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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Empowering Tomorrow

Barbara Lewis

The idea –
A journalism training and education program for urban high school students to develop the writing, visual and digital skills to effectively gather the new and tell stories about themselves and their communities

Going forward… needs, supports?
A board or advisors to give feedback and help guide the planning and development process

What’s next?
Find out what similar programs around the country are doing and linking them to increase resources and know-how.

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Digital DNA – Digital Identity Management and Community Mapping System

Michelle Ferrier, Byung Lee, Mani St. Victor, Rick Rodgers, Kaycie Coy, Norm Roulet

The idea –
Create a platform/system for managing digital identity along multiple points of interest and mapping these in geographical and topical spaces. Engage individuals in creating their own identity to share on the web. Create system for monitoring emotional/financial read of a community ie. Community well-being monitoring to effect change at a local level.

Going forward… needs, supports?
Understanding of talent in the Greensboro 52 and connections. Moving the needle beyond current open ID issues to find personal interest of individuals in taking ownership of their date/stories/identity.

What’s next?
Community mapping exposes hidden and individual community assets and knowledge for sharing, connection and action: We have connections with potential IT folks to flesh this out, but need to examine model for connection to existing databases such as Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, medical data.

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The Obama Effect

Paradise Gray

The idea –
A documentary following a group of African American men and the youth that they mentor as they work to stop the violence in their community and work to make sure the community has a voice at the polls during the 2008 Presidential election.

Going forward… needs, supports?
Funds to capture, edit and license video and audio.

What’s next?
I have many hours of footage that needs to be captured and edited. Also copyrighted images and video to license.

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immediate Justice hotline

Tani Ikeda

The idea –
A smart phone app for therapists to organize and facilitate volunteering for rape crisis help lines

Going forward… needs, supports?
• A network of health providers
• Techies

What’s next
Need a grant

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Media Reinvestment

Jordan Green

The idea –
A community news service – primarily online – what would serve a distressed community, meaning de-industrialized, losing population, struggling with foreclosure, difficulty providing government services.
More about the idea: Start with watchdog government coverage (public budgets, taxes, rezoning, public safety, parks, sidewalks); also culture: independent local musicians, poets, artists. Also focus on local independent businesses that sustain community.

Going forward… needs, supports?
1. Funding
2. Workspace (funding)
3. Equipment (computers, digital cameras) –translation- funding.

What’s next?
Pick a community to serve what’s next: Put together a staff that is diverse by race, gender and age.

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Hill District Historians Oral History Project

C. Denise Johnson

The idea –
Historic Hill District’s legacy is digitally captured through interviews of elders conducted by neighborhood youth (middle school and up), thus forming the foundation of an ongoing living document to upon. Interviews shared via multimedia platforms (video, audio, print, visual, literary

Going forward… needs, supports?
Digital cameras, editing and publishing software, website development, funding for technical training and support.

What’s next?
Recruit team of media professionals, educators, technicians; outreach to church and social service agencies to access elders and youth participants.

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“Show Me Your I.D. Pt. 3”

SESSION 3 Merging of Whole Create or Die Group Saturday, June 4th 2011

Travis, IMJ, 1HOOD, Sandy Ordonez,

“Show Me Your ID” Virtual Plaza for underrepresented
Michelle Ferrier providing the “ID card” a digital, layered, “gobstopper” of information, layers based on work, school, professional, location networks
Tani Ikeda provideding documentation of oral history/personal stories that would provided content for site, physical buzz for the website, eventually clips
Jasiri X and Paradise Gray-content originatior. Solicitors of information, using this to
Eventually sell to Mtv, various networks PBS? As documentary.
Plugging this into the next presidential campaign in 2012?

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How Do We Make Money?

Session Host: Elwin Green
Reporter: Carmen Lee
Participants: C. Denise Johnson, Jeff Hermes, Jordan Green, Seunghyun Lee, Byong Lee

How Can We Make Money?

