Tag: oakland

by Rodrigo Davies

Last week the emergence of three separate crowdfunding campaigns for private security patrols in Oakland’s Lower Rockridge and Uplands neighborhoods provoked a lot of debate and criticism. For some people, it was a clear example of crowdfunding crossing a line. Not a line of good taste or judicial process as we’ve seen before, but the [...] more »

by David Sasaki

2008 was the year of aggregating data related to local communities and displaying that information on maps. Knight News Challenge grantee EveryBlock, for example, labored to convince city governments to make their data more open and accessible, and then created a beautiful map interface to display what is happening where in real time. Map of [...] more »

by Ryan Sholin

Bit of a busy couple weeks for those watching the newspaper business. The presses stopped at the Rocky and the P-I, Clay Shirky and Steven B. Johnson took turns penning big think pieces about the Future of News(papers), and — good news — the San Diego Union-Tribune looks like it will sell to a private [...] more »

by David Cohn

Spot.Us has just had one of its most exciting weeks chalk full of successes and failures. The most interesting lesson is related to the Oscar Grant shooting in Oakland California. It is a tragic event that occurred where a Bart police officer shot and killed a young man. The entire event, caught on camera, has [...] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

By now almost everyone knows that a group of demonstrators protesting against the killing of a young father by a transit officer splintered off and began a wave of destruction in downtown Oakland. Mainstream media outlets called it everything from a riot to a violent protest. Some bloggers referred to it as a civil unrest, [...] more »

by Lisa Williams

My friend and fellow citizen-journalism thinker Amy Gahran once asked, "Was Zapruder a journalist?" Zapruder’s home-movie camera captured the famous footage of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, TX. If your answer to that question is yes, then there were an untold number of journalists on the Oakland BART train platform [...] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

A big concern we had when we started our Remembering 7th Street video game project was how older people who lived and worked on Oakland’s 7th Street in the 1940s and 1950s and frequented the jazz and blues clubs there would react to our virtual world rendition of it. Would it look like what they [...] more »

by Paul Grabowicz

Can new technologies be used to tell old stories about a local community? That’s the question we’re trying to answer with our “Remembering 7th Street” project that uses a video game to tell the story of Oakland, California’s old jazz and blues club scene. During the 1940s and 1950s, Oakland’s 7th Street was a vibrant [...] more »