Melissa Ulbricht

by Melissa Ulbricht

The Mobile Security Survival Guide for Journalists from SaferMobile helps reporters better understand the risks inherent in the use of mobile technology. The guide covers both local journalists and those on assignment in another country. As someone working with sensitive information, mobile communications are inherently insecure and expose journalists working in sensitive environments to risks [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

In Syria, many activists and citizen journalists fill a media void and contribute to the global conversation on the uprising there by capturing and sharing their own footage. They’re organized, trained, smart, strategic, and promote media — much of it mobile — with a purpose. Demonstrators gather in Banias, Syria. Mass demonstrations and state violence [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

In the Horn of Africa, Somalia makes headlines, but often only because of drought, famine, crisis and insecurity. Al Jazeera launched Somalia Speaks to help amplify stories from people and their everyday lives in the region — all via SMS. Somalia Speaks is a collaboration between Souktel, a Palestinian-based organization providing SMS messaging services, Ushahidi, [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

MobileActive recently posted a call for guest posts on its site. A version of this guest post, which was written by Janet Gunter, originally appeared on MobileActive.org’s Mobile Media Toolkit blog. MobileActive chose to highlight this piece because it demonstrates how a free newspaper in Mozambique is using mobile tech to inform and engage readers, [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

In Uganda, where many lack access to the Internet, people can engage with local radio stations to make informed choices and hold their leaders accountable. Using SMS and a new tool, TRAC FM, listeners can respond to poll questions such as: What service delivery should be a priority: health care, education, security, sanitation or transport? [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Drumroll, please! MobileActive.org is pleased to introduce the Mobile Media Toolkit, the newest project that’s all about Making Media Mobile. The Mobile Media Toolkit helps you make sense of the growing role of mobile tech in media. The Toolkit provides how-to guides, wireless tools, and case studies on how mobile phones can (and are) being [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

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 HIP called 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 HIP is [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Activists, rights defenders and journalists use mobile devices and communications for reporting, organizing, mobilizing and documenting. Mobile gadgets provide countless benefits — relatively low cost, increased efficiencies, vast reach — but they also present specific risks. Mobile communication is inherently insecure and exposes you to risks that aren’t easy to detect or overcome. SaferMobile is [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Armed with a few Kodak Zi8 cameras, six HTC Wildfire mobile phones and expertise in training citizen journalists, Small World News is working to share stories from embattled Libya with the larger world. Small World News is on the ground in Benghazi training Libyans to capture and tell video stories of events in this volatile [...] more »

by Melissa Ulbricht

Prabhas Pokharel contributed research and writing to this post. In a previous Idea Lab post, we described how to add location information to mobile content, including images and stories. For some reports, location information adds value, context, and interest to venue-specific reports. But today, we talk about how to remove that same location information. This [...] more »