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

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

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

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

Mobile Audio Recording in the Field (And How to Get a Clear Sound from the Streets)

Posted by MelissaUlbricht on Jun 18, 2010 Your mobile phone is an instant audio-recording and storage device, and it can be used anywhere. This How-To article provides tips for recording and sharing clear-sounding audio from a mobile phone. Often, recording on a handset is done in less-than-ideal environments. This article offers recording tips to help… Continue reading Mobile Audio Recording in the Field (And How to Get a Clear Sound from the Streets)