Tag: citizen journalism

by Julie Keck

1. Washington Post Co. chairman and CEO Don Graham on the sale of the company to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and more (Neiman Lab) 2. Google revamps search to feature in-depth articles (CNET) 3. Tech magnates bet on Twitter-savvy politician Booker and his future (NYT) 4. Twitter’s killer new two-factor authentication kicks SMS to the curb [...] more »

by Davin Hutchins

This article was co-written by Brian Williamson. It’s a first-person account of a project by the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The news reports from Syria are dominated by casualty counts: 80 thousand… 90 thousand… 100 thousand people killed in the conflict. Comprehension of Syria’s human suffering is desperately needed to keep the human cost in [...] 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 Jennifer Dorroh

South America is home to the world’s largest rainforest, its greatest river, and some of its most challenging environmental problems, from pollution to deforestation. Yet environmental issues are often overlooked by the region’s media, says environmental journalist and mapping expert Gustavo Faleiros. “In South America, environmental coverage is always a second-class issue. It only gets covered [...] more »

by Josh Stearns

One of the most troubling things about the politicians and pundits who are calling for Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s prosecution, calling him an accomplice to Edward Snowden’s leaks, is that just a month ago we saw the same language coming out of the Justice Department itself. Before the National Security Agency leaks captured the nation’s [...] more »

by Lise LePage

This post was co-authored by Christopher Grotke Ten years ago, when we started iBrattleboro.com as a community news source “by, for, and about Brattleboro, Vermont,” we thought it was important to hear from the people themselves and not just government and media. Media consolidation was rampant in 2003, and we worried that there would be [...] more »

by Josh Stearns

Last month the Chicago Sun Times fired its entire staff of photographers -– 28 full-time journalists — and plans to rely primarily on freelancers. This news is just the most recent in a growing trend across the news industry, which is relying more than ever before on independent journalists and freelancers. However, despite all the [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Chicago Sun-Times lays off its photo staff (Chicago Tribune) 2. Attorney general to media re: AP phone snooping: I get it (Politico) 3. Netflix wants to spend up to 15 percent of its content cash on originals (paidContent) 4. How news companies can compete with companies like Google and Facebook for advertiser dollars (Nieman Lab) 5. Social media editor role is ‘more about [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Hearst nabs 1 million tablet subscribers (Mashable) 2. BuzzFeed takes steps to add foreign news (NYT) 3. Google reportedly launching paid YouTube subscriptions this week (The Verge) 4. The Truth About Reddit (AdAge) 5. Citizen journalism platform Groundviews thrives in Sri Lanka (Editors Weblog) 6. Concerns about the rising power of media moguls in [...] more »

by Michele McLellan

Mainstream news organizations have had mixed results with citizen news reporting. While crowdsourcing efforts such as CNN’s iReport and Help Me Investigate have yielded valuable information, many other efforts have foundered, often on journalists’ expectation that citizen-created news must look like what the professionals produce to have value. Enter community foundation-supported initiatives to enable citizens [...] more »