Somebody’s Digg-ing Our Workshop

Posted on August 4, 2008. Filed under: workshops | Tags: , , , , |

BBC Brasil correspondent Tariq Saleh helps train Arab journalists with digital tools
BBC Brasil correspondent Tariq Saleh (center) helps train Arab journalists with digital tools at a recent online journalism workshop hosted by the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut.

Magda Abu-Fadil, director of the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut, also happens to write for the The Huffington Post. Recently, she posted about our most recent workshop, which took place the week of July 21–25. Not long after she posted, Abu-Fadil got a notice from Digg that her story was rising quickly, and that she should work on getting more people to promote it. (Digg, simply put, is a Web 2.0 site that allows people to vote on stories they like. Stories with more votes than others can be “promoted” to the front page.) I finally signed up for the ranking service, after a long wait, and then asked my networks, through other 2.0 sites—namely, Facebook and Twitter—to Digg the story too. Now, we have 117 Diggs. Not bad. Read the story. If you like it, you can register for Digg and vote for us too.

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Wired Journalists

Posted on February 11, 2008. Filed under: independent journalism | Tags: , |

Wired Journalists home page

Because journalists are already situated at society’s hubs for information exchange, their needs and habits are natural openings for exploring all the creases and corners of the potential for participatory media. About three weeks ago, Wired Journalists, a social networking site with the strange tagline “Get wired to win” was launched.

Designed with the DIY social networking tool Ning, Wired Journalists has attracted so far people who “seem real eager to learn or to help others,” as Howard Owens, one of the site’s three cofounders, said. The other cofounders are Ryan Sholin and Zac Echola. I joined yesterday as member #1250 and started the group Working Independently and Collectively. I still have to get it up and running. Today, I got my first friend request, from kamalkumar a 23-year-old TV broadcaster in Kathmandu, Nepal. He’s member #1266.

Here’s a writeup on Poynter by Amy Gahran.

Wired Journalists represents another imaginative (and increasingly common, it seems) means to help famously non-joiner journalists exercise their collective, connected intelligence, whether they’re exchanging lessons learned or posting multimedia content for peer review or just a larger audience. Think Assignment Zero, Publish2, Beatblogging, ReportingOn, and developer Dan Schultz’s desire “to find a way to give journalists a special place in the content judging process without losing a sense of democracy” for other takes on how to bring journalists together to leverage their curiosity and news judgment.

If journalists adapt these new methods and tools (and whatever their next-generation counterparts will be) and make them their own, then it seems what we may soon be talking about is a globally distributed swarm of journalists. Is it possible that this would mean—in the best of scenarios—that our watchdogs and truth tellers could be everywhere at once?

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