JNS blog asserted public safety exception to copyright, blog post by John Hoff
The Fremont Market, (3556 Fremont Ave. N.) a small and crappy "inconvenience store," was the scene of a shooting today according to a North Vent Facebook participant who stated she obtained the info in a phone call to police; who were checking on her welfare. The shooting reportedly took place behind the store. It's unknown if the store was robbed though initially some residents thought that was the case.
The photo above...
...was taken by a citizen "Facebook journalist" and documents the aftermath of the incident. One Facebook forum participant who claimed to have spoken to the shop owner stated the robber was shot in the butt, part of a recent pattern of North Minneapolis "ass shootings."
The robber and/or shooter and/or shooting victim (details are fuzzy and not confirmed to my satisfaction) ended up inside 3206 Humboldt Ave. N., a vacant house for sale. Police had the house surrounded for a while but later today it was reported the siege was ended. While police were there, word was the suspect was "trapped" in the attic.
Another Facebook journalist took this picture, below.
There was a general sentiment expressed that while no store owner deserves an armed robbery, it's hard to get all worked up over anything happening to the "inconvenience stores," which are a de facto support network for drug dealing in the streets.
These neighbors do not think of themselves as journalists. They are simply trying to inform their neighbors using social media tools freely available at their fingertips. However, in the context of a smaller, more wholesome Minnesota community, this incident would be front page news. What happened today at the Fremont Market and 3206 Humboldt Ave. N. is, in fact, NEWS.
But with mainstream media entities only chasing the big stories, wide gaps are left in necessary local coverage. Like the minutemen who fought the American Revolution, these Facebook journalists step into the gap and bravely serve their community in its time of need with the tools they have on hand.
Which leaves me to wonder...
If EVERYBODY is a journalist, is ANYBODY a journalist?