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
Eliot Higgins, the investigative blogger also known as Brown Moses, has launched a new project that uses crowdsourced data to track Ukrainian and Russian troop and vehicle movements in real time
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
British blogger Brown Moses, also known as Eliot Higgins, has become a leading source of fact-checked information about military activity in Syria and elsewhere, despite having no journalistic training. And now he wants to bring those skills to others through a site called Bellingcat.
British blogger Eliot Higgins, who has become a self-taught expert in the crowdsourced verification of news under his alias Brown Moses, is planning to launch a site called Bellingcat that will bring together other citizen journalists and also offer tools for those who want to learn how to do what he does
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
It’s easy to get demoralized by all of the upheaval and chaos in the media sphere, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism about both media in general and journalism, and here are six of the ones I find most interesting.
Real-time verification of breaking news increasingly involves the use of crowdsourcing and other social tools, and both Storyful and Reddit’s Syrian civil war forum are good examples of how to do it properly and effectively
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.