Deborah specialises in innovative forms of documentary production, that's often live, interactive, and participatory. Much of her work incorporates crowdsourcing and audience input, to help her reach higher truths in her reporting. For over a year she has done much of her reporting for a live audience, incorporating audience participation and feedback into her reporting process. She uses Facebook Live as her medium, and edits short documentaries that incorporate part of the live interaction into a finished story.
Her first experiment began when she broadcasted live, to the New York Times Facebook audience, the moment she found an abandoned trash bag of beautiful photographic slides on a street corner in Manhattan. Who had taken those images, and why had they been abandoned in this way? What ensued was a live investigation, that she solved with the help of her audience. What are the benefits of opening up your work as it's in progress, to a live audience? For journalists, it provides an opportunity to create a completely transparent bond with their audience. In an era of "fake news" this is more important than ever. It also harnesses the power of crowds to help solve investigations. Most important, it injects humanity into the work, leading to connections between the audience and the subjects in real-time, and to more universal truth. In an era when "alternative facts" and relative truth have divided society, this type of journalism helps bridge the gap.