Social Media Fuels Powerful Citizen Journalism

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Matthew Ingram of Gigaom explores how the protests in Ferguson, Missouri demonstrate the power of citizen journalism and the social media platforms that make it easily accessible.

He writes, "Just as it did in Egypt and Ukraine, the stream of updates from Ferguson — both from amateur or non-journalists, eyewitnesses and professional reporters for various outlets — turned into a feed of breaking news unlike anything that non-Twitter users were getting from the major news networks and cable channels. Most of the latter continued with their regular programming, just as media outlets in Turkey and Ukraine avoided mentioning the growing demonstrations in their cities. In a very real sense, citizen-powered journalism filled the gap left by traditional media, which were either incapable or unwilling to cover the news."

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