But if we can all say anything we want won't things get out of control? In an uncensored society this is freedom of speech but professional journalists submit their words to an Editor so is editing censorship?
This means you may feel empowered to voice opinions that could be offensive or libellous without understanding the possible consequences.
While a professional journalist is paid for their work a citizen journalist usually isn't so why should they give the same high standards of accuracy and commitment?
This article points out some excellent examples of trusted news providers using unpaid writers such as The Huffington Post and CNN. It has been estimated that 40% of The Huffington Post's content is aggregated which basically means copied and stolen from other news sites. And most of the rest is written by unpaid bloggers. Basically that's enough for me to steer clear of them.
Incredibly, CNN laid off 50 members of staff while praising the company's iReporters citizen journalists. Some started to say CNN had made it clear that they saw no need to pay for trained reporters when they could get members of the public to write news stories for free. But where is the motivation to keep writing for no reward?
Citizen journalism is here to stay but is it reliable? When an iReporter on CNN tells you there has been a major incident, yet no other news sources are talking about it, should you always believe them or should you check elsewhere? With such freedom to publish it is important now more than ever to get a wider selection of opinions. With this week's dreadful explosions at the Boston Marathon the BBC, CNN, Fox News and Sky News were each giving out slightly different information so I looked for their sources online who were officials of the city, trusted reporters and members of the public at the scene. Looking at all of this information I built up a more accurate picture of the situation. I guess this now proves one news source is no longer enough for most people and citizen journalism can fit in beside well-known sources. Do you agree or would you prefer some form of censorship/editing?