Journalism has been unchained
The power of amateur or “citizen” journalism becomes obvious when you look at two recent examples: one being the tracking of military activity in Ukraine, and the other the effort by residents of one of Rio’s biggest slums to document police violence
A sword cuts both ways
It’s easy to see the downside of citizen journalism when right-wing bloggers attack rape victims, but those same tools have also been used to expose government secrets and reveal crucial information about dictatorships and terrorist groups
We no longer have to rely solely on reports from a handful of mainstream media outlets when news breaks in places like Ukraine or Gaza, and while that has made the news environment more chaotic it has also led to some significant benefits for journalism
Many traditional news outlets are happy to have “user-generated content” or citizen journalism for their breaking news reports, a Tow Center study finds — but most do a poor job of identifying it as UGC, and don’t provide credit to the original creator
Eliot Higgins is a blogger — also known as Brown Moses — who has become a leading source of information about Syria, and his success shows how anyone with the right motivation can train themselves to perform many of the key functions we associate with being a journalist
A one-man media operation that is devoted to reporting on news affecting the Jersey Shore area is another great example of a non-professional journalist stepping in to fill the needs of a community.
Eliot Higgins, an unemployed British blogger with no military background, has become a crucial source of information about illegal weapons being used in Syria for both human-rights organizations and traditional journalists.
How’s this for tearing things up? A big TV news agency is tapping citizen video journalists as producers, Reddit users as editors and YouTube as financiers, for a new online journalism channel.
Glocal wants to become the Hulu for local news and entertainment content, and help local publishers earn more money than on YouTube. That’s ambitious – but it’s also a good reminder that online video isn’t always about the big hits that are popular everywhere.
Citizen journalism and social-media tools have made it easier to get information out of countries like Egypt and Syria, but in some cases these reports may not be true. Does that mean citizen journalism is unreliable? No. It just means we need to approach it differently.
News agencies that want to cover events happening in restricted parts of the world have had few options for licensing high-quality content. Cont3nt.com is trying to solve that problem, with a platform to discover and license videos shot by local professionals.
The firestorm of criticism that erupted over the New York Times public editor’s question about whether reporters should be “truth vigilantes” is a sign there is still a huge gap between what the mainstream media thinks its job is and what readers think.
Many traditional journalists see “citizen journalism” as a negative thing, an untrustworthy source of information that diminishes their role as gatekeepers of the news — but New York Times foreign correspondent and author Nick Kristof says that he sees the value of the phenomenon.
Libya is blocking access to YouTube, and border guards have started to frisk people for camera phones. Still, plenty of clips from within the country show up online, offering us a glimpse at a country in turmoil that has been off limits to traditional journalists.
Local TV station ABC7 has partnered with YouTube to use its YouTube Direct tools to collect videos from citizen journalists for its local news. The partnership comes as YouTube has expanded its capabilities to make it easier for users to submit videos to news organizations.
YouTube (s goog) has launched a new tool, called YouTube Direct, that aims to connect news organizations with citizen journalists producing web…