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  • JTM 2:25 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink  

    How can games be used in journalism? 

    Session Host: Mani Saint-Victor
    Reporter: Mani Saint-Victor
    Participants: Sandra, Jeffrey,Chris Rabb,Andrew Humphrey


    1. discussion generation

        a. games stimulate discussions around a theme
        b. distribution and amplification simplified

    2. storytelling

        a. games allow for multiple endings

    3. Allow safe exploration around a topic

    What are some of the hurdles to game use in journalism?

    1. preconceived notions about games

    What shortcomings of the current model of news delivery can be overcome by games?

    1. Attention acquisition and retention
    2. Increased engagement and repeat engagement with concepts

    What forms of journalism are better suited for games and which are not?

    1. delivery of urgent and timely information- no
    2. education of backstory, historical information –yes
    3. stories around a theme vs detail and fact intensive stories.
  • JTM 2:00 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink  

    Web Culture 

    Convener: Sandra Ordonez

    a) Be yourself online. don’t pretend to be someone else.
    b) don’t PR your audience….they want honesty and transparency
    c) cultivating community is important. learn how to focus on establishing relationships!!
    d) be ready to be unique and different. technology allows you the ability to experiment.

  • JTM 1:48 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink  

    How to Create an Urban Journalism Program for High School Students Who Can be the Next Generation of Media Communicators from Communities of Struggle? 

    June 4, 2011

    Convenor: Barbara Lewis

    Participants: Bill Densmore, Amherst; Andrew Humphrey, Detroit; Melvin “Buddy” Baker, Saint Petersburg; Seunghyun Lee, Greensboro; Andrea Krewson, Charlotte

    Buddy Baker talked about a journalism program with which he was involved that was focused on middle school students; there were 20 students in print and 20 students in photojournalism; the mentors were professional; the program lasted three weeks; there were field trips and introductions to local business leaders and municipal officials, including the police chief; the student teams wrote up the stories and developed the photos; at the end of the project, the print students created an insert for the local paper and the photojournalists had their work exhibited in a participating gallery.

    Andrew Humphrey described a Saturday program in Washington, D.C. that concentrated on print and television; it was held from February to May; there were 12 to 24 students; the curriculum consisted of writing exercises, instruction in broadcast and new media provided by professionals, including anchors and editors. The students produced a publication, and they took their stories from idea to publication; the broadcast students did a video production; because Humphrey was involved he added a weathercast; for interested students, there was also a sportscast. Humphrey recommended that I get in touch with the Boston Association of Black Journalists. I responded that it was not the most active chapter and was practically defunct. He suggested that I join the National Association of Black Journalists. He mentioned Carole Simpson, who is now at Emerson College. He suggested bringing in guest speakers, including those who could talk about technology and blogging. The New Media Lab at MIT is a good resource. He said that I needed to draft an application and draft a profile of the kind of student desired plus reach out for teacher volunteers. Charter Schools would be one logical place to look for student who would consider applying since they had a base that was already motivated and also the schools that had school newspapers.

    Bill Densmore mentioned HOME, Inc., which is a media literacy program that has been operating in Boston for many years. I mentioned that I had contacted Michel, who runs HOME, Inc. and would be meeting with him and the two other members of the initial planning group, Janis Pryor, who works at WUMB, the campus radio station, and Kenneth Cooper, who is on staff at the Trotter Institute, on June 14, 2011. Densmore also mentioned having students meet in non-traditional locations such as coffee shops and community centers in order to bring the community into the conversation plus considering co-working spots, which could serve as incubators and also branch libraries.

    Humphrey emphasized that it was important to meet in news venues, in newspaper offices, in broadcast studios, etc.

    We discussed a skeletal schedule with the following tentative deadlines: putting together the bare bones of the program by September 30, 2011; assembling a list of all the people interested in volunteering for the Boston Urban Journalism Program by October 30, 2011; putting together an advisory group by December 15, 2011; getting an application and any necessary legal disclaimer forms for parents by March 31, 2012; getting initial funding by May 15, 2012; having applications due by September 1, 2012; finalizing curriculum by October 15, 2012; choosing first class by December 30, 2012; starting program, February 2013.

  • JTM 9:37 am on June 12, 2011 Permalink  

    How do we support those living in the shadows – for whatever reason –to tell their stories to affect social change / How can we empower those affected by an issue/problem to participate in journalism about that issue? 

    Victoria Bouloubasis
    Tamara Jeffries
    Melvin “Buddy” Baker

    Our small group explored these questions through a dialogue that focused on our own experience with specific stigmatized populations: the homeless, mental health patients and undocumented immigrants in the United States.

    How is community created among those people? Is information disseminated well enough within the community?

    There are two levels of communication:

    • Communication within that particular community: A primary level where your group communicates with each other. The needs of that community then must be conveyed to the larger group.
    • Outside communication: We need information about who we are to go to those people who might be allies, or have resources. Information on the primary level can produce change within the community to elevate their situation.
    • The dialogue continued. Tamara and Victoria highlighted that people living “in the shadows” must be tapped into a network of people dealing with the same issues in order to create a trusted community that can, in turn, become empowered. Tamara said, “When you have people who feel marginalized, and you don’t know there are other people who are dealing with the same thing – when people come out of the closet, then you have the opportunity for them to feel safer to engage with an ally population. More voices make a bigger impact. The issue is knowing each other. How to get people to understand that they’re not the only one. My perspective as a journalist, as an ally, I’m the one who says: you’re not by yourself. Here are our issues, let us disseminate our issues and make a complete circle.”

      What are ways journalists can aid these groups is to amplify their message.

      Victoria asked, “What is the access to media for these groups?” Online multimedia, for example Youtube videos, is a way to express something through the means that community has. It boils down to making sure that there are avenues of communication and having access, while having a sense of what kind of tools of communication are available to that community. You have to be more elemental – like posting at a bulletin board at a homeless shelter.

      Buddy, who volunteers with homeless in helping them put together a resume, mentioned that it’s important to help these groups realize their own assets and skills. “Lots of times they realize they’ve done more things than they’ve thought about, they have more skills than they’ve thought about.”

      How does a journalist cover “the invisible” with respect to that community?

      “To me the basic responsibility of covering the invisible comes down to the reporter. Regardless of community outreach, if the reporter thinks it’s an important issue – go out every day and make yourself known, and they will call you.” Buddy

      “There has to be trust created.” Tamara

      “Sometimes they might distrust you because of prior experience with a reporter.” Buddy

      “What we’re trying to do is to make sure that people have a sense that this is a big issue. If you’re willing to tell your story, you can help people understand that there are ways to help, ways to heal. Because access is cheap or free, there’s nothing to stop the people in the community from communicating from their own situation. So it’s not either or, it’s both. What we see is people who are communicating within the community can create bigger stories. “ Tamara

      We conclude that we’ve have the means to come together, as journalists, allies and “the invisible,” and activate. New media not only informs, but activate us to do something.

  • JTM 7:58 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink

    The Wake Up Tour 

    Tani Ikeda, Jasiri X, Sandy Ordonez, Paradise Gray, Matt Renner, Lauren Harbury, Jeff Hermes

    Paired with Show Me Your I.D., the projects jointly received $1,000 and access to coaching from Chris Rabb using the Invisible Capital toolkit.

    The idea –
    Travel in a mobile video editing lab and create a webisode series highlighting revolutionary activism in local communities across America.

    Going forward… needs, supports?

    • Mobile vehicle/editing lab
    • Connect with the Oprah Winfrey Network or MTV for exposure
    • Connect with local thriving activist communities
    • Sponsorship
    • What’s next?
      We need a strong team of bus riders with the logistical, technical, community network and vision to ignite a simultaneous virtual and physical revolution in the United States (we will be using “I.D. Yourself” as our online platform).

