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Topic “citizen journalism”

Murder of citizen journalist in Mexico sends shock waves through citizen news networks

The recent murder of María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio, a physician and citizen journalist known on Twitter for her reports of cartel activity in northern Mexico, has sent shock waves through the state of Tamaulipas and shaken journalists working in citizen news networks across the region. Read more »


New CNN initiative aims to turn Google Glass users into citizen journalists

In an early attempt to leverage what could become an important tool for citizen journalists around the world, CNN has launched a new initiative to recruit Google Glass users who want to share their stories, photos and videos. With the move the cable news network has become the first major media outlet in the United States to embrace the new wearable technology. Read more »


In Venezuelan protests, citizen journalists fill the information gap


On February 12th, violent protests in Caracas led to the deaths of three people. Eyewitnesses sent video footage and photographs to the newspaper Ultimas Noticias, which then published them online. The footage shows both security forces in uniform and people dressed in civilian clothing opening fire on protesters, quite a different account than the one presented by official media. As with Ukraine and other countries in conflict, social media and citizen journalism is playing a crucial role in getting the truth out. Read more »


Mídia NINJA: an alternative journalism phenomenon that emerged from the protests in Brazil

A media phenomenon has emerged in Brazil in the wake of the massive protests that are spreading throughout the country since June. The news collective Mídia NINJA, broadcasting live from the streets with its "no cuts, no censorship" model, has attracted the attention and admiration of thousands of people in the last few weeks. Read more »


Journalists and citizens denounce abuses of authority through cell phone cameras and social networking


Cellular phone cameras have become a powerful tool for journalists and citizens in reporting requests for bribes and other excessive uses of power. Read more »


Twitter's new video app Vine: The next big thing in social media newsgathering?

Vine, a new app from Twitter, could be the next big thing in social media newsgathering, according to some media watchers. Released on Jan. 24, the so-called “Instagram for video,” allows users to capture six-second looping videos and share them on TwitterRead more »


YouTube emerges as major news source, Pew study shows

YouTube has turned into an important source for viewing news, creating a "new kind of visual journalism," according to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, released Monday, July 16. Read more »


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