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 @ethanz #civicmedia
  • #Civicmedia rule number 1: It’s all about the Zuckermans.
  • Quietly, sneaking into your life as you think about the #civicmedia conference and #NewsChallenge, is our new site

MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference

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

Civic media blog: Add your comments…

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

Funder’s take on Center’s first four years


  • @propublica: “Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals” #extract

New models, new ethics?

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