Citizen Journalism is Reshaping the World

Brian Conley is director of Small World News and has been involved in media literacy and media democracy work for more than ten years and has trained journalists and citizen media makers in a dozen countries. Brian designed the program and training for IndiaUnheard a national “community news service” comprised of Indian community activists from all over the country, and he led Small World News’ work assisting Pajhwok Afghan News to develop a video service, which expanded the capacity of their provincial journalists to produce quality multimedia journalism. He has designed an array of projects leveraging emerging technologies to develop community media in conflict areas and repressive states.

Journalist Paul Lewis talks about new media, citizen journalism. and how he has used social media to investigate two murders. He also talks about the new level of transparency and accountability new media offer in public life.

In an age when anyone can become a citizen journalist, with little more than their smartphone, we should have higher expectations of the discipline’s work — both commercial and independent and citizen reporting. In the West particularly, we need more human tragedy reportage, which is a cornerstone of humane, watchdog and investigative journalism. Such journalism is often responsible for the first draft of the historical record. And so often this journalism fails us, reducing tragedy to statistics. This is radically wrong. So something radically needs to change, in the minds of journalists, their editors, and their consumers. Harry proposes a new standard for journalism as a general discipline. Every single human tragedy should be documented. That means we should start to expect from content-producers, more reportage, and more humane reportage.

Videre: the secretive group on a mission to film human-rights abuses


by David James Smith.

Somewhere in Africa, a white man gets up and goes to the bathroom. He pops up the handle on his wheeled suitcase and pulls it across the tiled floor and down a set of steps to the urinal. When he has finished he hauls the case back up the steps to the table and parks it beside him, within arm’s reach. He never lets the object out of his sight.

The bag is his life, and it exercises power over many other lives too. If it fell into the wrong hands there would be consequences — the contents could cause people to be tortured, or even murdered. That’s why Wired cannot tell you where he is sitting, nor reveal his identity. Nor can we reveal the country — except to say that it’s outside Africa — where he lives with his family. His wife exists in a state of anxiety when he is not at home and is often irritated when he is, such are the distractions of his work — notably the constant interruptions of his nine phones. She is proud of his work, he says, but angry too. The pair are in counselling. The phones ring at all hours of the day and night. Often the person on the other end of the line is thousands of kilometres away, in fear of his or her life, with no one else to turn to. At that moment, the man needs to make a decision — to offer advice or direction that could make the difference between life and death. He does not carry that burden lightly. Read more

Hidden cameras that film injustice in the world’s most dangerous places

To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness

Bloggers are more dangerous to US Government than ISIS

News continues to become more and more bizarre – “bloggers” on the same level as ISIS (more on them later)??

At the time of writing this, a mere month has passed since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released their “domestic terrorist list” via the Southern Poverty Law Center. We Are Change was on that list beside neo-nazis, with Luke Rudkowski having an entire profile dedicated to him. Those who know our content and integrity will have a hearty laugh at the action, however this demonstrates how the current power structure views “alternative” news – it worries them. All the while, people such as Hillary Clinton and the ever “honorable” Henry Kissinger walk free with no justice brought to them for their innumerable crimes. Read more / video

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