Friday, April 1, 2011

Citizen journalism: is it sustainable?

I admit, I'm still impressed with The UpTake. They definitely fulfill a need, supplementing and rounding out the coverage provided by more traditional news outlets. But I hope their model isn't the mold for future for-profit media enterprises, ultimately for purely selfish reasons.

It's very admirable and inspiring that folks are willing to become journalists simply for the love of it. I recall saying to my wife, when I first began working as a professional reporter about six years ago, "Don't tell my boss this, but I can't believe they're paying me to do this."

But if it came down to it, I would have a hard time doing this for free. I have no illusions about getting rich this way, but if I'd wanted to take a vow of poverty, I'd have been a monk.

Jorge Sosa is a writer/photographer for the Hutchinson Leader. He can be reached via email at jsosa1234@gmail.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jsosa1234.