From on the ground to on the air: Why NGOs need to think more like journalists

In our digital environment, everyone is a producer of content. Including journalists. This means that typically bottom-rung newspaper and television reporters begin to function less like fact gatherers and more like editors, culling and packaging content rather than writing up facts. As UK journalism professor Paul Bradshaw writes in his multipart post about the 21st …

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A Hectic Week Means One Thing: More Seminars on the Horizon!

Sorry for the silence! We’ve been busy here with more seminars and hosting our first social hour. Our most recent seminar included more than 21 participants from NGOs with a wide range of missions, including forestry preservation, aiding migrant workers, women’s professional development, and developing civil society through sport. If you haven’t attended one yet, …

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SOCIAL HOUR at RootSpace!

We’re Hosting Social Hour at RootSpace (Saifi- Beirut) on Wednesday July 9. THE SERIES: Social Media for Social Change, hosted by RootSpace and the Social Media Exchange. EPISODE 1: “Blogging, citizen journalism, social networks, etc…What alternative media exists in Lebanon, and what benefit can it provide?” Key Questions: Does media choice exist in Lebanon? Does …

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A Guide to Facebook Activism

The digital world moves fast. Digiactive, a five-month-old site devoted to digital activism, has released its first guide, A DigiActive Introduction to Facebook Activism. The 15-page PDF includes the pros and cons of using Facebook for activism, a step-by-step guide to organizing an activism campaign on Facebook, and examples of campaigns from Burma, Morocco, and …

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Global Voices Summit 2008

You can access the live webcast to see what’s being talked about in Budapest. The day started with Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon, cofounders of Global Voices, talking a bit about the history of GV and the many offshoots that have followed, including Lingua for tanslation, Rising Voices to bring blogging to beyond the Internet …

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Al Qaeda: So Web 1.0

Inevitably in our Web 2.0 seminar, we talk about the fact that technology, like any tool, can be a force for bad as well as a force for good. It basically depends on who’s using it. I always argue that just because technology can be used to make bad things happen doesn’t mean we shouldn’t …

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