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Another wartime disconnect

We're in the midst of another wartime disconnect, though it's different this time around.

During the Vietnam War, the disconnect was between the government and its citizens. With the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, the press solidified a long-suspected belief that the government, through its spokespersons and the military, was misleading the public about the prosecution of the war.

Because they were published in 1971, the Pentagon Papers were late to the game, so to speak, to affect public opinion about the war. Yet they helped turn Americans away from their government: Americans knew their government had failed them, and since then, but for times of extreme crisis, Americans haven't trusted their government to make best-interest decisions.

Today there is another disconnect, highlighted by Wikileaks' publication of tens of thousands of documents purporting to show that the war in Afghanistan is going much worse and with much more innocent bloodshed than the government has admitted. Wikileaks frames this documentation similar to that of the Pentagon Papers, claiming that there's dissonance in what the government is saying and what the public now knows.

This Week in Civic Media 07.23.10: Red Ink is Knight-Batten Notable Entry; Youth, Video, and Gaza

From the Center

  • Congrats to our Ryan O'Toole on his Red Ink consumer financial data platform, honored as a Knight-Batten Notable Entry
  • Filming and Editing with youth in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza – Week 3
  • Creative Writing & Filming with youth in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza – Week 2

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Shirley Sherrod Episode

Filming and Editing with youth in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza – Week 3

The final week of our workshop in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza focused on getting youth narratives filmed on-location along with editing the video shorts. In the upcoming days we plan to finalize all films and screen them in the local community, along with post-workshop evaluations.

More photos and updates on our blog:

The following summarizes our experiences in the final week:

Day 11: A day of ups and downs shooting video in the camp…

A day with many ups and downs - we had left video cameras with all groups and trainers to continue filming over the weekend. All but one group reported in their morning check-in that they were nearly done with their primary shooting. Many had worked hard on the weekend in new locations and reworked narratives.

Jennifer Gaie Hellum on "Creating a Flickr Account Suitable for an Aspiring Multimedia Journalist"

Where does your personal photostream end and your professional one begin?

If you're a journalist asking that question, Jennifer Gaie Hellum at the University of Arizona's a nice post for you. Turns out, it's not as simple as you think, at least if you're new to Flickr.

Among the items of advice, given that it's nearly impossible to "professionalize" a Flickr photostream that started off with personal items, are:

Red Ink project honored for innovation in journalism

Red Ink, a Center project developed by Ryan O'Toole to help consumers make better collective financial decisions, was named a notable entry in this week's 2010 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.

Said O'Toole, "It's cool, whether talking to advisers or people I'm collaborating with, to get this kind of recognition, not only from outside MIT but from such an established journalism institution."

O'Toole says he's humbled to be in the company the other winning projects. "When you look at that list, it's striking."

His joins other notable entries such as Community Centered Advertising, created by Knight News Challenge winner Spot.Us, a collaborative local journalism project from the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal for iPad.


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