Comments on: Training a generation of citizen-journalists Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Brazilian1 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:59:55 +0000 Naomi
It is really a very interesting and productive initiative.
I would just like to know if, besides having citizen journalists reporting from Gaza, you also have citizen journalists reporting from the Israeli southern towns that have been under heavy rocket fire in the last few weeks and before.

The effect of rocket fire in Israeli towns is usually not reported by mainstream media. Reuters is a good example of partiality, Israel always get the blame even if the Palestinian “militants” attack first.

Your description about the project is very enthusiastic, but I honestly hope the pluralirity of views is put to practice in this subject also.

The two links bellow give you an example of how many readers have been reacting to this kind of partiality at Reuter’s website itself: idUSBRE85I11Q20120619 idUSBRE85L1CV20120623

Please consider.


By: usagadfly Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:26:45 +0000 As I said — authoritarians want to suppress opinion and reporting. After all, the State and the Law are always right, and the “low class” “peons” are always objecting to being abused by authority.

Yes, freedom of speech, rule of law, and freedom from reprisal for speaking out are “liberal”. North Korea is “conservative”. Our “conservatives” would fit in as supporters for the worst human rights abusers in history. Why would anyone listen to them any more than the vocal supporters of each and every authoritarian regime of the past century? Submit to authority and be grateful. Hogwash!

By: Crash866 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:47:58 +0000 This model of training citizens to be reporters and pundits is even more exciting when you take it global. We started on Facebook to get real-time Twitter reports, via Greg Monahan in Ireland, from friends of his on the Gaza-bound illegal flotillas: We knew – before most news outlets did – when activists on board were taken off the boat and transported to Israeli hospitals. Greg connected our feed with Twitter messages, too, from Internet friends and colleagues of his in the human rights world who were reporting live from Gaza during the Israeli bombardment: We watched and heard the bombs falling in real time, in human voices. Another memorable report came when we were discussing and posting news sources about the U.S. drone presence in Pakistan – and a Pakistani dad summarized what it was like for parents in his village to decide whether or not to send their kids to school that day based on local U.S. drone activity.

Nuff said eh?? “local U.S. drone activity”. Boo Hoo!!! Bet she just loves the US….right……..

By: Crash866 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:45:25 +0000 Trained is the right word. Just like the author of this article “Trained”. Most are Trained Bleeding Heart Lemmings injecting the Liberal agenda. Tick Tock…Citizen Journalists really????? Should have seen them in Chicago during NATO. All crying about their rights as they break the law recording the police.

By: Ian_Kemmish Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:27:38 +0000 Surely the problem of the day is a surfeit of opinion writers rather than a paucity? Or even of self-styled journalists who imagine that “generating” information can ever be any part of a journalist’s job? We should be trying to cure people of these things, rather than encouraging them.

I still remember, nearly 40 years on, the edition of THe Burke Special which explained how a “citizen journalist” could get coverage for his photographs: go to Grosvenor Square, where there was always some demo or other, kick a policeman between the legs, wait for him to react, and then take a photograph of him reacting.

Today, the publishing part is easier, but for the rest, “citizen journalists” work in exactly the same way they did then. It’s a natural instinct, they hardly need your “training”.

By: usagadfly Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:42:44 +0000 It is very difficult to maintain liberty and democracy without truly free elections and proportional representation. We have neither in the USA, and it is becoming worse, not better.

There is no doubt that suppression of the internet and the outlets it provides for free opinion is a major goal of authoritarian governments, including most American bureaucrats and officials. Opinion and news is nice, but without elections that actually present a meaningful choice to voters, they are merely decorative. Until and unless America reorganizes its election processes on a fundamental level, we will continue our march toward having the bulk of the population being essentially property of the State.

“Winner take all” must end! The rest of us deserve representation too.

By: Reality008 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:31:57 +0000 This is a great idea! And the crowd sourcing of legislation is an exciting prospect. Looking forward to taking part!