Tag: citizen journalism

by Jennifer Dorroh

In the slums of Nairobi, many people say they are willing to skip a meal to afford a mobile phone. “A mobile phone helps them to optimize their lives in the long term through better access to information and resources, including food,” said Gabrielle Gauthey, executive vice president of global telecommunications company Alcatel Lucent. “Access [...] more »

by Sarah Alvarez

When I see the word “crowdsourcing” used in journalism it’s hard for me not to see it as condescending. Crowdsourcing isn’t bad, and at any level it does allow folks to participate in media, a far better thing than just consuming. But it’s not enough. If the occasional crowdsourced web feature and comment thread are [...] more »

by Evelyn Messinger

Click to read our whole series For two weeks every four years, the media and the politicos gather for the insider’s ritual of selecting a presidential candidate. Really, it’s an opportunity for them to party, schmooze and show the special interests, who support their cause, a good time. The role of the citizen in these [...] more »

by Alex Ragir

Just before the Syrian revolution became increasingly violent eight months ago, Hussein worked for his family’s real estate company showing apartments around the city of Quasir. That all ended when frequent bombings and gunfire between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and Syrian rebels turned the country into one of the most dangerous places in the world. [...] more »

by Jillian C. York

When prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was arrested during a protest in 2006, his friends and fellow bloggers from all over the world sprung into action, launching a multifaceted campaign to free the activist. The campaign’s success was inspiring, and the techniques used would serve as a blueprint for future efforts. As bloggers [...] more »

by Benjamin Shors

SPOKANE, Wash. — For years, Otto Zehm lived an unassuming life on this city’s margins — working as a janitor during the day, eating dinner in convenience stores at night, playing guitar with his friends. In the spring of 2006, that quiet life ended after Zehm was taken into police custody for a crime he [...] more »

by Caty Borum Chattoo

Last July, a high-speed train crashed in the Wenzhou suburbs of China’s Zhejiang Province, killing 38 people and injuring 192. The Chinese government’s media apparatus quickly swung into gear, working overtime to quell growing rumors of an engineering flaw that may have caused the crash. But despite the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt at full control [...] more »

by Josh Stearns

This month, federal agencies and local officials sent two powerful but conflicting messages to the American public about our right to record. On May 14, the Justice Department submitted a letter to the Baltimore Police Department providing in-depth guidance on citizens’ right to record.┬áThe letter was submitted as part of a court case that dates [...] more »

by Lily Leung

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung. 1. U.S. newspaper staffing falls to lowest point in 34 years (Newsosaur) 2. What James Murdoch’s departure from BSkyB could mean for Rupert Murdoch (Reuters) 3. AP turns to citizen reporters for live video news (GigaOm) 4. Did the LA Times [...] more »

by Anne Medley

Tomorrow (Jan. 14, 2012) marks the one-year anniversary of Tunisia’s liberation from 23 years of oppression under dictator Ben Ali. It was a liberation sparked by one man’s shocking public protest against injustice through self-immolation and fueled by the power of citizen journalism and social media. During the last months of 2010, Tunisians captured footage [...] more »