What Qualities Are Needed to be a Citizen Journalist?

Brown Moses and the founder of Bellingcat, Eliot Higgins, recently revealed what qualities they look for in citizen journalists.

In an interview with Mashable‘s Executive Editor Jim Roberts at the +SocialGood UK conference in London, Higgins said that he looks for those who think in “obsessive detail but also aren’t crazy.”

Higgins site is dedicated to investigative citizen journalism across the globe. He has had a successful career, breaking several stories and finding news ways to visually enhance the storytelling process through photos, videos, and social media accounts.

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Higgins pinpointed the location of a Buk missile launcher in Ukraine after the MH17 crash, providing evidence that pro-Russia rebels had access to military equpitment, confirmed that Bashar al-Assad’s regime had utilized chemical weapons and exposed Syrian arms trafficking. The amazing thing is that he did all of this from a home in the UK.

In the interview, Higgins was asked if he had any advice for prospective journalists, his answer was simple.

“Just do it,” he said. “Start a WordPress blog. Pick a video and think ‘how can I verify this?'”

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And that may be the best way to get your foot in the door, by starting small. That’s one of the greatest qualities about citizen journalism, anyone has the power and ability to join in and start a conversation.

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