Journalistic skills, and not just tools to record events, can be spread, taught and encouraged.
This post, Move Over Citizen Journalism, prompts me to think we ought to add a J to the STEAM acronym. That would be Journalism, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.
These days, which are characterised by a shallow understanding of critical events and ideas leading increasingly to uncivil behavour on both sides of conflicts, civics ought to be as important as any of the STEM courses. And so far as journalism–the Fourth (newspapers) and now Fifth (blogs and social media) Estates–is an essential part of civil society, cultivating clear and courageous journalistic thinking in young people seems like a good idea.