Tag: citizen journalism

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 »

by Jenny Xie

In mid-November, tension between Gaza and Israel escalated to new heights as hundreds of rockets were exchanged over the region day after day. Both the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas, the political group that governs the Gaza Strip have taken the battle to Twitter, where they broadcast attack strategies, death tolls, victim photos, and [...] more »

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 »