Saturday, October 08, 2005

Cellphone video captures Pakistan quake building collapse

Once again, the mainstream news media has been scooped by a member of the public. An employee of Sun Li Sichuan Petroleum Administration in Islamabad, identified by CNN as an executive shot cellphone camera video of an Islamabad apartment building collapsing in today's 7.6 earthquake [Windows Media streaming video @ CNN]. The video was cut into a report by CNN correspondent (former CBC Toronto reporter) Satinder Bindra.

It's conceivable that before too long, individuals with footage like this will bypass the mainstream media altogether and either self-publish -- as video bloggers are already starting to do -- or make video like this available to online outlets. That doesn't make them journalists -- but it doesn't stop them from being journalists either.

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