Citizen journalism is back in the spotlight, this time as Ukrainian citizens protest their government-and the government fights back with extreme force. The country's only opposition-friendly television station has been shut down, and as such, protesters are turning to the internet to get their message-and images-out to world at large. Ustream, which was already being used in an ad hoc manner for distributing video from the protests, has responded by introducing UStream for Change.
According to the site, "The mission of Ustream For Change is to empower societal transparency through the use of live video." You have to apply to get in, but users will get a free Pro Broadcasting plan, public relations and social media support, and user technical support. This will allow citizen journalists to broadcast live feeds to the world.