Citizen Journalism and the Peter Parker Principle, a guest post by Hilde Lysiak

What is a journalist?

Is it someone with a fancy college degree? Or how about a person with a credential from a major newspaper or news show? Oxford’s online dictionary defines a journalist as “a person who writes for newspapers, magazines, or news websites.”

That definition fits in nicely with the caricature created by Hollywood, who gave us the image of that strapping middle aged man wearing a dark fedora pleading his case that his latest scoop is front page material to his high strung editor who likes to scream a lot.