NowPublic in De Standaard
As my photos illustrate, professional journalists and media companies need to loosen up a little or they might go numb. Amateur journalists have learned to drive; it's almost time to hand over the keys -- or at least, to let us be the co-pilot. Denial will not protect the barricades around your residual self image.
(Disclosure: I am an advisor to NowPublic.)
The one page article about <a href="http://nowpublic.com">NowPublic</a> and citizen journalism as published in the August 4 edition of <a href="http://standaard.be">De Standaard</a>. The article has good things to say about NowPublic.
<a href="http://www.mict.be/personeel/dr-steve-paulussen">Steve Paulussen</a> (post-doctoral fellow at <a href="http://ugent.be">Ghent University</a>) states that Belgian's most popular city blog, <a href="http://gentblogt.be">Gentblogt</a>, can't compete with <a href="http://standaard.be">De Standaard's online news outlet</a>. Steve argues that Belgium doesn't have enough amateur journalists.
Pol Deltour, secretary of the <a href="http://www.agjpb.be/vvj/">Flemish Association of Journalists</a> claims that citizen journalism is less credible and not as trustworthy as professional journalism. He argues that <a href="http://nowpublic.com">NowPublic</a> does not have the resources to verify the correctness of their correspondents' footage.