This Week in Civic Media: New Name, Funds, Leader, and Site

New Name, New Funds, New Leader, New Site

  • A kick in the future. @c4fcm is now @civicMIT, reflecting our new moniker
  • @knightfdn announces new round of funding for us: $3.76m over three years
  • Ethan Zuckerman to lead MIT Center for Civic Media http://cot.ag/m8yasp @ethanz #civicmedia
  • #Civicmedia rule number 1: It’s all about the Zuckermans. http://cot.ag/mQ2lfu
  • Quietly, sneaking into your life as you think about the #civicmedia conference and #NewsChallenge, is our new site http://civic.mit.edu

MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference

  • VIDEO: “Lightning talks” by all of this year’s #NewsChallenge winners http://cot.ag/jqMFTH #civicmedia @knightfdn
  • Visions of civic media, from Chris Csikszentmihalyi (@csik) and Sasha Constanza-Chock (@schock) http://cot.ag/kUoJlq via @ethanz
  • Offshoot of MIT Center for #CivicMedia work, Public Lab, wins huge $500k #NewsChallenge grant! http://cot.ag/jWdojj
  • Props to our bud @chrysoara: “#NewsChallenge grantee Awesome Foundation wants to fund journalism at the micro level” http://cot.ag/jVwA9B
  • @NiemanLab: Get to know this year’s 16 Knight #NewsChallenge winners http://nie.mn/lEliNF
  • @csik: Humbled by the #civicmedia projects C4 students presented today. What great people to work with.
  • Official #civicmedia conference Twitter list: http://bit.ly/mvmKAk 60+% of registrants tweet.
  • @akwhitacre My #civicmedia conference photoset is up http://cot.ag/kkJ626 Share yours!

Civic media blog: Add your comments…

  • The Importance of Stakeholders as Designers: http://cot.ag/lDtCoc #civicmedia blog from @cdetar
  • Digital Signage on the Cheap in Somerville’s Union Square, via @rahulbot http://cot.ag/kbDdKy #civicmedia #lostinboston
  • @ReganStP reports on “Sameboat” rollout, solutions to the difficulty in accessing information about social services http://cot.ag/lXJErS

Funder’s take on Center’s first four years

Fracking

  • @propublica: “Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals” http://cot.ag/jpwieP #extract

New models, new ethics?

  • Sharing content and staff between local news stations: a public interest violation? @freepress thinks so: http://cot.ag/ikndfT
  • Facebook apparently blocking citizen activism website, offering no recourse http://cot.ag/kOR8sG

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