Citizen journalism: Is Bellingcat revolutionising conflict journalism?

Glenda Cooper*, Bruce Mutsvairo

*Corresponding author for this work

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The title of the chapter asks a concrete question: “Is Bellingcat revolutionising conflict journalism?” Through what appears to be one of the first academic explorations into Bellingcat’s operations – a case study analysis which historicises and conceptualises the citizen-oriented investigative journalism website – the chapter seeks to facilitate a discussion into the organisation’s practices and methods. The aim of the chapter is to envision and critique the award-winning open-source site and its role in journalism, while also discussing the contextual disputes between “mainstream” and “new/alternative” media narratives, the concept of citizen journalism as well discussing the changing terrain of citizen journalism and the role of technology in conflict reporting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInsights on Peace and Conflict Reporting
EditorsKristin Skare Orgeret
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003015628
ISBN (Print)9780367858995, 9780367859008
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2021


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