Convention Cattle Call for Citizen Journalists -- Genuine or Gimmick?

Well, this is one way to get into a convention as a citizen journalist:


Technology News: Video 2.0: MySpace, NBC Hold Citizen Journalist Cattle Call for Convention Gigs
by Keith Regan, TechNewsWorld, posted 06/26/08 1:56 PM PT

Already teaming up on, NBC and News Corp. are again partnering on another effort -- this time involving citizen journalism. NBC News, MSNBC and MySpace together launched the Decision '08 Convention contest, offering two MySpace members the chance to attend and cover the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions for them.


Starting Thursday and until July 16, members of MySpace over the age of 18 will be able to submit short video clips to the Decision '08 Convention contest, answering questions such as why they feel voting is important, how they'd get convention "scoops" or why they're the right person for the citizen journalism role.

[...more information at the link in the title...]


I wonder, tho, if this is simply a theft of the term "citizen journalism" for the purpose of a gimmicky self-interest play on the part of the web service providers...


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American Idol redux.

"Be America's next Talon News star!"
...humph. :/