Reporter Paul Lewis harnesses the power of mobile phones and social media — innovations that are making every person a potential journalist.

Why you should listen

Paul Lewis uses social media and cellphone video and photos to build hard-hitting stories. He first gained notice for his reporting on the death of Ian Tomlinson, when he used a witness’ cellphone video to prove that the police attacked Tomlinson at the 2009 G-20 protests. The international story led to an internal police investigation and changed the way we think about self-policing in a digital era.

He leads a team of journalists at The Guardian who specialize in using the very reporting methods he helped popularize. He reflects on citizen journalism as part of the book Investigative Journalism: Dead or Alive?

What others say

“All in all, his story was a triumph for the assertion of civil liberty, as well as a revelation about policing conduct.” — Bevins Prize, 2009

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The Guardian’s Paul Lewis talks citizen journalism

August 14, 2013

With more and more regular Joes snapping photos in the street, live tweeting breaking news from the ground, and acting as free sources of political, economic and cultural analysis, not everyone is confident about the future of professional journalism. But according to TED speaker Paul Lewis, who shared two dramatic examples of citizen journalism at […]

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