For News From Syrian Battleground, a Reliance on Social Media | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The dangers of news organizations reporting in Syria have kept most journalists outside the country’s borders and heightened the need for third-party video....


...Western journalists are struggling to cover what the world has so far seen largely through YouTube. But while some television news crews have been filing reports from Damascus, the dangers of reporters being killed or kidnapped there — as well as visa problems — have kept most journalists outside the country’s borders and heightened the need for third-party images.


“The difficulty of getting into Syria, the shrunken foreign correspondent corps, and the audience gains for social media make it likely this story will be consumed differently by the American public than tensions or conflicts in past years,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, the curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard....