Have you heard about this yet? Probably not as this term is just months old. And it will change investigative reporting and journalism forever.
CIR is a brand new idea that is taking root in social media.
When 20 to 1000 citizens collaborate together to investigate a topic, individual, or event, share their information and sources . . . you have CIR.
These groups meet privately in virtual rooms and collaborate on theories, information, priorities, and new leads. Members rarely meet in person . . . not necessary.
The big differences between general social media, mostly random, and CIR is that CIR is mission & team-based. It has a single hypothesis at the beginning of its mission. As the team finds more information and makes more contacts in their investigation, the team gets larger and theories become more defined. Secured databases and secured networks are employed. Information and communication tightly controlled.
These can be well-organized investigation teams and they are made up of volunteers dedicated to uncovering the truth. CIR groups have a team-lead to ensure the group remains focused while funds pour in from private donations.
These groups are starting to pop up now. One of the more motivated groups is a team headed by a citizen journalist, George Webb. Their mission . . . investigating DNC corruption. Their first success was exposing some new details of the Awan brothers. Shortly after they revealed these details, Imran Awan was arrested by the FBI on July 25th of this year. He was attempting to flee the country after he had learned from the Daily Caller News Foundation that his arrest was imminent. Imran was the computer specialist hired by the DNC as Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT aid. Imran, since 2004, had been paid five million dollars for his services to House Democrats. Apparently, the FBI and CIA is either one step behind this CIR team, or had been sitting on the information and were forced to act shortly after the CIR information was revealed. The details are private, but this CIR group has claimed to be the motivation for Imran’s arrest. These groups are the deep-state's and the corrupt MSM’s nightmare. A godsend for justice. These people are patriots and with one goal . . . uncover truth where the deep state or MSM will not reveal.
Times are changing. Journalism is changing. Politics are changing.
Citizen journalism and citizen investigation groups are changing how you get information and news. Changing journalism forever. Changing politics forever.
You will look back ten years from now and be amazed at the difference in the quality of information you get from these new sources and how it is so much different than from MSM outlets. Non-filtered. More diversity. Certainly less bias than what you were used to. Citizen journalists don't have the strong ties to political affiliations and companies. These are truly free journalists.
Twenty years from now, you won't have a choice in where you go for information. These new journalists will be your only source for news. However, you will have any news, any subject you want and in greater quantity.
You can see these new journalists and their published content on websites like YouTube where new journalists are being created by the hundreds daily. With a cell phone, a computer, and a few hours of editing, these citizen journalists replace a corporate studio worth millions and a dozen paid staff. This is the reason MSM is dying and the “fake news” label is misappropriated. “Fake news” is corporate media taking their last desperate breaths.
Corporate investigative reporting will also be dead in a few years. The mainstream media outlets don't have the money to dedicate salaried teams of journalists to uncover new information. As viewers turn to other sources like YouTube for news, corporate sponsors of MSM also turn to these new venues.
Fates are sealed for cable news & cable altogether. The internet is still changing our lives in the most profound of ways.