Guardian: If you fancy being a journalist, there has never been a better time – provided you don’t mind giving your services for free.|
Dozens of websites now want you to report for them, especially if you
have been involved in an earthquake or flood, or been on site during a
campus massacre. Train and helicopter crashes, forest fires, robberies
and countless other events can at least make local news.
Among these websites is CNN’s iReport.
All you have to do is upload your story, photo or video. Last month,
CNN featured 915 user reports drawn from more than 10,000 submissions.
Both numbers are expected to grow. What’s often called "user-generated
news” is mainly the result of the mobile phone revolution. People have
always been around newsworthy events, but only now do they have the
means to report them to hand – literally