How citizen journalism unspun UC-Davis pepper-spray story

ZDNet

Zack Whittaker describes how YouTube videos captured by witnesses on Saturday demonstrate the way citizen journalism can dispel the official version of events. Although the University of California, Davis first said that police were "forced to use pepper spray," that didn't square with the video of an officer spraying students peacefully seated on the ground. "It is not 911 or 999 we call in an emergency," Whittaker writes. "We do not think to engage with the situation. But what we do, as the Generation Y, is pull out our phones and start recording; documenting every second of the event for history’s benefit." || The way it was: FDR controlled the flow of information after the Pearl Harbor attack (Ohio.com)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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