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Announces New Citizen Journalism Program

Announces New Citizen Journalism Program

MY - Citizen Journalist Malaysia According to Steven Gan, the chief editor and co-founder of Malaysiakini, there is an increasing trend of violence towards journalists in Malaysia. This is evidenced by the dozens of journalists who were either beaten up, detained or had their equipment confiscated during last Saturday’s Bersih 3 Rally in Kuala Lumpur. Gan was speaking to a congregation of journalists from various Medias and supporters who had gathered in front of the Malaysiakini headquarters this morning to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day 2012. Loading ... Map Data Map data ©2014 Google, MapIT Map 17 killed in Butuan City fire Loading the player... BUTUAN CITY, Philippines—An inferno at a three-story garment store in this southern Philippine city before dawn Wednesday killed 17 employees, most of whom were women who were asleep and trapped on the top floor, officials said. The number of casualties was previously placed at 13 but police scouring the gutted building along Montilla Boulevard found four more bodies, Superintendent Martin Gamba, Caraga police spokesman, said. The blaze, which started shortly before 4 a.m., reached the general alarm before it was put out at 6:15 a.m., said Gamba. Store employee Mylene Tulo, who escaped with two co-workers, said she was roused from sleep as the fire spread rapidly in the third-floor office where they slept. “We wanted to rouse others from sleep, but the fire was already too strong,” a stunned Tulo said. At least 20 employees, mostly women, were sleeping at the store when the fire broke out, said city police chief Pedro Obaldo.

Ustream is pissed about DDOS attack, may launch Russian site tomorrow Ustream is undergoing what chief executive Brad Hunstable says is the “largest and most coordinated DDOS attack Ustream has ever seen” today, and the team is pissed. The attack is rumored to be an attempt to censor a Russian citizen journalist reporting on protests in the county. “We’re a business, we lost a lot money today,” said Hunstable (pictured above) in an interview with VentureBeat. “This was on a scale that I’m not sure many websites would be able to fight off. Above: Live video of protests in Russia on Ustream’s homepage A denial of service attack is when an individual or group of individuals attempt to access a website at hyper speeds, clogging up the network and eventually bringing the tired website down. Hunstable is not taking this lying down, however. “We’re going to huddle up late tonight and take a step back and figure out what we can do differently,” Hunstable said. The team got a tip-off from a Russian user who revealed two names of suspected attackers.

Ustream outage due to DDoS aimed at citizen journalist | Security & Privacy Ustream was hit with a distributed denial-of-service attack today that apparently was designed to interfere with the streaming of video from antigovernment demonstrations in Russia, the CEO of the live streaming site told CNET. "We are 100 percent confident that they were targeting a specific channel on Ustream of a Russian citizen journalist. This is the third time in the last six months that a specific Russian citizen journalist was directly targeted through this complex and highly adaptive attack," Brad Hunstable, co-founder and CEO of Ustream said in a phone interview from Budapest. The attack started around 2:30 a.m. "What we saw today were systematic attempts, method after method, up to seven methods," Hunstable said, adding that it was the largest attack the site has seen in its more than five years in operation. Asked if he believed that the Russian government was behind the attack, Hunstable said he could not speculate.

How citizen video journalists in Egypt are 'pushing at traditional journalism' | Online Journalism Features Activist and citizen journalist Salma Said was shot in the face, arm, pelvis and legs When Salma Said was shot she was armed with a video camera. She is an activist and part of a "citizen video journalism" collective in Egypt called Mosireen, which was the most-viewed non-profit YouTube channel in the world in January. The group started in the wake of Egypt's revolution which began on 25 January last year and saw the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak 18 days later. Members of the collective see themselves as performing an essential storytelling role: providing coverage of police brutality and filling a media "vacuum". "There isn't a free media," founder member Omar Hamilton told me during a visit to the collective's workspace in Cairo. Salma Said was attempting to tell the story of a demonstration, where protesters had gathered following the deaths of at least 79 football fans in a stadium in Port Said on 1 February, when she was shot. X-rays showing the pellets in Salma Said's legs.

MY - Citizen Journalist Malaysia Last month, in April, residents from various housing estates around the vicinity of Taman Desaria in Penang, staged a protest against hillside development near their area. According to them, these projects will endanger their lives, due to potential landslides the likes of Bukit Antarabangsa which claimed the lives of 48 residents. This month, in May, the residents once again gathered again to continue to put pressure on the state government, demanding that it should put a stop to these impending projects. Section 25(1) Act 172, of the Town and Country Planning Act 1976, grants the state govt the power to halt these projects. Will the state govt exercise this law in the interest of public safety ? Video by, Lim Boo Seng, Citizen Journalist. Penang Loading ... Map Data Map data ©2014 Google, MapIT Map

Northcliffe signs deal with UGC video network Newsflare An example of a video assignment that can be set by Northcliffe Digital and sent to the Newsflare community Northcliffe Digital has announced a deal with user-generated video network Newsflare. Northcliffe titles, which include the This Is series and the hyperlocal sites, will be able source videos for use on its websites from the Newsflare community of citizen video journalists. The publisher can use video that has been uploaded or can request footage from the Newsflare community, setting the amount it is willing to pay for an assignment. Northcliffe Digital sites already rely on user-generated content, with the publisher saying it receives more than 100,000 contributions each month from users, including comments and photos. Bevan Thomas from Newsflare told the start-up video marketplace is aimed at providing video when publishers are tasked with a story that is "too breaking, too remote or too local" to gather their own footage.

