Brendan Watson, a journalism grad student at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism has a great podcast up here. During his show he played a bit of one of my podcasts where I reveal why I’m doing this and how Indymedia influenced me. I have to say I’m very flattered. Thank you Brendan.
This blog post by Lawrence Lessig is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. Not for the sentence structure or poetic writing style but for the beautiful vision he shares with us. I want to read it over and over again and imagine what it would be like if my immediate surroundings were like this. He’s speaking at the World Social Forum with Gilberto Gil and Manuel Castells. While he was there he visited the Youth Camp where this event happened. Why is it so hard to imagine this happening in the US? Just read it… I can’t even begin to explain…
Reuters is reporting that the Bush’s administration won’t press for an appeal of a Supreme Court ruling preventing large media companies from buying more media companies. This appears to be a win for fairness, diversity, and local news coverage. Unfortunately only time will tell if we can turn the destructive tide of big media.
Continue reading Big media growth halted?
I’d heard a rumor not long ago that Dan Gillmor, the grassroots journalism champion, was coming to Chapel Hill. Paul Jones just confirmed it by posting the details on his blog. Mr. Gillmor will speak at 3:30 PM Monday, February 14 at the Freedom Forum Conference Center on the Third Floor of Carroll Hall at the University of North Carolina. [map & more] According to the Triangle Bloggers Conference wiki he’s a moderator for Session 2: Using Blogs to Create Community. I hope that it means he’ll be there. We’re all very excited to see and hear what he brings to the conversation. My goal is to interview him for a podcast. 🙂
This weeks podcast is a 3URLs show with Ruby Sinreich. We talk about sites that use RSS (really simple syndication) in innovative ways. Even activists can harness this new method of subscribing to just about every kind of content on the web. I discuss some things I’ve been blogging about such as, the end of objectivity and Powell leaving the FCC.
Continue reading 3URLs 01/23/05
Dan Gillmor brings important attention to the need for education in new journalism. We need to reach women and people of color so they can be part of the conversation too. A lot of the folks who will become the media in the future will do so part time. They need direct assistance in telling the stories they want to tell. Not just online tutorials like I’ve been making (too techie for many) they will need hands on workshops, tutors, and mentors. All stuff you do offline the old school way.
Continue reading Train Everyone to be the Future’s Grassroots Journalist
A flurry of emails today notified me that Federal Communication Commission Chairman Michael Powell is leaving his post. Read the Wall Street Journal article reposted here. (at freepress.net). We must act now to get a better FCC chairman! Encourage your elected officials to sellect a better person for the job. Go here and email the president!