Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Visual Approaches to Illustrating the Field of Co-Design

Together with Sasha Costanza-Chock and Molly Sauter, I'm planning to make a visual map of co-design. Thus far, this has involved learning about co-design, meeting co-designers in the UK, and familiarising myself with theories of co-design.

Now that the field is coming into focus for me, I'm starting to make decisions about what things to include, and what visual approaches to take. Here are some of my initial thoughts.

Timeline
I think that a timeline will be very helpful in the upcoming class Sasha is teaching on co-design. Timelines are very good at setting something in context, showing how a trend develops over time, and presenting a pile of names and examples in a narrative (see the Design History Timeline as an example).

Project Update: News Sources

I recently undertook the task of comparing leading independent online news sources for the Central, Eastern, Western, and Southern regions of Ukraine. My overall goal was to get a better sense of the political orientations of these websites, their readership and their content, as well as gauge the inclusivity of voices. At the same time, I was also looking for material related to ICTs in Ukraine. In the interest of time, I'll briefly discuss some findings on two sites: Ukrajins'ka Pravda and Ostrov.

Project Update: Pushing the Limits

This a collaborative post on the project Ricarose Roque and I have been working on:

Interview Protocol for Moderators
To understand the perspective of community moderators, which includes a full-time online community coordinator, we plan to interview one or two members of the moderation team. We frame our interview questions using our project’s three research questions (listed below). To make our conversations concrete, we plan to ask moderators to identify two-to-three examples of particularly challenging scenarios of moderation specifically around civic engagement of Scratch community members. Below is our interview protocol for moderators organized around background questions, specific examples, and looking ahead.

Research Questions for the Interview

Final project update with literature review

This blog post is a project update in collaboration with Hailey Lee. Our project outline can be seen here.

Over the past week, Hailey and I have been developing questions for our video component. We have also been reaching out to various Boston news organizations for appearance requests. Here’s a working list of organizations we have contacted:
• New England Cable News
• WCVB
• WBZ
• WHDH
• WFXT
• WUNI Univision
• Boston Neighborhood Network
• Cambridge Community TV
• Roxbury.TV
• Boston Latino Television
• Center on Media and Society at UMass Boston
• Boston Regional US Census Bureau
• National Association of Hispanic Journalists
• National Association of Black Journalists
• National Association of Asian Journalists

Any additional suggestions for organizations to contact would be appreciated.

Designing Nutritional Labels for the News at the Mozilla Festival

Over the last three days of the Mozilla Festival, the team from the MIT Media Lab & Center for Civic Media has been asking people to visualise their media diets. This is part of a larger project we're doing with our director Ethan Zuckerman to develop a nutritional label for the news. You can read more about it in this great post on the Nieman Journalism Lab, "Ethan Zuckerman wants you to eat your (news) vegetables". Clay Johnson of InfoVegan is also writing a book on the topic, set to be published by O'Reilly in the near future.

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