Citizen Journalism

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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 »

Citizen Journalism
by Tim Karr

Saturday, May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The following is a guest post from FreePress to mark the day. “If you want to liberate a society,” Egyptian Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim said early in the year, “just give them the Internet.” In retrospect, Ghonim should have qualified his statement to include the kind [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Josh Stearns

This month the Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual analysis of Attacks on the Press, including a “Risk List” of the places where press freedom suffered most in 2013. As you might expect, conflict areas filled much of the list — Syria, Egypt, Turkey — but the place on the top of the list [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
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 »

Citizen Journalism
by Christoph Koettl

When I started working on human rights crises seven years ago, a promising and groundbreaking way to monitor violations were satellite images. The idea seemed simple enough: a single sensor in space taking pictures of inaccessible conflict zones, such as Darfur. Opening my laptop today in 2014, I have thousands of sensors at my fingertips, [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Josh Stearns

Last week Twitter and CNN announced a major partnership with the data analysis startup Dataminr to shift the way journalists use Twitter as an early alert system for breaking news. Dataminr worked with CNN to fine-tune the algorithms they use, to help close the gap “between the eyewitness wanting to be heard and the journalist who wants to listen,” [...] more »

Citizen Journalism
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 »


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