Charlotte-Anne Lucas has brought her journalism students to report live on the
Interactive Media conference at Las Vegas. This is cutting edge stuff.
She took two hours to build a basic drupal website that fuses the feeds of the students' wordpress blogs and their twitter tweets.
In a smart step as part of this, Lucas created a new twitter profile and befriended it to all her students' separate twitter profiles - producing a single merged tweet that feeds direct onto the drupal site.
Rhodes Journ is one of 16 winners of the 2008 Knight newschallenge - out of 3000 entrants into this international competition.
Over 4 years, the foundation will allocate $630 400 (R4,8m) to the school for a project working with mobile journalism.
In a nutshell, the idea is to involve students, the Grocott's Mail, and learners (as citizen journalists) to develop a common communications space in divided Grahamstown, by integrating them through cellphone journalism.
Anne Eisenmenger, Gatehouse media.
Here’s an interesting story told by Anne Eisenmenger at the Suburban Newspapers of America in Las Vegas this week:
In April 2006, she and others set out to generate a sustainable hyper-local model of journalism. The idea: if current downwards print trends in the US continued, it could replace the print model. They called their website “Wicked”.
Two years later, there are more than 170 Wicked community sites, many linked to local newspapers.
In some ways I’m pleased that newspapers are getting rid of sub-editors. Subs are mean and cantankerous people, and they scare me. I still have flashbacks about my first encounter with one of them...
It’s a treat to visit The Post newsroom in Zambia – as I did recently courtesy of the paper’s unique two-person fulltime press freedom team made up of Sheikh Chifuwe and Leah Komakoma.
Operating in a double-cab bakkie with branding on the side, the two travel the country promoting press freedom in communities, schools and amongst politicians.
When The Post team is not promoting law reform, they are also running a home-grown version of what the US media call “Public Journalism”.