As journalist students we are often reminded of the dangers of using wikipedia in our research,the main concern being that the information contained within is neither accurate or verifiable.I,personally rarely use it prefering the more concentional search engines to get information.
Donna Shaw,writing in the American journalism review says
some journalists find it very valuable as a road map to troves of valuable information.and according to Donna
Dismissed by traditional journalism as a gimmicky source of faux information almost since it debuted in 2001, Wikipedia may be gaining some cautious converts as it works its way into the mainstream, albeit more as a road map to information than as a source to cite. While "according to Wikipedia" attributions do crop up, they are relatively rare.