From Somalia to the UK, 24-Hour News Coverage via Mobile

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Sep 02, 2011. Somalia is suffering through its worst drought in 60 years, and people are fleeing the famine and conflict. A large number of Somalians already live in diasporas across Africa, Europe, and North America. A new service from Voice of America’s Somalia Service and AudioNow makes it easier for Somalians in the United Kingdom to… Continue reading From Somalia to the UK, 24-Hour News Coverage via Mobile

In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jun 01, 2011. For the largest civil society media platform in Tanzania, back talk is good. In fact, talking back is the objective of a new service at Femina HIPcalled Speak Up! The service aims to increase access of marginalized youth and rural communities and promote a participatory, user-driven media scene in Tanzania. Femina… Continue reading In Tanzania Media, Speak Up and Be Heard

Covering Protest and Revolution: Lessons from Al Jazeera’s Mobile and Citizen Media

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Mar 02, 2011. Recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya have been on the minds -- and on the screens -- of people around the world. News organizations are covering the events in innovative ways, and people have noticed. More generally, the role of social media itself in protests and revolutions is also being… Continue reading Covering Protest and Revolution: Lessons from Al Jazeera’s Mobile and Citizen Media

Mobile Tech in Community Radio: Still Ad-Hoc and One-Off

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jul 06, 2010. In 2008, Bruce Girard concluded in a MobileActive.org guest post that the addition of text messaging technology into the community radio toolkit was still in its infancy. SMS use at radio stations was informal, he wrote, and the few cases of more complex use of SMS messages accompanied political crisis… Continue reading Mobile Tech in Community Radio: Still Ad-Hoc and One-Off

Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 28, 2011. The radio station WNYC is creating on-air and online stories from two things very familiar to people in the Northeastern United States: mobile phones and snow. A snowstorm over the holidays was the heaviest December snowfall in six decades and dumped up to 20 inches in many parts of New York City.… Continue reading Mapping Snow Via Mobile Phone

Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jan 10, 2011. 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.… Continue reading Radio Azadi in Afghanistan Goes Mobile

From Citizen Reporting to Media Conversation: How an Afghan News Agency Retools Mobile Tech

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Oct 26, 2010 In Afghanistan, a documentary media company and an independent news agency have teamed up to integrate mobile phones and SMS into news reports. From election day text messages to stories of homemade airplanes, one news agency shows how a willingness to adapt mobile platforms to the landscape can… Continue reading From Citizen Reporting to Media Conversation: How an Afghan News Agency Retools Mobile Tech

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

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Sep 01, 2010 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 through mobile phones, in part enabled by the citizen journalism serviceSeenReport. SeenReport (from “see… 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

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Aug 20, 2010 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… Continue reading From Bollywood to BBC, Bubbly is a Voice in the Audio Blogging World

Press 1 for Chickens

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Aug 11, 2010 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… Continue reading Press 1 for Chickens