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TEDxThessaloniki

Paul Lewis: How mobile phones helped solve two murders

Paul Lewis: Crowdsourcing the news

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When every cellphone can record video and take pictures, everyone is a potential news source. Reporter Paul Lewis tells two stories that show us the future of investigative journalism. (Filmed at TEDxThessaloniki.)

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Reporter Paul Lewis harnesses the power of mobile phones and social media -- innovations that are making every person a potential journalist. Full bio


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Paul Lewis - Journalist
Reporter Paul Lewis harnesses the power of mobile phones and social media -- innovations that are making every person a potential journalist.

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Paul Lewis uses social media and cellphone video and photos to build hard-hitting stories. He first gained notice for his reporting on the death of Ian Tomlinson, when he used a witness’ cellphone video to prove that the police attacked Tomlinson at the 2009 G-20 protests. The international story led to an internal police investigation and changed the way we think about self-policing in a digital era.

He leads a team of journalists at The Guardian who specialize in using the very reporting methods he helped popularize. He reflects on citizen journalism as part of the book Investigative Journalism: Dead or Alive?

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