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Does a series of Tweets really qualify as ‘citizen journalism’?

The Telegraph proclaims Mike Wilson a ‘citizen journalist’ after quoting his Tweets sent from the scene of the plane crash at Denver International Airport.

Mike Wilson, a passenger on the plane, sent these Tweets after leaving the burning plane.

According to the Telegraph: “As the entire right side of the Boeing 737 burned, Mr Wilson shared his experience live with his family, friends, and an increasingly wide audience of strangers on Twitter.”

The headline reads ‘Citizen journalist sets the world a Twitter after Denver plane crash.’

Wilson used Twitter to communicate to family and friends in a public way, and then to document his appearances on the television news, but is this really an example of ‘citizen journalism?’ Or a public eye-witness account? Or is there no difference?