An Account on Citizen Reporting in Japan

Photojournalist Robert Gilhooly talks about his mixed feelings of citizen reporting and mainstream reporting inside and outside of Japan during March’s earthquake and tsunami.

I have long had misgivings about citizen journalist reporting, but on this occasion it had provided the world with some of the most stirring images of the devastation. True, it tended to lack context. Yet while local broadcasters were showing detached aerial shots of waves destroying entire communities, smart phone-toting locals on the ground were able to provide personal — and occasionally shocking — close-ups of exactly what the residents below had gone through.

Citizen Journalism and the Crisis in Japan (Global Journalist)


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