Citizen Journalism’s stamp of approval by Arizona Republic

Once again the Arizona Republic has taken a stand on something that some news pundits have been queasy about. Citizen Journalism.

As Paul Maryniak, General Manager of the Arizona Republic’s Southeast Valley section wrote last week, the paper welcomes the trend. The “malcontents” and critics of the trend are flat-out wrong.

“At The Republic, we call our citizen journalism News By You. I hope you consider it if you’re trying to publicize any number of good or worthy things that are happening in your life.”

News By You is for clubs and organizations, proud parents and businesses, he says. Yes, he admits there are limited resources, broaching the topic of the economics of delivering the news. But the ability to feature reader-generated content allows the paper to feature stuff that even the pros could miss out, he says.

Last month Dan Shearer, senior editor of the paper also acknowledged the trend, mentioning how a citizen reporter had been the first responder to report a local church fire.

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