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Five Tech Ideas for Explanatory Journalism

How can technology help journalists make sense of complex issues and explain them to the public in a clear, understandable manner?

Last year, Jay Rosen's journalism students spent an entire semester researching and making explanations in partnership with ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom which focuses on investigative journalism. The class did amazing work to highlight notable examples and develop their own explainers. One of my favourite examples is this project from 2011, where students redesigned the same ProPublica background article as a video, a podcast, and an FAQ.

Summary of posts about Berkman Center's Workshop "Understanding the New Wave of Social Cooperation"

On March 21st, Harvard Berkman Center hold a workshop entitled “Understanding the New Wave of Social Cooperation: A Triangulation of the Arab Revolutions, European Mobilizations and the American Occupy Movement” and the class of Networked Social Movements reflected on this event through this series of blog posts:

Artist As Researcher? Researcher As Artist?

Selecciones de la Entrevista: Nancy Meza de Dream Team LA Parte 1

Lo siguiente es el resumen breve de una entrevista con Nancy Meza con respecto a un proyecto con el Center for Civic Media en MIT sobre el papel de los medios de comunicación y la tecnología en los movimientos sociales.

Interview Highlights: Boston's Student Immigrant Movement Part 2

The following is a summary of an interview with Renata Teodoro regarding a project with the Center for Civic Media at MIT on the role of Media and Technology in Social Movements.

Networked Collaboration

Collaboration with networks and alliances has played a large role for the Student Immigrant Movement in Boston, comments Renata. Recently, SIM has found support from the faith community. “The faith community is still a huge resource…I would say even more than organizations.” Churches are significant because they are often indiscriminant of citizenship status, which allows for outreaching to both undocumented immigrants and non-immigrants at once. Also, high schools and universities have been excellent sites to reach undocumented youth. “Most of those people [faith communities and students] aren’t engaged yet into any type of movement.”


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