Citizen Journalism

Why We Need Quality Citizen Journalism More Than Ever

Adam Manuel | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Adam Manuel

The advent of smart phones has given power to the people. The presence, speed and accessibility allows the everyday citizen to report and break news to a global audience faster than traditional journalists, and much faster than news reporters. This has resulted in a society that's more politically active than ever before (and that's a good thing.)

What Is the Future of News Media?

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Lindsay Pattison

Increasingly, I link from Twitter and now Facebook as much as I go to news brands' own sites. The enmeshing of 'Old' and 'New' moves the speed versus veracity debate on to a more realistic debate of authenticity and engagement on consumers' terms.

Twitter Is Becoming More Like Vine

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Tech

Twitter has finally given its iPhone and Android app a major update bringing Vine-like video and the ability to send group messages to more than 20 pe...

This Man Is Crowd-Funding His Hunt For Paedophiles

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Tech

Stinson Hunter, subject of the controversial Channel 4 documentary 'The Paedophile Hunter' has turned to Kickstarter in order to fund his hunt for sex...

A Voice of Hope for India's Unprivileged

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

MUMBAI -- Popular narratives about India typically divide the country into two neat halves. An aspirational urban middle class, whose command of English has seen the country surge as an IT superpower, and a wretched underclass, living in poverty, in remote rural expanses, cut-off from the very technologies that has India making the headlines from Bangalore to the Bay Area.

Jessica Elgot

This Indian Journalist Beat Edward Snowden To Be Digital Activist Of The Year, And You Might Just Agree | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK

For Shu Choudary, journalism should be like oxygen: vital, always available and owned by no one. "No one owns the air, not me, not you, everyone ha...

Crowdfunding: A New Horizon

Tony Mckenna | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Tony Mckenna

You might have already heard of Crowdfunding - the phenomenon by which an idea for a project or invention is relayed to the public, usually via the internet, in order to attract funds and become a reality. This year it has hit the mainstream with a bang - with celebrities such as Zach Braff and James Franco using it as a way to attain revenue for their own movie projects.

A Brave New World: The Revolutionary Potential of Modern Technologies?

Ayesha Carmouche | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Ayesha Carmouche

The revolutionary impact of fast spreading digital and mobile phone technologies underpin an on-going conversation, yet to reach its conclusion. From the perspectives of non-violence and social development, optimists argue that a mass communication infrastructure enables campaigners to challenge the conditions of injustice and oppression.

The Power of the Crowd

Julie Meyer | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Meyer

The anti-government protests in Turkey have made one thing clear: Erdogan, the Prime Minister, is not listening to his focus group. As any business owner knows, the thing about focus groups is that you don't always get to choose them. And with new media, you certainly don't get to choose who rates and criticises you in the public sphere.

After Leveson, Is Citizen Journalism the Answer?

Deborah Hobson | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK
Deborah Hobson

Lots of journalists and politicians have had their say about the bad state of the British tabloid press after the phone hacking scandal that closed do...

Shooting the Shooters Who Shoot the Shooters - Syria's War Against Journalists

Neil Durkin | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Amnesty has recorded at least 17 incidents where Syria's armed opposition groups have deliberately targeted journalists and media workers, but the bulk of killings, detentions and cases of gruesome mistreatment still come at the hands of government forces.

A Close Shave: Journalists at the Sharp End

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

In fact it's always timely to be reminded of the fact that journalists are a vital pillar of any properly functioning democratic society. And this is notwithstanding the recent hammering that some parts of the profession have taken in this country over phone-hacking and other illegal activity. The fall-out from Leveson shouldn't distract us from the extremely serious work that journalists regularly do.

Is Twitter a Good Source of Breaking News?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Tech
Jamie Bartlett

Following the Boston bombings, anyone following the relevant feeds and hashtags would have seen a surge of contradictory stories and speculation, some important and true, others later exposed as nonsense. Twitter is both an enormous rumour mill, and invaluable source of valuable information. I could end this article here, but academics have been studying this question in detail since at least 2010, so I'm about to get a little technical.

The Journalist's Dilemma of When to Record, What to Record and When to Help Is Now Everyone's

Krishnan Guru-Murthy | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Krishnan Guru-Murthy

We've all got TV cameras in our pockets these days and television sucks up the material with glee. From filming a knife-wielding man tasered by police outside Buckingham Palace to the helicopter crash in London ordinary people are newsgathering extraordinary events everyday. Everyone's a journalist now: bearing witness and reporting it on Twitter and YouTube.

Chile's Most Wanted

Rodrigo Vasquez | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rodrigo Vasquez

I chose Pascual Pichun to be the main character of my film because he has been a symbol of the Mapuche indigenous struggle since he was 17.

How 'Snow Photos' Hook Readers for Lasting Engagement

Garrett Goodman | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK
Garrett Goodman

While on a ski holiday enjoying a bit of snow last weekend, I caught some coverage of the Guardian Open Weekend event. One quote in particular snappe...

Murdoch's SOS

Simon Cohen | Posted 24.04.2012 | UK
Simon Cohen

Would the Sun have survived the hacking scandal if the News of the World had been called the Sun on Sunday? Probably not.

Michael Rundle

'Their Most Effective Weapon' | Michael Rundle | Posted 06.03.2012 | UK

When a war reporter is killed, it is possible to feel as if their work has been silenced. Last reports are left unwritten, or un-broadcast. Stories ar...

Forget the Bad Press - Some Journalists are Risking Everything to Tell the Story

Helena Williams | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK
Helena Williams

For a day at least, we should stop and think of the reporters - whether working for an international news organisation, a local paper, or simply blogging - who are risking their lives every day to ask the difficult questions, lend a voice to the voiceless and get the story.

Libya: Seeking the Truth?

David Spencer | Posted 22.12.2011 | UK
David Spencer

The tectonic plates in the world of media have shifted significantly since I learnt the trade. Phones with cameras means we hear a lot about 'citizen journalism', with much of the footage shown on breaking stories coming from YouTube.

Is Video the new Written Word

Emily Jenkinson | Posted 31.10.2011 | UK
Emily Jenkinson

The way in which we communicate and share information with one another is constantly evolving and, thanks to the internet, innovation and our ever-decreasing attention span, it is going at break-neck speed. But where does this leave the written word?

The UK Riots, how the Media and David Cameron Finally get it Right

Joanna Papageorgiou | Posted 11.10.2011 | UK
Joanna Papageorgiou

For now I'll sit back and let the professionals do their job and applaud Prime Minister David Cameron for getting it right at least once while in office remarking that too many twits do make a twat.

Who Are The Fashion Bloggers?

Laetitia Wajnapel | Posted 03.09.2011 | UK Style
Laetitia Wajnapel

Just the other day, I was attending an event, and a friendly and I think genuinely interested Fashion Editor asked me about my background and how I ended up as a blogger. Had she not been that pleasant, I would have given the usual "we come from Mars where we were made in a big machine". Instead, I gave her a brief summary of the past 10 years of my life. It seemed to answer her question, but it made me feel uneasy, like I had to justify myself.