Protests flared in Ferguson, MO in early August when the black 18 year old Michael Brown was shot dead by white officer Darren Wilson. Riots have been going on for the past months due to the fact that it is believed that Brown had been surrendering before being shot six times.
The media has been involved since the beginning, inserting themselves into the protests, some reporters being arrested as thought to be rioters.
This past week the media has been covering the impending verdict of Officer Wilson, which was given today. The charges against Wilson ranged from first degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. This morning he was not guilty on all charges.
Today the media has been flooded with images of the riots that burst out after the verdict was released. Rioters have been setting things such as police cars and local stores on fire and looting local businesses. Bottles and rocks have been thrown at police officers and newscasters alike. In one newscast, after the journalist was hit in the head with the rock, stated that she had been hit with much worse during her time covering what has been happening in Ferguson.
Instead of focusing on the case, media coverage has been heavily focused on the riots. Many rioters have also taken a part of citizen journalism in way of making sure that people are able to see what is really happening, before being possibly filtered and altered by the news sources.