I. Money-generating models
A. Syndicated model
1. Operation funded by foundation grants
2. Stories sold to outlets
3. Examples: New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Rocky Mountain Investigative Center
ProPublica (?)
B. Advertising model
1. Advertising-supported information product based on number of clicks
2. Large numbers needed to generate decent amount of money
3. Examples: YouTube, Blogher, GoogleAdSense
C. Fundraising/Sponsorship model
1. News enterprise supported by contributions from foundations, corporations and others
2. Examples: Oakland Local, Common Language Project (Seattle) public radio and television
D. Crowd-sourced model
1. Writers propose ideas to others and get micro-donations to support doing a story
2. Example: SpotDot.US
E. Book-development model
1. Writers write articles with the intent of developing a book from them.
2. Writers make deals with employers or former employers (newspapers, magazines, other publications) to get the publications rights to stories the writers produced while employees so that the articles can be compiled into a book
F. Co-op model
1. Audience owns the publication, supports its production, and provides editorial guidance to writers (story ideas, feedback).
2. Examples: Banyan Project, Locally Grown News (Michelle Ferrierr)
G. Other possibilities
1. App model – creation of an app that could be sold to support operating costs
2. Ancillary products – hats, DVDs, posters, etc. with enterprise’s logo sold to help support it

II. Possible processes for developing above models
A. A writer’s “path” – freelancing to grant funding to sponsorships to advertising
B. Collaborations with other writers – networking, pool resources, co-locating (writers incubator)s

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“Show Me Your I.D.”

SESSION 1 @12:15 1HOOD, IMJ, Mani (Marveloper Media), Sandy Ordonez
Notes taken by Sierra Ferrier

“The future of journalism is not content creation, but content curation.”
-Mani Saint-Victor
“to give the voice to our own media, without labels” –Jasiri X

-Start on the web, creation of the next OPRAH network.
User-generated content of the Reddit strain.

  • Upload your own story, see me for who “I” actually am, apart from what you have seen in mainstream media.
  • Talk about Tani’s inspiration: “She didn’t see herself in a complete way in the media…didn’t have any identifiers of media in her life.” –Jasiri X.
  • Journalism identity—have a forum for people to have their own story, the REAL story, the REAL truth.

Exclusive/original content-things that are created originally-(Eugene). “Where is the Cosby Show of our generation?”
Aggregate content-found from other sources (ex. huff post)
User generated- a 3rd party putting their info on the site.

Use Reddit as the framework (open source skeleton) for the “ID” site.
“Building a plaza for their communities to come together….using them to help the people in the communities to be known all over the world. Aggregate communities.”-Sandy
“Everything is hyperlocal, help the communities get money/advertising”-sandy
“There’s no way for me to connect to Latinas in the social media community-type work”-Sandy

Uses of site: Extendable reputation manager of businesses, participation, showing the “do” economy. Community growth
-It doesn’t matter if it’s libel or slander, the community will decide what goes up or down.
In regards to moderation
–are you worried that to becomes the next gossip site?
Paradise: have parts of the site that are said to be “unfiltered”, or we need content managers. Self-regulation identity.

(→ is available
1st Step: content delivery network
2nd Step Specs list of what we want this application to do.
3rd Step: skin it, branding system team with the right code. As you are bringing in people , building the culture of the site, build a culture/style of the community.

Manifesto/cultural guidelines
Tolerance, welcoming of diversity, a learning community, respectful, adaptive, welcome collaboration, lack/removal of labels explain, non-anonymity, network and supportive define yourself. Ability for hyperlocal

Community self-expression

Byung Lee, Jeff Hermes, Paradise Gray, Melvin baker, Amanda Sturgill, Lauren Harbury, Derrick Foust, Matt Renner, Edith Veremu, Brandon Marshall, Barbara Lewis, Travis Mitchell, Elwin Green, Andrew Humphrey, Rick Rogers, Mani Saint-Victor, Sandy Ordonez

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