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Global News After the Twitter Revolutions

What arguably started with the Arab Spring (witnesses participating in the "news" process directly via Twitter and Facebook has only intensified--and evolved, now employing Instagram and social video). This is one step disintermediated from CNN's iReport and other forays in "citizen journalism." How can news organizations participate in citizen journalism or react to it? How do new information dissemination tools ensure accuracy and credibility? In international news, the issue is even more crucial as despotic regimes can use these tools for disinformation, repression and reprisals as well.

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  1. How can global news organizations leverage, but also verify, content from the crowd? What is the difference between a traditional journalists and a citizen?
  2. What are the new & emerging tools of citizen journalism? How effective are they in getting out the message or avoiding repression from despotic regimes?
  3. How should traditional media leverage content on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and beyond? How can they verify the information best?
  4. How can citizen journalists avoid censorship or retaliation for their reports online? For example, YouTube now allows the blurring of faces in videos to protect the identities of witnesses, what are the ramifications of this?
  5. How can they protect their identities on social media under dangerous situations?



Jennifer Nedeau, Communications, Time Inc News Group

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