#MuckedUp chat: The ongoing tango between journalism and video
At least since the clip of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King first hit national broadcasts in 1991, video virality has remained an unmistakable part of news culture. In numerous ways, it has actually changed news, often spurring coverage where there previously was none. With the appearance of the Internet, this relationship between popular images and journalism has been supercharged, as more and more stories spawn from image recordings captured on phones or other devices. Where pictures once sufficed, now video is the staunch foundation of "seeing is believing." Just this past week we saw a nationwide conversation reopened on the subject of domestic abuse, all because of a video captured on an elevator camera. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, ISIS increasingly uses YouTube and Twitter to spread videos meant to taunt and terrorize. In the same sense that storytelling has been made more powerful by video, news has also been created by video. Its increasingly popularity is, of course, accompanied by ethical concerns. First, of course, is how do we verify videos? How much of them should we show, if anything? What tools exist to protect sensitive information?
Plenty of cannon fodder for discussion at tonight's #MuckedUp tweetchat.. If you have a video-related question you're inspired to debate at tonight's tweetchat, please feel free to email or tweet it to me any time between now and the start of our chat at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, and we promise to incorporate it into this evening's discussion. See you tonight!