While traditional news outlets were working on confirming the details of Monday’s shooting at Perry Hall High School that wounded a 17-year-old student, a volunteer group of citizen journalists were posting updates on the Baltimore County Breaking News Facebook.
According to PandoDaily, “The news of the shooting at Baltimore County’s Perry Hall High School was first posted to Facebook page of “Baltimore County Breaking News”, ahead of all mainstream media.” The Facebook page is managed and moderated by seven volunteers, “most of whom are connected in some way to the local fire department or police,” reports PandoDaily.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the page was started by Patrick Klinedinst and his wife, Lauren.
Kenneth Sigal is one of the volunteer operators of the page, which has six others contributing to it. He said the group takes contributions and tips from the public and has sources within the county’s public safety agencies (police, fire) who can confirm information. They only post confirmed information, he said. [more]