Small Screen, Big Picture: Jasmine News and SMS News Delivery in Sri Lanka

In 2006, Jasmine News began sending SMS news headlines to subscribers in Sri Lanka, the first to do so in the country. Today, the service sends 60 to 90 messages a month to 170,000 subscribers, who pay Rs.30 per month ($0.30) for the service. Jasmine News provides brief news headlines sent via SMS on general… Continue reading Small Screen, Big Picture: Jasmine News and SMS News Delivery in Sri Lanka

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Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile

In Afghanistan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is three months into an interactive SMS service that allows listeners to access content and participate in the program via mobile phone. Through the interactive SMS service, Radio Azadi is now able to both send and receive SMS messages from subscribers. As a news organization, the main goal… Continue reading Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile

Press One for Freedom Fone, Press Two for Farm Radio: How Stations Use Integrated Voice Response

Two years ago, Bev Clark, the co-founder of Kubatana.net, was awarded a large grant as part of the Knight News Challenge for Freedom Fone, an open-source software platform for distributing news and information through interactive voice response (IVR) technology.  Freedom Fone was officially launched in late February of this year and has since been downloaded about… Continue reading Press One for Freedom Fone, Press Two for Farm Radio: How Stations Use Integrated Voice Response

Mobile Mahaal: Making Radio More Interactive in Afghanistan

A lot is happening right now with media development in Afghanistan. A project between iMedia Associates and Media Support Partnership Afghanistan (MSPA) aims to enhance the interactivity and access of audio news programs via mobile phone. Users call in to a local short code, hang up, then receive a call back and can navigate and listen to top news… Continue reading Mobile Mahaal: Making Radio More Interactive in Afghanistan

Lessons on Teaching Mobile Reporting from the Voices of Africa Media Foundation

In 2009, we wrote this case study about the Voices of Africa Media Foundation. Since then, the organization has taken a new approach. We hear from Pim de Wit, director of the foundation, about lessons learned along the way in teaching mobile reporting. The key is coaching after training and ensuring greater sustainability by showing reporters how… Continue reading Lessons on Teaching Mobile Reporting from the Voices of Africa Media Foundation

If You Build It, They Will Come: SeenReport and Mobile Citizen Journalism in Pakistan

The devastating floods in Pakistan have been covered by trained reporters and mainstream media outlets around the world. Citizens, often on the front lines of the flood, have also been contributing thousands of reports though mobile phones, in part enabled by the citizen journalism service SeenReport. SeenReport (from “see ‘n report”) is a citizen journalism service… Continue reading If You Build It, They Will Come: SeenReport and Mobile Citizen Journalism in Pakistan

From Bollywood to BBC, Bubbly is a Voice in the Audio Blogging World

Bubble Motion, a provider of mobile messaging and social media applications, launched Bubbly this year in India, making strides in the mobile audio blogging world. Audio blogging is a form of blogging in which the medium is audio content. Bubbly works by call and record, and thus can be adapted in areas with high mobile… Continue reading From Bollywood to BBC, Bubbly is a Voice in the Audio Blogging World

Beyond the Demographic: How Sourcing Through Texting Connects Journalists and Citizens in Detroit

"Sourcing through Texting" provides a way to connect citizens with journalists via mobile phones. It allows people to communicate with journalists by sending tips or information via text message in response to story topics or specific questions. If a large truck illegally barrels through a neighborhood and no reporters are around to see it, does… Continue reading Beyond the Demographic: How Sourcing Through Texting Connects Journalists and Citizens in Detroit

Bad Services? Holding Officials Accountable with SMS, Radio, and TRAC FM

With guidance from Text to Change and in partnership with local media organizations, TRAC FM provides citizens in Uganda with a platform to monitor, scrutinize, and discuss public service issues via SMS, radio, and online data visualizations. It does this via the TRAC FM software, a tool for Ugandan radio stations that is built on… Continue reading Bad Services? Holding Officials Accountable with SMS, Radio, and TRAC FM

Cheaper and Easier Remittances in the Americas? Try Boom Mobile Banking

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Feb 07, 2012. When it comes to mobile money, the hype is on. There are more and more mobile money services in an increasing number of countries. Success is highly dependent on myriad factors, including reach, reliability, user retention, ease of use, the availability of agents, number of customers,  mobile infrastructure,… Continue reading Cheaper and Easier Remittances in the Americas? Try Boom Mobile Banking