Physicist by education, journalist by occupation. Works for Media Initiatives Center.
The streets of Yerevan for are in motion for already a fews days. Thousands of people are participating in the #MyStep protest, they are expressing their discontent and are prepared to clash with police at any second.
In parallel to the walking protesters are the walking journalists (who are possibly walking even more).
Editor-in-chief CivilNet, Karen Harutyunyan, is well aware of this, since the online television organisation needs live broadcasts.
Live streaming is both attractive and dangerous. First of all, the police can take steps which might harm the journalist. Then you can’t guarantee that you will have a broadcast from the place where, at that moment, heated events are taking place.
Sometimes it is necessary to get shots and materials from the audience, if the journalists are not physically able to guess the development of events in time.
“Journalists are not only walking and running, they are also sleeping in the streets of Yerevan. They are working on a 24-hour schedule, without mumbling or complaining. This is that generation which understands that something is wrong in this country, and they want to see a different government and society,” says Karen Harutyunyan.
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How to count the number of participants in the protest rally? One of the options is the website mapchecking.com.
Let’s use Yerevan’s Freedom Square as an example for using this website. You need to indicate the borders of the square, add the density of people per square meter, and the tool will count the number of participants.
Mapchecking.com is an additional tool for journalists to use during these days for calculating the number of protesters at the rallies against Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan.