As of Thursday afternoon, the recording had more than 130,000 views. The integrated live Twitter feed has enabled viewers to comment on and share the developments in real time.
More citizens are taking a journalistic turn and broadcasting live breaking news via social channels. Just last year, three Ukrainians captured the attention of more than 50 million viewers with their coverage of the Kiev protests via their Ustream channel.
In 2014 alone, Ustream hosted more than 75 million broadcast sessions, and our mobile app — a vital tool for citizen journalists — has been downloaded more than 15 million times since it was introduced.
The days of waiting for the evening news to catch up on events are long since past, and citizen journalists are playing an ever-larger role in bringing events as they happen to a worldwide audience. Before a news station has time to deploy a crew, citizen journalists on the scene have already broadcast that live action to viewers across the globe.
You’ll find more broadcast coverage and chatter on Twitter using the hashtags #ferguson and #Ustream.
When we launched Ustream for Change two months ago, we were overwhelmed with the positive response we received toward the cause. Citizen journalism had been at the core of the Ustream platform since the beginning, so creating a formalized program to educate and enable anyone who wanted to use live video for social change with the tools to do so, seemed like the next logical step.
After sifting through more than 170 applications, we are proud to announce that Miami-based non-profit Luz Para Venezuela (Light for Venezuela), will be our first member voted in by our internal committee.
Ustream for Change was created to advance Ustream’s mission to empower businesses and societies to be more transparent and productive through the innovative use of live video. Luz Para Venezuela demonstrates our mission by committing to provide real, un-edited coverage from the situation in Venezuela where the government has chosen to censor local and international media from broadcasting protests and civil unrest as it spreads across the country.