From your article, I'm quite surprised at how far the social mapping science has developed already - I can only imagine the impact it will have over the next few years as technology to post through social media becomes ubiquitous. Interesting times for journalists ahead!
In terms of the programme itself, I really thought it was excellent... especially the sincerity captured in the brigadier's words. I experienced something similar and as moving while photographing in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre in South Africa last week - a police officer who was overwhelmed with emotion and regretting having been caught in a position to shoot at protesters. Am not a proponent of war or conflict period, but I do believe the majority of those that are serving there are making an honest effort to improve the lot of many.
Actually it was interesting to review the spectator commentary prior to the military intervention in Libya having experienced what it was like when Gadaffi had launched his offensive against the then rebels. Had any of these commentators been there, or now in Syria for that matter and witnessed the reality of it, their opinion on what foreign intervention should take place I'm sure would be quite different! And I am not just talking about individuals watching the news - even countries, notably the likes of South Africa and many other members of the AU, dragged their feet, completely ignoring the harsh reality of the situation.
Regardless, I think the magazine is a great idea and the layout is good (despite all the comments to the contrary above!) It's worth remembering for those commentators that BBC outside the UK is considered a world news provider rather than simply a UK-centric one.
In my experience, there is little malice in distributing topical photos urgently and each time it's been done, even though it might have been later, I have received credit from the publication. I do agree with johndrinkwater's comment (3) above - if the photos are taken from Twitter it is good practice to credit the user rather than 'Twitter' as being the source.