Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Bellingcat is now open to the public

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the Kickstarter for Bellingcat. The Kickstarter is still running for another few days (and I do think it's worth tossing a few dollars into), but now that they have passed their minimum, they've opened the site to the public.

If you're interested in serious, chewy news, it's recommended. The site is fascinating: really *deep* investigative journalism, handled in a fully crowdsourced way. If the site has a weakness, it's that it is wonkish to a fault, not just summarizing the news in the usual fashion but getting into the details and reasoning. In contrast to most US media (with their navel-gazing focus on America to the exclusion of all else), it is thoroughly international in outlook.

It's a small project yet, necessarily scattering its limited resources among the projects its citizen-editors find interesting, and their passion for rooting out What's Going On sometimes feel slightly over the top. But it has the potential to become something genuinely important, demonstrating a new and possibly much better model for news reportage. Check it out...

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