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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.

Creative Writing & Filming with youth in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza – Week 2

In our second week of the workshop the children and trainers in all groups began developing their story concepts and storyboards, along with acting and shooting video on-location for their films. Below is a day-by-day summary of our experiences with the workshop in Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza.

More photos and updates on our blog:

Day 6: Creative story-writing

We began the workshop with a focus on creative story-writing; the session was lead by Asmaa Elghoul, an award winning writer and journalist in Gaza, who's been volunteering some time with our workshops.

This Week in Civic Media 07.16.10: Center job opening, @digidave becomes a Reynolds Fellow

See it as it happens: follow the Center on Twitter, @c4fcm.

From the Center

  • "My job, let me show you it": @chrysaora tells you why you should apply for our Outreach Coordinator position

Friends of the Center

Future of Newspapers

  • Mass. newspaper combating offensive commenters with one-time $0.99 charge and use of real names
  • @Poynter: Gannett papers to add jobs for hubs. // Charles Apple says there are smart aspects to Gannett's plan.
  • Best of luck to Khoi Vinh, who's announced he's leaving his design director position at

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Youth Media Workshop in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza – Week 1

Voices Beyond Walls and Les Enfants, Le Jeu et l’Education (EJE) began its first participatory digital media and storytelling workshop in the UNRWA Woman’s center in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza from July 4 – 25, 2010.

The three-week workshop is being conducted with five local staff members from the woman’s center and 5-6 volunteers (from youth organizations like Tamer and Sharek), all of whom participated in the Training of Trainers (ToT) course previously conducted by Voices Beyond Walls at the Canaan Institute of New Pedagogy from June 28-30, 2010. The workshop participants include 25 children (boy and girls aged 10-15) from Jabaliya camp.

Another “comparison group” of 25 children are participating in a Dabke (traditional Palestinian dance) workshop conducted in parallel at the center, as part of the pilot research study led by Dr. Nitin Sawhney, examining the role of interventions supporting participatory media, creative expression, and civic engagement among marginalized children undergoing conditions of protracted conflict.

Pre-workshop Planning and Preliminary Focus Group Evaluations


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