Rasha is a video maker whose depiction of war-torn Syria has become a YouTube hit. You may well have seen her satirical videos that comment on life in her city of Aleppo where she’s unable to go to school because of the unfolding destruction. She’s just nine years old.
More and more, people like Rasha are sharing information online and – in doing so – are affecting the way the rest of the world forms an understanding of a conflict or situation. Indeed, social media is increasingly becoming a key part of global news reporting; it provides a vast network of sources of information and contacts that simply weren’t available before. Reporters on the ground can use real-time messages to get the latest information on an area – for example, whether a street is safe to travel down.