Update: Oakland cops respond to May Day records...
(Photo of livestreamer Jeff K. by Flickr user jsruby22) Awhile back I asked the Oakland cops for emails sent or received May 1 by command staff that contain the terms “livestream,” “live stream,” “Ustream,” “pixplz” or “Justin Beck.” Today they handed over the emails — all 5 of them, which was a lot fewer than I anticipated, and they didn’t even talk about me! Email 1 - Email...
Here's a recipe for revolution in journalism
Start by getting a fancy Knight grant. Catch some journalism educators blowhards. Mix in some new media “innovators.” Mold into insufferable douchebags. Stick in the oven for 11 weeks and see what happens.
You never know who might be watching, it could be...
Back when I filed a Public Records Act request with the Oakland cops asking for their archived livestream footage from May Day, I also made a second request. This one was for any emails between the cops containing words and phrases that might shed some light on what else they were watching that day, namely, other people’s livestreams, like they apparently did mine on Jan. 28. (To speed things...
The littlest journo
I just discovered the Pocket Journo site via the great Online News Association. The site was put together by the New Media Innovation Lab “to help journalists and bloggers who may not have had formal journalism training but are out covering stories on a regular basis.” It’s very mobile friendly and packed with great stuff from covering government meetings to ethical dilemmas to...
Livestream cops, give us all your May Day movies
Oakland cops were livestreaming on May Day! Too bad we couldn’t watch! So, the other day I filed a Public Records Act with request with the cops asking for their footage. Here’s their response: Dear Mr. Beck: This is in response to your public records request #9559, dated May 7, 2012, submitted to the Oakland Police Department asking for all archived livestream video footage...
Share your ideas for better livestreaming
Since Mikal asked what people thought about “something akin to a ‘statement of best practices’” for livestreamers, I decided to start a document where we could begin to collaborate on such a thing. Here’s the document, for anyone who’s interested in contributing or commenting. - @pixplz
Washington Post investigative editor Jeff Leen suggested that there were 200...– The newsonomics of risking it all, Nieman Labs report on the Logan Symposium on investigative journalism.
What is CJS?
A lot of the conversation about citizen journalism revolves around self-promotion on social media, WePay crowdfunding, and how to learn HTML to spiff up your personal website. That’s not what CJS is — we want to rigorously explore the act of reporting and analyzing news. We are both graduates of traditional journalism schools, and we don’t think they should hold that education...
My own sense is that the loss in confidence in the press has to do with...– Jay Rosen on the public’s loss of confidence in the professional news media (now at 44%).
There’s a lot on the Internet that you can’t trust. But frankly,...– For Snopes.com, Debunking the Bambi Hoax Was All in a Day’s Work
Reporter safety in civil unrest
Mikal Jakubal is a volunteer EMT and firefighter in Northern California, and a veteran street medic. These are his reporting tips for citizen journalists covering civil unrest situations. Basic street tactics and chemical weapons awareness for citizen journalists [[MORE]] Know Before You Go: Personal Risk Assessment Decide how important the story is to you and what you’re willing to risk...
We tend to think of investigative journalism as the territory of paid professionals, but that’s absurd — citizens are empowered to muckrake just as well as staff writers at newspapers. Here are some resources to help get you started. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a great Freedom of Information Act letter generator to expedite the process for filing information...
SPJ sez: Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance. Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy. Show...
Where are you coming from?
Are you a citizen journalist, an advocate, an activist? What is the purpose of your coverage? Who are you working for or on behalf of? Be aware of your personal biases and opinions, and be transparent about them. Embrace them if you want, but at the least acknowledge their existence. Society of Professional Journalists sez: Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary...