'Citizen journalists' Often There First To Snap Photos
The death of Robert Dziekanski at the hands of the RCMP in the Vancouver airport has brought into question both police tactics and the use of tasers in general by Canadian police forces. At some point, abusive police officers will realize that the internet and citizen journalists have changed the rules of the game!
"The Tibet story is an especially powerful example of the influence digital photography has literally put into the hands of citizens. Citizen journalism showed its muscle during the Southeast Asian tsunami in the winter of 2004, when tourists armed with video cameras, digital still cameras and cellphones captured the first images of terrifying tidal waves ripping apart their idyllic vacation spots. World news was driven and nations mobilized by those amateur images. For mainstream news media, traditionally mistrustful of any material produced by non-professionals, it was a pivotal event."
Chris Cobb, Canwest News Service