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How Not To Treat Citizen Journalists Like Dirt

These days, reporting the news effectively and competitively would be virtually impossible without the powerful contributions of amateurs who witness major news developments — especially the ones that happen where professional journalists aren't.
Given their valuable role in the newsgathering process, are we treating citizen journalists the way we should?
Join a pair of veteran social journalists — Eric Carvin of The Associated Press and Jennifer Preston of The New York Times — in a wide-ranging conversation on the responsibilities news organizations have to citizen journalists. They'll bring up everything from credit and permissions for user-generated content to working with amateurs who may find themselves reporting in dangerous or even life-threatening circumstances.
Anyone who's ever been a citizen journalist is encouraged to contribute to the conversation, as are fellow professional journalists and interested members of the public.

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Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor, Associated Press

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