Tag: citizen reporting

by Jessica Weiss

Knight International Journalism Fellow Babatunde Akpeji is building a network of citizen journalists to cover health in Nigeria‚Äôs Delta region, an area rich in oil and natural resources but beset by severe poverty. Akpeji trains the citizen journalists in basic reporting techniques, simple audio and video production, mobile tools and journalism ethics. Then, the participants [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. When everyone is an eyewitness, what is a journalist? (Storyful) 2. The social media tail must not wag the MSM dog (Reuters) 3. Forbes Media’s DVorkin: “I’m not a geek, I just like doing new things” (Guardian) 4. Online media: AOL’s second life (Economist) 5. Facebook Home has 500k+ installations a week after launch [...] more »

by Jenny Xie

Two blasts near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon Monday left the city in shock and frenzy. Soon after, disheartening on-the-ground tweets, photos and videos were shared throughout the social web. In the early hours, these updates served to inform the entire world of the horror and tragedy transpiring through the streets of [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. A proposed Texas law promotes correcting incorrect news, online and off (Nieman) 2. MOOCs and assessments and makers, oh my! A SXSWedu summary (EdSurge) 3. The Telegraph group cuts 80 print jobs, creates 50 digital jobs (Guardian) 4. Citizen journalism school turns coffee shops into classrooms (Crosscut) 5. Transitioning from text books to open [...] more »

by Jenny Hauser

When young Arabs took to the streets of North Africa in 2011 to fight for democracy armed with Internet-connected mobile phones, few, if any, were there to shake the foundations of traditional news reporting. But their YouTube videos and other social media content have become a staple of news coverage from the region. Even the [...] more »

by Madeleine Bair

In November, one video caught the attention of international observers, news outlets, and criminal prosecutors. It’s the type of video whose images have altered the discussion on the Syrian conflict, and may also revolutionize the role of citizen video in times of war. The scene takes place in an open-walled building off a main road [...] more »

by Jennifer Dorroh

Ideas for spurring data-driven journalism, verifying media reports, and creating better tools for investigative and citizen journalism emerged as winners in Africa’s first news innovation contest. The African Media Initiative announced the 20 winners of its African News Innovation Challenge, which aims to drive media innovation by investing $1 million in startup capital. Twenty winners [...] 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 »