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Bambuser offers free live-streaming service for citizen journalists



Touting its belief in "free speech and democracy," the live video-streaming app Bambuser announced that it is offering free premium access to its service for citizen journalists, according to Editors Weblog.

According to the Bambuser blog, live streaming from citizen journalists is especially important when professional news media don't have access. "Over the past years we've seen more and more activists and citizen journalists use Bambuser to broadcast real-time information about activities and events when they happen. We think that user generated content broadens the overall picture of what's actually going on, and is needed to complement professional news reporting," the site said.

Citizen journalists who sign up will receive unlimited streaming and unlimited storage. Plus, Bambuser's deal with the Associated Press (AP) wire service means citizen journalists can opt to allow the AP to access and distribute their videos, explained journalism.co.uk.

As the site The Next Web pointed out, Bambuser has been a key mobile tool for spreading the word during the protests of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Citizen journalists and activists who want to apply for the free Bambuser service should send an email to info@bambuser.com with their Bambuser username and a brief description of what they do.



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