Within minutes of reports, still emerging, of possible small explosions at several tube stations in London, two weeks after the original bombing attacks, both BBC News and Sky News are touting for user submitted photos. This demonstrates how much importance news organisations are starting to place on user submitted content, particularly as events are unfolding and news crews scamble to get to the scene of major incidents. Is this the awakening, finally, of major news organisations to the idea of the Citizen Journalist?
Sky News Asks: Were you anywhere near the incidents at Warren Street, Oval or Shepherd’s Bush? Were you on any of the tubes. Please send us your photos or experiences of what happened.
BBC page asking for user submissions
Update – 14.39 on 21 July: user generated content starting to appear on BBC News website
Update – 04 August: "Four weeks on from the London bombings, the news business in Britain has changed forever" writes BBC News Online’s Torin Douglas