Allissa Richardson Thinks It’s Time to Shatter a Few Myths About Citizen Journalism


One of the hardest parts about publishing a book for Allissa Richardson is knowing that her work will never truly be done.

In April, Richardson, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism and a 2021 fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, published Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest Journalism, which chronicles and examines how “three overlapping eras of domestic terror against African American people and explain how storytellers during each period documented its atrocities through journalism.”

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