Citizen Journalism

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Iran's peyvandha.ir — a place where Iranian Internet users are given a pre-selected set of options for sites to visit -- has gone through several iterations. This is how it looked in 2011 during its fourth iteration. Image courtesy of Global Voices.
Citizen Journalism
by Mahsa Alimardani

“The Internet environment is like a raging river full of water, and the water keeps on brimming and roaring. If we devise a plan for this river, and can direct it as we wish to a dam, we can create opportunities out of it. But if we leave it, and do not devise plans for […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Madeleine Bair

The instinct to believe what we see has made video a driving force in news coverage, but it has also been exploited as a powerful tool for manipulation. As journalists and crisis responders increasingly look toward YouTube, social media, and their audiences for firsthand footage of developing stories, they can find themselves the target of […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a platform for engaging with audiences via text messages, and we explore how to handle corrections to social media posts. PART 1: Groundsource A new platform called Groundsource seeks to help newsrooms interact with their communities outside the confines of smartphones and social media, instead relying on more basic text […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by David Agren

Last month, photographs of a woman were posted on the Twitter account @Miut3 with an ominous message. “My life has come to an end today. Don’t put your families at risk like I did,” the tweet read. “I’m sorry. I died for nothing. They are closer on our trail than you think.” The woman depicted […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore three examples that mine electronic Web data to inform news coverage. PART 1: Vocativ The news organization Vocativ uses sophisticated online surveillance tools that dive into the “deep Web” to find and surface newsworthy items. Chief Executive Officer Scott Cohen tells us how the combination of intelligence technology, data analysts and […] more »

Citizen Journalism
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 »

Citizen Journalism
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 »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we learn about a collaboration to build an open-source commenting and discussion platform for news organizations, and we explore how the Verification Handbook can help inform the use of citizen-generated materials. PART 1: Building a new engagement platform The New York Times, the Washington Post and Mozilla are working together to build an […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Angela Washeck

In a news landscape of fragmented ad dollars, declining print revenues and segmented audiences, it’s no secret that local journalism is one of the media industry’s toughest nuts to crack. That’s why an initiative called the Local News Lab (LNL) started about a month ago with the hopes of finally getting to the bottom of […] more »


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