Anne-Ryan Heatwole

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

A simple text message can have a big impact. Mobile giving makes it easy to donate almost instantaneously after disaster strikes — users authorize a mobile donation by texting a keyword to a specific short code, and the donation is then billed to the donor’s mobile phone bill, eventually ending up with the nonprofit of [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

From January 9 to 15, Southern Sudan held a referendum to decide if the region should become an independent state. Although results have not yet officially been announced, estimates indicate that the referendum will pass with an overwhelming number of pro-independence votes. (Read MediaShift’s recent report from Simon Roughneen on the ground in Sudan.) It’s [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

In Grahamstown, South Africa, getting and sharing news is a mobile experience. Grocott’s Mail, a local paper, incorporates mobile phones into many aspects of its news service — from disseminating headlines via SMS, to encouraging readers to text in their opinions and making it a part of a Knight News Challenge-winning citizen journalist training program. [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

Those of us at MobileActive have written before about mobile giving during disasters, and the dramatic results these campaigns can have. But mobile giving can also be used for non disaster-related fundraising drives, and the popular public radio show “This American Life” is one of the latest organizations to embrace this trend. The weekly radio [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

Many news organizations use SMS to send out news alerts, but the Namibian, a daily paper in Namibia, has set up pages in its print edition and on its website to publish text-message letters to the editor submitted by readers. The Namibian is an independent newspaper with newsstand sales of 27,000 a day (with an [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

One call can bring news to hundreds in rural villages in India. Gaon Ki Awaaz, which means “Village Voice” in the Avhadi language, sends out twice-daily news calls to subscribers directly over their mobile phones. Launched in December 2009, the project recently expanded to 250 subscribers spread over 20 villages. What Does Gaon Ki Awaaz [...] more »

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

In July 2009, The Media Consortium published Tony Deifell’s The Big Thaw — Charting a New Future for Journalism. The comprehensive review not only examines the current state of journalism, but also maps out potential ways the media can adapt for the future. Written in three volumes (“Dissonance and Opportunity,” “New and Emerging Realities” and [...] more »