The value of the witness: How the London attacks changed the news

London-bombings

The night after the deadliest peace-time attack on London, the BBC led its 6 p.m. newscast with a shaky video of screaming commuters, an ambulance siren howling in the background

The video came not from one of their reporters but from an eyewitness with a cellphone camera

According to a BBC account, the broadcaster received 22,000 e-mails and text messages about the attacks, with 50 of 300 photos being sent within an hour of the first bomb going off.

A haunting photo by Alexander Chadwick, another eyewitness, became an iconic image, gracing the front page of the New York Times on the morning after the attacks Read more…

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