Episode 32

Published on:

23rd Jun 2021


In this episode, we talk about crowdsourcing stories, what it means and how to go about it. 

We speak to Charlotte Godart, an investigator for Bellingcat who discusses how she used crowdsourced data in a recent investigation into police violence at the Black Lives Matter protests. We also chat with Eric Reidy a freelance journalist involved in crowdsourcing information for migrant-related stories. 


Charlotte Godart

Twitter: @hicharl0tte

Eric Reidy

Twitter: @Eric_Reidy

Website https://ericreidy.com/


ProPublica crowdsourcing example (maternal harm)  https://www.propublica.org/article/how-we-collected-nearly-5-000-stories-of-maternal-harm

Guide to crowdsourcing from the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism


Bellingcat https://www.bellingcat.com/

Examples of Bellingcat crowdsourcing stories https://www.bellingcat.com/category/resources/case-studies/

Bellingcat crowdsourcing police violence in US https://blmprotests.forensic-architecture.org/

The Ghost Boat Story crowdsourcing background https://deeply.thenewhumanitarian.org/refugees/community/2016/03/15/following-the-ghost-boat

Bellingcat’s open training workshops https://www.bellingcat.com/workshops/

Bellingcat’s digital toolkit https://credibilitycoalition.org/credcatalog/project/bellingcats-digital-toolkit/

Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) resource centre for safety and security resources https://helpdesk.gijn.org/support/solutions/articles/14000036509-safety-and-security

Reporting grants https://gijn.org/grants-and-fellowships-2/#reporting

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