Archive for Social Justice

Mar
21

Ushahidi: Live crisis mapping

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What is Ushahidi? from Ushahidi on Vimeo.

I caught the buzz around Ushahidi at SXSW last week, and in the New York Times, but had no clue to their reach until I spent some time at their site just now. http://www.ushahidi.com/

Could this be a clue to the future of news reporting as well? I will be keeping an eye on this.

Feb
08

Words Hurt

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Some recents events in the news brought me back to this day in 2008.

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Feb
03

Song For Haiti: Everybody Hurts

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SKYNEWS has premiered the Haiti benefit song and video above. The performers include Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, and Leoni Lewis. R.E.M. has relinquished all royalty rights for the song, so they won’t be taking a penny.

Please keep giving, either via the NPR links in the right column, or keep up to date with Mashable’s Haiti Earthquake Relief: 9 Ways to Help Now. Read More→

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Apr
02

Journalism’s New Ecosystem

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They won't charge for news.

I got in trouble with my newspaper-loving friends again today, when I started my morning by re-Tweeting a a video link showing Jeff Jarvis on the CBC last night, talking about The Decline of the Newspaper.

In response to those who still think the old newspaper company model can be saved by charging for online content (if it ever could), I argued that discussions on the future of economically sustainable journalism have been raging for years – from SXSW to blogworldexpo to Twitter to local barcamps (like this one, upcoming soon) and more. But the newspaper deciders haven’t even shown up, as if in total denial while readers shift online.

Meanwhile, I once watched a panel of successful independent bloggers pounding their fists with laughter about how much money the newspaper industry was leaving on the table.

I can’t imagine anybody paying for news again anymore than they will pay for search engines or online classifieds. Instead, we should be looking at how Google, craigslist and others make a fortune without charging us a dime. That’s the future of business, whether we deliver the news in print or online.

Jarvis’s book – What Would Google Do – articulates my argument exactly. Also, I polled my Twitter following a while back, asking “Will you pay to read The New York Times online?” They will not.

I’ll be OK if I’m wrong; I’d honestly love to go back and work in a post-desperate newspaper industry, but I can’t fathom the possibility, at least not before I see the execs embrace some new strategies.

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