Bravo to Wall Street Journal for taking video feeds seriously enough to give them a special stream. But the paper may be missing a huge opportunity by limiting video to that only from Journal staffers/editors. The paper argues it wants only high-quality, carefully vetted material. I can’t support that enough. But why not deploy those editors/vetters to work with everyday citizens to raise the standards where needed, making journalism more like a collaboration with them rather than a lecture?
If there is anything that distinguishes post-9/11 news, it is the breathtaking, iconic feeds of photos and videos from everyday people at scenes of historic events, from 9/11 and the London train bombs to the Hudson River plane crash and Arab Spring uprisings. To not let these phone-toting armies participate is just silly and myopic.