Madeleine Bair

Madeleine Bair curates the Human Rights Channel for WITNESS, a Webby-nominated collaboration with Storyful, hosted on YouTube. Follow her at @MadBair, and follow the channel at @ytHumanRights.

by Madeleine Bair

This is the second in a two-part series. Click here to read part one. “The rise of UGC means many journalists’ roles will change. Rather than being the sole bearers of truth, journalists will be required to allow more space for people to tell their own stories directly.”  - Tow Center for Digital Journalism report [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

“When everything is already all lit up, a searchlight is just another thing you can’t see.” – Eric Newton, “Searchlights and Sunglasses” The premise of Eric Newton’s Searchlights and Sunglasses is that a world flooded with information requires a new type of journalist — one who filters information rather than shines a light on it. [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

Four years ago, a police killing in rural Buckfield, Jamaica was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube. The fatal shooting of a man who was laying on the ground, surrounded by a crowd, with no visible weapons but the rocks at his side, made headlines in Jamaica and unmasked the lies in the police department’s [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

This post was co-authored with Kibret Yebetit and Jeya Lorenz The Human Rights Channel works to amplify videos that document human rights issues around the world. But how do we find those videos? One way is with help from our partners at Storyful, who find and verify social media when news breaks. Another important source [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

“Say hi to your mom,” a young bully says to the 15-year-old boy his posse has surrounded on a park bench. “You will be an Internet celebrity.” The chilling taunt comes 4 minutes into a 20-minute Russian YouTube video of homophobic harassment that went viral last week. It is the most chilling reminder that as [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

What a video doesn’t show is sometimes the heart of the story. Liam Stack, who curates citizen video at the New York Times, explains how he finds videos and tells the stories of the unknowns. “Watching Syria’s War,” a New York Times video project, presents the Syrian conflict through citizen video in a way that [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

At the National Conference on Media Reform earlier this month, a topic I heard repeated in panel after panel was the diversity of voices. Media consolidation, industry cutbacks, and political repression are among the threats to reporting on and by independent and diverse perspectives around the world. The videos we see on a regular basis [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

In November, one video caught the attention of international observers, news outlets, and criminal prosecutors. It’s the type of video whose images have altered the discussion on the Syrian conflict, and may also revolutionize the role of citizen video in times of war. The scene takes place in an open-walled building off a main road [...] more »