After the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s compound was live-tweeted by Sohaib Athar, there has been a raging debate as to whether or not tweeting makes one a journalist. Are prestigious degrees from journalism schools — and jobs at storied institutions — totally unnecessary? Is a twitter account and being in the right place at the right time all it takes for you to put “Journalist” on your DMV application?

SF Weekly blogger Dan Mitchell argues that Athar is not a journalist, not even a “citizen journalist” (a lesser designation). Writes Mitchell:

For the most part, Facebook and Twitter aren’t organs of journalism, rather simply organs of dissemination (both of journalism and of sentiments like: “hell naw at 2 something n the morning i was tlking to somebody dat called me private lmao i was half sleep.”)

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