When two police officers were shot during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri early this morning, a Ustreamer captured and broadcast it live via their Ustream mobile application.
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.