Crowdsourced video footage, which is taken by amateurs and uploaded onto platforms like YouTube or Facebook, is having a revolutionary impact on the way news is told.
That is the premise behind a report put out by the Center for International Media Assistance, in which author Jane Sasseen digs deep to uncover the roots and potential effects of “The Video Revolution,” as the report is titled.
It is no secret that social media is having a huge impact on journalism by crowdsourcing knowledge, viewpoints, and evidence that would not surfaced in years past. This means “journalists are no longer the gatekeepers,” as Ivan Sigal, executive director at Global Voices, states in Sasseen’s report.
One of the platforms that is affecting news coverage the most is YouTube. Sasseen focuses on the video sharing site (as well as live streaming services) to highlight the benefits and challenges that come with crowdsourcing videos for the news. The author discusses, chiefly, the example of the Arab uprisings, though she does touch upon examples from Russia and a few other countries....