From the Arab Spring to the Boston bombings - user-generated content (UGC) has become the new norm on screen, online and in print.
The footage is often shaky, the images blurred - pros might turn up their noses - but more and more stories are being broken by citizens in the heat of the action.
UGC has come a long way from letters to the editor and now the power to create news content has turned anyone with a smartphone into a potential journalist. And audiences are increasingly aware of their own changing role.
Citizen-powered news is forcing mainstream media to adapt and now a new generation of intermediaries is here to help - sourcing content, verifying it - even training amateurs in the needs of the newsroom.
Nikki Usher from George Washington University says: "More and more people have mobile phones, more and more people have instant access to the recording of instant history in a way and a scale that has never before, before been seen, so that makes everybody a potential journalist, or at least everybody potentially able to commit what we might call an act of journalism."
Listening Post’s Will Yong takes a look now at the citizen content revolution and how UGC specialists are giving everyone the opportunity to commit individual acts of journalism and even get paid in the process.
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