Thousands of photographs continue to flood out of Ferguson, Mo., some by photojournalists, but many more by local residents on social media. While these images document quickly unfolding events, they serve another purpose: providing the African-American community with an important outlet for reporting on — and taking control of — the chaos around it.
What is participatory journalism? Is that a better term that citizen journalism? Does the quality of images affect the ability of open journalism to proliferate? What rights are afforded to the citizen journalist as opposed to a “member of the press”? These are all important questions that need to be investigated future, especially in light of the events in Ferguson, MO.
A protest in Ferguson, Missouri that escalated into a violent siege by anti-riot troops was another illustration of how valuable a citizen-powered form of media using Twitter and other social platforms can be, especially as a check on administrative power