1. Stand With Sophie
“A video is trending depicting a young girl from Texas named Sophie who alleges that her stepfather is abusing her. The heartbreaking clip sees Sophie screaming and alleging abuse against her mom’s new fiancé. The video, which has gone viral on social media, shows a little girl named Sophie claiming that she has suffered abuse at the hands of her stepfather in her mother’s home. Speaking to her grandmother in the video, Sophie refuses to leave a car she is sat in during a custody exchange. The footage then went viral, inspiring the social media campaign Stand with Sophie.” – https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12635924/stand-with-sophie-viral-video-abuse/
In this shocking viral video, we see citizen journalism being used as a voice for a young girl where no one around her will listen.
GoFundMe raised $210,622 out of a $25,000 goal in one month. 9,298 people contributed.
2. The Murder of George Floyd
“A video taken by an onlooker Monday evening shows a Minneapolis police officer keeping his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning man at the foot of a squad car. The man, who was later identified as George Floyd, later died.”
“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck,” Crump said in a statement. “This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge.”
A piece of citizen journalism that lead to protests around the world, highlighting police brutality against black people that had gone on for long enough
3. Beirut Explosion
The disaster was preceded by a large fire at the Port of Beirut, on the city’s northern Mediterranean coast. In videos posted on social media white smoke could be seen billowing from Warehouse 12, next to the port’s huge grain silos.
Shortly after 18:00 (15:00 GMT), the roof of the warehouse caught alight and there was a large initial explosion, followed by a series of smaller blasts that some witnesses said sounded like fireworks going off.
If this had been spoken about by mainstream media, I strongly believe less people would have paid as much attention to it as they did when it was streamed as citizen journalism.
13 October Research 2
Citizen journalism involves private individuals, who are normally the consumers of journalism, generating their own news content. Citizens collect, report, analyze, and disseminate news and information, just as professional journalists would, creating what is known as user-generated content.
These amateur journalists produce news in many forms, ranging from a podcast editorial to a report about a city council meeting on a blog, and is usually digital in nature. It can also include text, pictures, audio, and video. Social media plays a major role in disseminating news and promoting citizen journalism content. These people get the stories out quicker than traditional news reporters – Understanding Citizen Journalism, Thoughtco
CHANGE OF ANGLE – A call on Human Rights
Irish example – Research and pick one
Video of 2 women smashing bottle over innocent man , Septemeber 10th 2020 (Mirror)
Irish woman’s account of domestic abuse goes Viral (Santry Woman, Irish Times 2015)
Shannon Byrne on being a homeless mother during a pandemic – Her.ie