August saw worrying times for Birmingham. We had disturbances in the city centre and some of our residential areas and the tragic death of three young men in Winson Green.
It was a time when people were keen for information about what was, and often more importantly what wasn’t, happening. This meant that citizen journalists can feel pressured to write things up quickly and that can risk spreading misinformation and/or malicious rumours.
Now a variety of sources of information appeared as a result of the disturbances. In particular, there was Casey Rain’s Tumblr, which collated live reports and the Birmingham Riots 2011 – Live Updates Facebook page which actively dispelled rumours about incidents.
I thought it would be interesting to look at how some of the city’s hyperlocal blogs had dealt with the situation. The examples below are the good ones that I found.