June 06, 2008
BY Jackie Bennion
We're launching a new series on the website this week called iWitness. The idea for iWitness grew out of a sense that we wanted to expand our network of voices and to respond more quickly to events in the news, especially situations unfolding in critical regions around the world.
The series will be interview-based and primarily connecting with people over webcam in countries such as Iran, Burma, Pakistan, and other hotspots -- places often difficult to access and report from. We'll be checking in mid story with our regular correspondents, but we will also be connecting directly with activists and artists, doctors and teachers, filmmakers and investigative reporters, even, conceivably, avatars reporting from virtual communities such as Second Life.