  • JTM 7:54 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Show Me Your I.D. 

    Tani Ikeda, Jasiri X, Sandy Ordonez, Paradise Gray, Matt Renner, Lauren Harbury, Jeff Hermes

    Paired with The Wake Up Tour, the projects jointly received $1,000 and access to coaching from Chris Rabb using the Invisible Capital toolkit.

    The idea –
    Social network that serves as a plaza to connect individuals from diverse communities to both share and consume info/news that matters to them and for them to determine most important and new so to self-identify themselves (profiles). Additionally, provide a space for community leaders and ‘journos’ to conduct investigative pieces ignored by mainstream media. Community can connect or see news by ethnicity, issue neighborhood, etc.

    Going forward… needs, supports?

    • Content delivery network
    • Servers
    • Legal advice
    • More production/tech people
    • Community members to “lead” an area
    • Marketing budget

    What’s next?

    • Draft 1 year plan of action
    • Organize team with responsibilities
    • Create virtual office
    • Create budget
    • Map resources
  • JTM 7:47 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Homewood Nation – The Homewood 100 Initiative 

    Elwin Green

    Received $500 and access to coaching from Chris Rabb using the Invisible Capital toolkit.

    The idea –
    Homewood Nation/The Homewood 100 Initiative seeking to provide 100 percent coverage of a neighborhood – every birth, every death, every real estate transaction, every church event, every school event, every arrest, every city council hearing, etc.

    Going forward… needs, supports?
    Reporters, videographers, photographers, geeks, users who will participate.

    What’s next?
    Redesigning the website to increase readership and participation. Moving website to new hosting service. Developing robust database management. Partnering with others to increase reporting.

  • JTM 7:36 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Documenting Durham 

    Travis Mitchell

    The project was awarded mentorship and business development support through the Council for Entrepreneurial Development in Durham

    The idea –
    Thoroughly documenting the entities that make up the heart of Durham

    Going forward… needs, supports?
    Advice and Hi-5’s

    What’s next?
    Re-evaluating and redefining the vision and intent behind the cause.

  • JTM 7:32 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink

    She Who Holds the Pen Publishing Institute 

    Tamara Jeffries (Bennett College)

    The project was awarded mentorship and business development support through the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship

    The idea –
    We are developing a multi-day workshop/conference designed to help young adult women understand how to capture and share their stories of their communities. The premise is that the stories exist, but people don’t always know a) how to best capture the story; b) how to communicate it well, and c) access the technologies available for pushing those stories out.

    Going forward… needs, supports?
    • Finances to bring in participants
    • Meeting planner/logistics experts
    • Finances for supporting the care of participants (food, transport, lodging, etc.)
    • Advisors from all media forms.

    What’s next?
    Prepare a game plan for creating and developing the conference, and ensuring that it captures and covers all media forms (defines “publishing” most broadly).

  • JTM 7:20 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink

    Global Citizen Journalism (GCJ): Diversity of Convergence 

    Seung-Hyun Lee

    The project was awarded mentorship and business development support through the Winston-Salem: Wake Forest University Babcock Demon Incubator

    The idea –
    1. Reporting diverse cultural difference for understanding in the world.
    2. Reporting the summary of current political issues of each country in the world
    3. Reporting what’s happening now in the world? – fun, special unique news
    4. Building a website/blog/twitter connection
    5. All news by global citizens; filled with video, photos and articles
    6. Building the connection of college students, high school students and citizens.

    Going forward… needs, supports?
    First, create a website/a blog/twitter account. Second, promote it through mouth (word) to mouth, email, twitter and Facebook. Third, recruit citizen journalists who can contribute their time to report diverse issues in their country, in the world, using video, photos and articles.
    GCJ would be community activists, high school and college students, educators, professionals representing every continental reporting local, state, regional, national and international news to foster creation, innovation, involvement, connection and positive impact.

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