Monday, January 07, 2008

Speaking of rubbish

I noticed this headline: Soldiers bulldoze Naples rubbish

And hence the story. So far, so P-EU.

What intrigued me more, in terms of the nature of news gathering, was this at the end:

Are you in Naples? Have you been affected by the rubbish collection crisis? Use the form below to send us your stories, some of which may be published.

You can send pictures and video to: or to send via mobile please dial +44 (0)7725 100 100.

I'm all for citizen journalism, but just wondered what checks and balances existed on this, or indeed any other comments or footage that comes in and ends up on a major news site. Do they verify?

Seems like an invitation to create something if one is so minded to sway a story.

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