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This Week in Civic Media: Thursday, "Media Culture in the Occupy Movement"

What's been the relationship between social media and social movement activity during the current global cycle of protest? Our own Sasha Costanza-Chock says it's time to find out...

Media Culture in the Occupy Movement From the People's Mic to

Thursday 5pm @ MIT

Sasha Costanza-Chock is Assistant Professor of Civic Media in the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT. He is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, co-principal investigator of the MIT Center for Civic Media, and cofounder of the Occupy Research Network.


UROP position available with AAGO, "Mobile Media Diaries for Youth Citizen Journalists"

Are you an MIT undergrad with a coding background and interest in media? Check out this great opportunity with the AAGO project:

UROP Positions: MIT Center for Civic Media and the Comparative Media Studies Program
Faculty Supervisor: Prof. James Paradis

Project Title:
Aago: Mobile Media Diaries for Youth Citizen Journalists


Civic media courses for Spring 2012!

One feature of the Center that we love to, well, feature is our completely unique set of courses. This semester we have three of them -- two taught by professor and Center co-principal investigator Sasha Costanza-Chock and the other, in his MIT class debut, by our director Ethan Zuckerman. Registration is still open:

CMS.362 Civic Media Collaborative Design Studio
S. Costanza-Chock
Project-based studio focusing on collaborative design of civic media provides a service-learning opportunity for students interested in working with community organizations. Multidisciplinary teams create civic media projects based on real-world community needs. Covers co-design methods and best practices to include the user community in iterative stages of project ideation, design, implementation, testing, and evaluation. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 16.

The Week in Civic Media: Thursday Lunch with "Prison Legal News"

If you follow news about prisoner rights, court rulings and other news about prison issues, join us for this week's Civic Lunch...

Free Civic Lunch This Week

  • RSVP for our [free] lunch this week with Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News

And more civic media news this week...

"Nutrition Labels for News"

Solitude on the Web


Audio: "Occupy Wall Street after Zuccotti Park," an Interview with Sasha Costanza-Chock

Back in November, Associate Professor of Civic Media and Center principal investigator Sasha Costanza-Chock spoke with NPR's Brook Gladstone about what comes next for the Occupy movement (image and link courtesy of and NPR's On the Media:


Vaclav Havel's rhetoric, billionaires, and the 99%

Everything for me this week is relating to the late Vaclav Havel, and this "imbeciles" story makes me think of Havel's 1965 speech/article "On Evasive Thinking".

He opens with an episode from earlier that year when a girl was crushed by a stone window ledge that fell after the state failed to maintain it. Havel tells how the state acknowledged the issue and abstractly promised that things would get better. He tells how spineless writers wrote how wonderful it is that their society was now open enough for criticism.

As in…

A girl being crushed resulted in praise for the very gov't that allowed her to be crushed, because the writers were too chicken to ask the primary question, "Dear gov't, why do our window ledges fall?"

Job opportunity with us: Community Organizer/Codesign Facilitator

The Center for Civic Media has opened its search for a community organizer/codesign facilitator. We hope you'll spread the word to qualified candidates on the hunt for a great opportunity...

The description is below, with application procedures on the MIT employment site.

Regan St. Pierre, our community outreach manager who recently accepted a new position, is so irreplaceable that we tweaked the job. The focus is now explicitly on codesign. It's an acknowledgment -- long implied by our mission but now far more prominent given the ethos of Prof. Costanza-Chock -- that our research and tools cannot be developed purely 'in the lab' at MIT, followed by a search for a community 'testbed.' Rather, we hope to develop new tools and platforms through collaborative design, iterative testing, and measures of success that are shared with community partners, from start to finish.

How does that sound to you?

(MIT) Undergraduate Research Opportunity with the Aago project

(For MIT undergraduates only.)

With the increasing proliferation of mobile digital media tools and online video distribution, there is a need for secure easy-to-use platforms for sharing and organizing media content among youth. While capturing and tagging digital media with time and location is possible, editing and organizing it for producing seamless narrativesthat can be easily shared online remains complicated. This project seeks to undertake development of mobile tools and online platforms that support young media makers and citizen journalists to create, organize and share digital narratives produced in their own neighborhoods over time, while allowing new forms ofinter-generational learning, location-based storytelling and civicadvocacy.

The Week in Civic Media: Truth Goggles

Enjoy the latest civic media news...


From the Center

Truth Goggles

Bulk-Analyzing Front Pages


"Music is My Hot Hot: A Logic Model Analysis of ZUMIX"


For a recent Civic Media Lunch, we welcomed the co-founder and radio coordinator from ZUMIX, Madeleine Steczynski and Elena Botkin-Levy. ZUMIX is a twenty-year-old East Boston-based nonprofit that builds community through music and the arts. Their core constituency is low-income youth -- picture a Boys and Girls Club filled with kids playing guitars and learning to use mixing boards...

As it happens, a week later, Sujata Singhal of the Harvard Graduate School of Education developed a logic model of ZUMIX for a GSE paper.

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