Creating Technology for Social Change

This Week in Civic Media: National Conference for Media Reform, Beyond Books

National Conference for Media Reform
What a great time! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and our demo session this weekend, including a huge number of fellow News Challenge winners. And an overmediated high-five goes out to the conference organizers from FreePress, especially Candace Clement and Libby Reinish, for inviting the Center to be a local host committee member, as well as to volunteer boothtenders Regan, Dan, and Jeff.

From the Center

  • Beyond Books: Journalists and librarians meet at MIT to rewrite each others’ stories:
  • June conference: our conference with the Knight Foundation is again invite-only, but if you’ve come in the past, you’ll likely be coming this year…so block off June 22-24.
  • Inspiring success in Juárez of Cronicas de Heroes/Hero Reports: “Cd. Juárez, MEX –CRONICAS DE HEROES– OTRA CARA, OTRA HISTORIA…”

The shutdown that could have been…and could still be

  • Is Congress ready for this image? If gov’t shuts down, there will be no trash pickup in DC

The future of journalism is social, as in beer


  • Following the retirement of Congressional Research Service’s leader, Sunlight Foundation asks: what’s next for CRS?
  • Save the Data, saving, would save so, so, so much money

Optimizing Your Pessimism, Pessimizing Your Optimism

  • “Journalism and Media Grant Making: Five Things You Need to Know, Five Ways to Get Started.”
  • — City Plans Harvard to Porter Square Mass Ave Improvements
  • MT @zepol: Vincente Fox at #ASNE: Mexico’s Army should not be on the streets in Juarez. Says Army isn’t prepared to handle human rights.
  • Connected Citizens: The Power, Potential and Peril of Networks via @knightfdn
  • As negotiating tactic, AP writers union asks members not to tweet any AP stories for two days
  • “Audio: Digital Media and Popular Uprisings Panel at Lesley University” with @ethanz @jilliancyork
  • Congress has passed only 7 pieces of legislation in ’11, all but one an “extension” or “continuation” of existing law

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