Following on from the thread about the Australian Open and use of photographers, Petapixel had another article about non-professional photography being used in a newspaper, this time on the front page. I think that this is a sign of the times where 'near enough is good enough' for many media organisations that previously prided themselves in high quality results (I guess it goes with the often extremely poor spelling and grammar, as well as fact checking, you now see in newspapers). The interesting thing with using Instagram photos and the like is how are newspapers validating whether the photos represent fact? There has been discussion here already that photo-journalism requires photographs that haven't been manipulated in any way, but if newspapers are crowdsourcing photos, then I think this concept has gone out the window. Not only are newspapers willing to accept what is often poor quality results, they now appear to accept manipulated (or potentially manipulated) photographs as well. Clearly this is the way things will head in future, and if mistakes are made, the papers will claim innocence and keep rolling on. I guess this decline has been evident for some time.