Citizen Journalism

Mural painted by Misha Tyutyunik and students from Brooklyn’s The Green School.
Shindig is an online video chat platform that allows users to have multiple kinds of conferencing. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.
Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how CrowdTangle identifies stories that are capturing attention in social media, and we learn how Shindig hosts large-scale online discussions that mimic a live event. PART 1: CrowdTangle Using CrowdTangle, newsrooms can see which stories are doing better than others on various social media platforms. We find out how it works […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Meagan Doll

As ordinary citizens gain more access to technology to distribute their eyewitness accounts, media outlets will have to address the legal and ethical dimensions of redistributing and using this content. A recent study from Eyewitness Media Hub suggests we’re not yet realizing this reality. The study, a follow-up on amateur footage research funded by the Tow […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore two tools that help newsrooms get photos and video from outside contributors. PART 1: Stringr Having a small staff often limits the amount of video a news operation can gather, but Stringr provides a digital marketplace where producers or editors can request and download specific footage from a network of contributors. […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we explore a tool for building data visualizations without programmers, and we learn about a platform that helps get social media posts into TV news. PART 1: Cloudstitch Cloudstitch offers a streamlined way for journalists without sophisticated programming skills to create their own online data visualizations. Co-founders Ted Benson and Jake Lau tell […] more »

Business
by Dena Levitz

Longtime journalist and digital executive Mike Porath took a personal struggle and turned it into a media site that’s being read by millions. When Porath and his wife discovered that one of their three young children had a rare chromosome disorder several years ago, it became a “life-altering experience,” he said. After the diagnosis, they […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we see how several mobile apps are making it easier to piece together video footage from multiple contributors, and we learn about a tool for publishers that helps website readers follow ongoing stories. PART 1: Collaborative video Several apps have emerged recently that enable groups of smartphone users to pile footage together into […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Reuben Stern

This week we offer a quick recap from the 2015 South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. We also learn about a startup that enables anyone to try out the latest tech gadgets, and we hear how another startup is hoping to use mobile technology to transform democracy. PART 1: SXSWi 2015 Recap Intelligent […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Hiba Zayadin

Abdullah Al-Maglooth and Raif Badawi are both Saudi bloggers. They both enjoy a massive online following. But while one of them was honored at the Arab Social Media Awards for employing social media channels to promote positivity and tolerance, the other is serving a ten-year prison sentence, and the very reason for his incarceration is […] more »

Citizen Journalism
by Stephen J. A. Ward

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I and other journalists in Western democracies deplored the violence and defended freedom of expression against terrorism. A common defense of the satirical magazine’s barbed cartoons was “the right to offend.” Some commentators made the principle absolute, and then concluded the following: If news media did not […] more »

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