Montage Crowdsources War Reporting with Activist Footage

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 29, 2016
References: montage.storyful & psfk
A collaborative effort between a social media news aggregator and a tech incubator resulted in a crowdsourcing endeavor to aid journalists with war reporting. Storyful and Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas) partnered to launch Montage -- a platform that "facilitates the process of building projects using the eyewitness accounts from across the globe, helping to tap into the power of activist footage."

Montage improves war reporting with a video library where reporters and human rights organizations can, in real time, annotate, archive and geo-tag videos. This encourages increased collaboration between team members and easily includes translators and experts. Videos are represented as pins on a map, which helps war correspondents to visualize issues and even realize patterns occurring. Therefore, users can more readily analyze, curate, find and share relevant YouTube videos.