Viewers across the country, and around the world, are watching the protests sweeping the U.S. – on the TV news, on their social media feeds, and on video streams from grassroots media outlets like Unicorn Riot, which despite its name is a peaceful documentary-making nonprofit.

Journalism scholar Errol Salamon explains the decades-old roots of today’s on-the-street unfiltered footage, and how independent media groups have for years expanded the public’s view beyond mainstream news.

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A Unicorn Riot videographer films an interview on the streets of Minneapolis on May 29, 2020. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Unicorn Riot’s protest coverage recalls long history of grassroots video production

Errol Salamon, University of Minnesota

Livestreamed video coverage of protests across the country is the modern heir to decades of grassroots documentary filmmaking.

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