How can credible citizen reporting be distinguished?
For the most part, citizen journalism remains unedited and unfiltered. But some Web sites are trying to change that. Citizen media site GroundReport, for instance, was founded in 2006 by a reporter hoping to find, highlight and monetize the most powerful and credible citizen media reports online.
The business model: Try to incentivize high quality work by paying contributors whose reports receive the most traffic, and vet content through a team of community and internal editors. Individuals, in a sense, become self-sustaining news producers.
What do you think: is a "self-policing" model such as GroundReport a way for credible reporters to distinguish themselves amidst the deluge of citizen reporting? Is this the future of citizen journalism? Are there other ways to distinguish credible citizen reporting?