Hero or Villain: How will Julian Assange be remembered?
Last night, over one hundred Muck Rack members took to the movie theaters for an early, private screening of The Fifth Estate, Hollywood's depiction of the news-leaking website, WikiLeaks. We've been tracking the developments in the Julian Assange tale since the first days it was trending in the Muck Rack Newsroom.
The story of the justice-seeking computer mastermind, explained in 2 hours and 8 minutes, sheds light onto the personalities responsible for the unearthing of several handfuls of our world's recent breaking news stories. The overwhelming relation to journalists is beyond prevalent as the film breaks down many of the real-time conversations we were having just months ago.
When WikiLeaks was WikiLeaking stories live, the surrounding conversations on social media were robust, full of engagement and unpredictable. Last night, Muck Rack moved those same conversations offline with a panel of Anthony De Rosa, Editor in Chief at Circa, Margarita Noreiga, Editor in Charge, Live News at Reuters and Jared Keller, Social Media Lead at Al Jazeera America.
Some highlights included De Rosa's caution of using anonymous sources, Noreiga's take on personal privacy (we haven't scractched the surface) and Keller's curiousity regarding Assange's motivation to release the world's secrets to the public.
But, we wanted to give you a chance to be a part of our panel too. See two of the most popular questions from last night below and comment with your thoughts.
Should Julian Assange be remembered as a hero or villain?
What's your process when someone approaches you with proprietary information?