This week we find out how online news startup Ozy is rethinking news content, and we learn how human rights group Witness works with citizens to generate video reports from the ground.

PART 1: Ozy's story approach

The 10-month-old news startup Ozy aims to appeal to smart, educated, curious readers who embrace things that are different. We hear what goes into Ozy's story and feature mix from from founder and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Watson.

Reporting by Tatiana Darie.

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PART 2: Training citizen videographers

Witness is an international non-profit organization that uses video to reveal human rights abuse around the world. We learn how the organization works with people on the ground who gather footage from the scene.

Reporting by Tatiana Darie.

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For more information:

Witness videos appear on The Human Rights Channel, a collaboration with social media news agency Storyful.

As mentioned in our report, Witness has worked with technology companies on tools to help creators of user-generated content:

• “Blur All Faces” is an option of the video enhancements tool on YouTube that allows users to blur people's faces in order to protect the identity of victims or activists shown in the video. ObscuraCam is a similar tool for mobile phones that uses facial recognition technology to blur people’s faces.

InformaCam is a mobile app that collects user-generated content metadata with information like the user’s location, to verify the authenticity of the content.

Reuben Stern  
Director of NYC Partnerships

Rachel Wise  
Video Editor


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