What are the best aspects of citizen journalism?

Alternatively, what are some of the potential issues with citizen journalism? How do you work to combat these?

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The best aspects of citizen journalism are

1. It empowers the public. We see more and hear more about the world. 2. It educates the public about how information spreads. Next time they receive information they know a bit more about how the sausage is made and can judge it for themselves.

The worst part is when there is a gap between 1-2: ie: Something is misleading or handled poorly. That can and does happen.