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
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
As Emily Bell of Columbia pointed out in a recent speech about the disruption of journalism by technology, publishing has never been easier — but now it is controlled in a disturbing way by proprietary corporate platforms like Twitter and Facebook
When it comes to breaking news events, many people are willing to overlook the fact that some of the reports they are getting might not be verified or 100-percent accurate, in return for the immediacy and authenticity that comes with a report from someone close to the action
A protest in Ferguson, Missouri that escalated into a violent siege by anti-riot troops was another illustration of how valuable a citizen-powered form of media using Twitter and other social platforms can be, especially as a check on administrative power
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.
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
Anti-government protests took a deadly turn in Ukraine’s capital Kiev Tuesday, and live streamers were on scene as the situation went out of control.