While the world is focused on how citizen journalism has covered the terrorist attacks in India, there’s a piece of compelling citizen journalism from my backyard here in New Jersey.
The Jersey Journal is covering a car crash that led to charges against a Hoboken bar owner for killing his best friend in the accident.
But the video — shot by a witness on the street — is much more compelling than the article itself. Be aware that the video contains graphic content.
|Eyewitness video of crash aftermath|
After every major news event, I read articles saying how citizen journalism came of age or the movement redeemed itself.
The fact of the matter is that citizen journalism doesn’t disappear between major news events. People are doing things every day, and many times it’s something compelling, like this video.
Update: There’s a discussion on nj.com about whether this video should have even been posted.
The problem is that tragedy is indeed news. The video adds to the story something that couldn’t be described in words, the grief and tragedy of the circumstances.
But I understand how people don’t want to see into something very tragic. Especially something so graphic. But nj.com (and myself here) put up warnings that the video is graphic. People have the choice to not watch it.