Al-Jazeera Enables Citizen Journalism With Online Video Al-Jazeera Enables Citizen Journalism With Online Video With its redesigned citizen journalism portal, Al-Jazeera is letting eye-witnesses upload video from some of the world's biggest hotspots. By Troy DreierFor the rest of the August/September 2012 issue of Streaming Media magazine please click here Companies Mentioned: Thanks to news agency Al-Jazeera, people are using online video to share their stories with a global audience. Letting people upload their own news videos is nothing new: CNN, for example, has offered its iReport feature since 2006. Al-Jazeera has now taken its citizen journalism portal a little farther, with a redesigned Sharek portal (still at A World of Mobile Video Al-Jazeera's work in citizen journalism came as mobile devices with video cameras began taking off. The portal has allowed Al-Jazeera to cover a variety of stories in places where reporters were neither safe nor welcome. A Window on the Arab Spring A New Portal for Sharing Page 1

With one photo a day, citizen journalism project rallies a community Armed with cell phones, locals in some New York City neighborhoods are documenting the changes as they head to work, talk with their neighbors and play with their kids. The photo-a-day project, started by the Brooklyn Movement Center, a New York City-based community organizing group, aims to capture those quotidian changes and start conversations about city life as the photos are shared with social media. The organization, which opened in March, asks participants to submit photographs that tell a story about their Brooklyn neighborhoods. Volunteers also conduct video interviews with residents. IJNet: What inspired this citizen journalism project? MPL: The idea behind the photo-a-day project was to develop a platform where we have people take photos of their neighborhoods. For Bed-Stuy we had almost 100 photo entries, and for Crown Heights we have a couple submissions a day. IJNet: Aside from standard Facebook and Twitter posts, how are you encouraging public participation and attention?

Central Brooklyn Organizers Mine Citizen Journalism for Photo A Day Project View Full Caption Brooklyn Movement Center BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — In the kingdom of Bedford Stuyvesant, the stoop is a throne — at least, that's what the locals say. "You call them stoops, we call them thrones," tweeted resident @shannboogie, aka Shannon Washington, under an Instagram picture of brick-lane steps in Bed-Stuy. Her neighborhood shoutout and dozens like it were inspired by the brand new Brooklyn Movement Center, Bed-Stuy based community organizing group, which recently challenged residents of Central Brooklyn to document their rapidly changing neighborhoods, one picture at a time. "The photo a day project was to change the perception of what it means to report on something," Mary Pierre-Louis, the center's communications organizer, said of the project. Inspired by the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, the challenge prompts visitors with a daily theme like "gentrification" or "kings and queens", aggregating the results through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Skype trojan targets citizen journalists in Syria A new Trojan malware infecting Skype videoconferencing software may be used to spy on others – particularly in Syria, an electronic freedom group warned this week. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said the malware, “BlackShades Remote Controller,” sells online for $40 and may be targeting activists in Syria. It said there is evidence to suggest the use of BlackShades, whose capabilities include keystroke logging and remote screenshots, may have been carried out by pro-government hackers. “This malware is distributed via Skype. During the latest attack, a malicious link is sent claiming to be an important new video. When clicked, it can compromise the victim’s account and send itself to people in the victim’s address book. EFF said pro-Syrian-government hackers had been responsible for fake-YouTube attacks, which lured Syrian activists in by advertising pro-opposition videos, then stole their YouTube login credentials.

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Vyclone: Video Collaboration for Citizen Journalists 2011 was a tumultuous year for the Middle East, but the troubles also served as a reminder of the role technology can play in giving everyone a voice. Live video-streaming platform Bambuser is one example of how citizens took the initiative and reported on events from their own perspective, often from positions unreachable by traditional media outlets. And now as The Guardian reports, a new mobile app is looking to harness the power of roving smartphone-owners to create a compendium of crowdsourced clips that tell the story of key events from multiple perspectives. Vyclone: Videos from the masses Vyclone is a free iOS app that professes to let you “Record life from all angles” – in short, it lets users collaborate from different locations and perspectives to “co-create, sync and share movies”. So let’s assume you’re watching the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – topical, I know – and you film a snippet of the procession using your iPhone. How it works… ➤ Vyclone