Here’s what National Geographic is offering online re the oil spill — a gallery of images from Reuters, Getty, and AP that you could find virtually anywhere on the web:
Here’s what CNN is offering via iReporters, the network’s distributed team of citizen journalists:
And here’s what we’re wondering:
- Why is our Society so reluctant to elevate and highlight the creative power and potential contributions of all its members?
- Why haven’t our editorial managers and our Society’s social media “experts” tapped the potential of the more than 4 million people out here who could contribute far more than cat pictures?
- Why are we letting other media organizations — who would kill to have the word “Society” in their name — keep eating our lunch on crowdsourced journalism? Can’t we do any better than soliciting videos about “Favorite Places, Green Tips, Weather, Wildlife, and Pets“?