So what does a pioneer of TV news think of citizen journalism?

So, anyone who watches a local newscast-pretty much in any market in the country–has seen or experienced the "Eyewitness News Effect." Its the brainchild of a man named Al Primo who launched the fast paced, high story count newscast on WABC TV in NYC in November of 1968.

Now 40 years later-it is ubiquitous, as are the alumnae of Eyewitness news: Geraldo Rivera, Trudy Haines (Philadelphia), Melba Toliver (who I worked with BTW at News 12 Long Island)–and the keystone is to tell the story that affects people.

So, my friend Heather Kovar on her NY Press Club blog spent some time with Al at his CT home–here is Al's take on citizen journalism–and its refreshing.

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