I appreciate and relish the fact that the concept of Citizen Journalism is fast catching up with the modern society. Lots of interesting incidents are taking place around us, which unfortunately do not make to the mainstream media. And we cannot blame the mainstream media for not highlighting those stories, as the former must adhere to certain guidelines while carrying stories. If a story is interesting but not at par with those guidelines, then it is obvious that the mainstream media will not carry that story.
This is the gap that Citizen Journalism fills up. It is sort of a "media periphery", which accommodates those stories which do not make to the mainstream media, but are interesting all the same. The end result is a huge widening of media reach, thus facilitating our reach and accessibility to a wider range of news. And the benefit? Greater enrichment of knowledge (More information = More knowledge).
The emergence of New/Social Media has provided Citizen Journalism enthusiasts with a plethora of tools, such as Blogs, Twitters, You Tube, etc. And it is really heartening to see how a number of enterprising youths are making a great use of these tools. Our heartiest wishes to all of them.
Undoubtedly, the birth of the concept of Citizen Journalism is one of the best things to have happened in the recent times. It has really enriched the modern human society, and has revolutionized the world of media and information dissemination. I sincerely hope that technology will come up with more tools that will further enhance the reach and strength of Citizen Journalists.
The mainstream media is like our elder brother, whom we both love and respect. And Citizen Journalism is like our kid brother, who was born in front of our eyes, whom we love and adore, and whom we are watching to grow up into a strong and stout gentleman.