As witnesses' cellphone videos become a bigger part of breaking news, what are the responsibilities of professional journalists? / Judy van der Velden
The Baffler,  September 23, 2016

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Cellphone videos, a forgotten Bush, and one more MacArthur genius

As witnesses' cellphone videos become a bigger part of breaking news, what are the responsibilities of professional journalists? / Judy van der Velden
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• Over at Columbia Journalism Review, Shelley Hepworth dives into the sticky situation surrounding eyewitness video. In an era where citizens with cellphones often have the first—and best—footage of news events, what is the responsibility of journalists and editors trolling social media for material?

• Finally! Something we can’t blame Millennials for. Brian Beutler over at The New Republic writes that Millennials’ seeming lack of fear over a possible Trump regime is the result of older liberals’ failure to teach them the horrors of that old GOP specter, George W. Bush.

• We know, we know: we told you to be skeptical of all those MacArthur Geniuses, but it does seem an apt moment to look back on some really good journalism from award-recipient Sarah Stillman, on the “alternatives”-to-incarceration industry.

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