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
The crowdfunding platform Beacon just announced a partnership with Newsweek magazine to help fund a reporter investigating sexual assaults on college campuses, and despite the criticisms of an earlier partnership with The Huffington Post, there are a lot of benefits to such an approach
Following the exodus of Facebook LGBTQ members to Ello, Facebook’s head of product published a post admitting to the company’s mistakes and promising to rectify them.
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.
A group of six digital-media outlets, including VICE News and Mashable, have formed a loose collective aimed at collaborating on breaking news about Ukraine, an effort that started with a shared Twitter account and hashtag but could go further in the future
Reddit general manager Erik Martin says that while bad things happen on the site, the impressive thing is how infrequent they are, and how much good the site’s community achieves — and that’s part of the rationale behind the new live-reporting feature
Critics of Reddit point to a moderator’s repeated removal of a Glenn Greenwald story as proof that the site can’t be trusted to do journalism, but in reality the moderator’s behavior is no worse — and in some ways better — than that of a newspaper editor
Reddit is beta testing a new feature that allows users to create and update live blogs about breaking news events such as the recent uprising in Ukraine or the war in Syria — a move that could be a valuable addition to the cause of “open-source journalism”
Activists and others involved in the war in Syria say Facebook has been deleting pages created by dissidents and removing content because it violates the social network’s standards, and that important information about the conflict is being lost as a result
This time, Reddit was the one that avoided naming the wrong suspect, while mainstream outlets bungled the story — but the bigger picture is that both traditional media and crowdsourced media have their strengths.