CTCVista Project Fall/Winter 2006 Digest

November 21, 2006

Over at the CTC Vista Project Digest Colleen Kelly from Project: Think Different writes about P:TD’s new Media Watch Team in her article titled, “Media Literacy on the Streets (of Boston)

“Our objective through the Media Action Series is to create a culture in which young people believe in their power to create change in the media and beyond, and to provide youth the education and access to resources to become well informed, socially responsible, and participatory citizens of society.”

The fall edition includes:

  • One Alumna’s Advice for CTC VISTAs, by (former CTC VISTA) Molly Szymanski – “Working on a project that requires knowledge of local resources can be difficult especially if you haven’t been in the city long enough to be familiar with community networks.”
  • Rethinking “Internet for Everyone” & Social Networking, by (current VISTA) Brittney Fosbrook – “Why would case managers use this technology tool, they questioned, if they could barely navigate the internet? It is true, many of the people in the office have not been provided with the intensive technology training that I have taken for granted.”
  • Community Networking Hits Media Mainstream (Almost)!, by Frank Odasz – “Perhaps future programs will focus on the lessons learned from thousands of community technology centers and community networks struggling to educate citizens, generate local content, and provide fiber and wireless broadband access.”

Learn more about the CTC Vista Project here.


Ideas for How to Use Blogging

November 1, 2006

Colin @ Media Matters

Here’s some ideas from our workshop on how the participants can use blogging in their work:

  • Use it in the classroom to make argument instead of a regular essay; and other students can comment on each other
  • new medium for posting timely articles for the student newspaper
  • getting feedback on essay for feedback before handing it in
  • questioning local new media article validity
  • more youth voice in the media
  • Live Journal community to post announcements and community events (it’s informal now)
  • call out to females at my school to find out why they’re always fighting

Folks seemed to have a lot of questions about how blogs get traffic. We talked about blogrolls/liniking, tagging, and searching. Check out Technorati.com to find out more about tagging and try Google’s Blog Search at http://blogsearch.google.com/.

Boston Public Access TV Producers on Flickr

August 22, 2006

BNPG Blogging Crew

From The Boston Neighborhood Producer’s Group Blog:

“The BNPG is on Flickr! What is Flickr? It’s a great way to share photos, but this is too simple an answer that does not adequately explain how this exciting new web tool can be used.”

Videoblogging Workshop with Boston Neighborhood Producer’s Group Part 2

August 13, 2006

At yesterday’s videoblogging workshop at UMass Boston
Photo by Hiram Scott, BNPG

Yesterday afternoon, Danielle Martin, Hiram Scott of the Boston Neighborhood Producer’s Group, and I held a second videoblogging workshop for members of BNPG at UMass Boston. Hiram blogged the workshop today:

“Because many of our members are active television producers this new tool will prove to be invaluable as they share news and information, as well as their creative works with a much broader and diverse audience.”

We spent the second workshop helping members set-up their own Blogger blogs. By the end, everyone had set-up their own blogs and entered the world of blogging. All of the new BNPG member blogs can be found find listed in the left column of the BNPG blog.

We focused mainly on blogging yesterday as a first step towards assisting BNPG members with learning how to post video on their blogs. This allowed us to start slow. We wanted to make sure that all members had enough time to ask questions and understand many of the concepts introduced during the workshop.

We arranged the workshop so that Danielle, Hiram and I would discuss and show a few things for 10 or 15 minutes using the overhead and then BNPG members had lots of time to apply these concepts at their computer workstations.

Although we don’t have a date set for the next workshop yet, our goal with these workshops is to assist BNPG members with learning how to video blog and share clips from their public access TV shows using the web. For the next workshop we will most likely move to blip.tv to show as an easy tool for uploading and hosting video.

Yesterday was very lively and a lot of fun. We thank BNPG for allowing ACMEBoston to have the opportunity to work with them. It’s been exciting to be apart of a process that has allowed a new group of public access TV producers to gain the tools, skills and knowledge to begin sharing their stories using the world wide web.

Colin Rhinesmith
President, ACMEBoston

Citizen Journalism Documentary Trailer at Media Policy Blog

August 4, 2006

Watch the video

Cambridge Community Television hosted a three-month class in which members of the community will planned, wrote, shot, edited and distributed a short-form documentary on the subject of Citizen Journalism in a collaborative, citizen-journalism-style environment. The documentary features among others: Steve Garfield, Lisa Williams and Ethan Zuckerman.

Take a peak at this trailer for the longer 12min. documentary. For more information visit: http://projectdocumentary.blogspot.com” – MediaPolicyBlog.org

Citizen Journalism “Unconference” August 7, 2006

July 28, 2006

Center for Citizen Media “Unconference”

August 7, 2006
9 am – 4pm
Harvard Law School, Pound Hall

On August 7, Berkman Center fellow and Center for Citizen Media director Dan Gillmor will host a day of discussion on citizen media at Harvard Law School. The purpose is to brainstorm some key aspects of citizen journalism, including principles, techniques, tools, business models and more. The conference will be in the “unconference” format, where the audience are the experts and there are no formal panels, but rather skilled moderators and session leaders drawing out what we collectively know so we can learn from each other.

Moderators include Steve Garfield, Andrew Lih, Phil Malone, Tom Stites, Lisa Williams, and Ethan Zuckerman.

The gathering will take place at Harvard Law School’s Pound Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. and finishing at around 4 p.m. We’ll also plan to have birds-of-a-feather dinners in Cambridge, most likely hosted by several speakers, for those who want to stick around. The cost of the day is $20 at the door, to cover food costs (we’ll provide morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack). Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up today!

More information: http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Citizen_Journalism
To Register: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/home/rsvp_cmunconference-08-07

Public Access and Citizen Media Producers Working Together

July 23, 2006


A recurring theme I’ve noticed over the past year, has been the growing relationship between public access producers (those who produce for public access television) and citizen media folks (bloggers, podcasters, videobloggers, etc.) who are using media to tell stories about stuff happening in their communities.

At the ACM conference there were many great ideas for connecting access centers to web tools (particularly open source resources) for online production and distribution. The workshops were very successful.

Citizen journalism is on the rise with sites like iBrattleboro.com and many others. There are also some great efforts taking place here in Boston (more on this soon).

How can producers telling stories using public access centers connect with citizen journalism folks? This is beginning to happen independently of one another, but not in a comprehensive way with one another–that could be found, say on a single website that promotes this vision and recognition of the two working together. Perhaps a website like this this already exists?

For example:

  • (1) Community newspaper, (2) public access center offshoot website, or (3) online only website, forms online participatory website, encouraging submissions from residents in the community
  • Website reaches out to public access producers asking for short digital video submissions to increase user experience
  • Website is located on a blog where feedback is encouraged and stories–from both citizen journalists and public access producers–could be rated/voted on.

This is just one idea.

This seems to me to be key. These two worlds are naturally colliding. How can folks share resources and work together in collaborative media making processes to fill the void where traditional media is failing to tell the stories of local communities here in Boston and in other cities?

I’d like to see a website where these two camps–public access producers and citizen journalists–reach out to, and begin to work with, one another, to create a more robust online picture of events happening in local communities to increase civic engagement and participation.

This would also be an excellent opportunity to share resources, skills, and knowledge between the two groups, while hopefully benefiting offline communities at the same time.

Colin Rhinesmith
President, ACMEBoston