Tag: politics

by Steven Clift

My focus tends to be the “citizen” in citizen media. Over the last few years I’ve increasing found myself at conferences like Public Media and the Online News Association. I always feel a bit out of place, because despite the adoption of online interactivity in online news and media, I am still pretty much viewed [...] more »

by Benjamin Melançon

This is old news, I know. Various political forums mentioned the “Obama is a MUSLIM” e-mail smear campaign more than a month ago. But when I read about it, my understanding was this hatemongering and lying – or at least the lying – had been laid to rest. But then the e-mail was forwarded to [...] more »

by Steven Clift

While the mainstream media community raises awareness about open government each year during Sunshine Week, we need to push local up strategies that promote greater government transparency online so local citizen media has access to the raw “info” materials we need to improve democracy. We need to take a lesson from OMBWatch’s Open Government online [...] more »

by Geoff Dougherty

What with the nonstop drumbeat of presidential campaign news these days, it’s easy to forget that we’ve actually got some other elections coming up. On Feb. 5, primary voters in Chicago will cast ballots for ward committee leaders, the county’s chief prosecutor and a slew of other positions. From my point of view this is [...] more »

by Ian V. Rowe

We’re excited to share the below announcement of our work with the Knight Foundation, and now Associated Press! MTV TAPS 51 STATE-BASED CITIZEN JOURNALISTS FOR “CHOOSE OR LOSE ’08” AP Online Video Network & Top Mobile Carriers to Distribute Weekly “Street Team ’08” Reports Knight Foundation Grant Helps Power Mobile Media Election Coverage Experiment December [...] more »

by Steven Clift

As I noted in my IdeaLab introduction, my background is in online citizen engagement. Specifically, I run a non-profit, E-Democracy.Org, that promotes both government and media accountability at the local level through online town halls we call Issues Forums. (Note our Minneapolis discussion of changes at the StarTribune here and here.) In the mid-90’s I [...] more »

by Benjamin Melançon

We can make some easy progress defining news by instead listing what’s not news. Paul Krugman interviewed by Rory O’Connor: several major parts of the news media that are for all practical purposes part of “movement conservatism” — Fox News, the New York Post, the Washington Times — and […] other news organizations are intimidated, [...] more »

by Steven Clift

On my Democracies Online blog I shared my dismay about the so-called online candidate debates thus far this election cycle. With E-Democracy.Org we hosted the first online candidate debate back in 1994, so I am looking for innovations that involve the public in determining the questions and would be satisfied without real candidate rebuttals online. [...] more »

by Ian V. Rowe

We listened. More than any time in human history, young people have more tools at their avail to consume – and create – information on the issues that are most relevant to them. So to figure out exactly what MTV’s approach would be to truly engage young people aged 18-30 during this Presidential election cycle [...] more »

by Gail Robinson

One reason Gotham Gazette has long been intrigued by the idea of so-called serious games is that they offer another way to tell a story. And the more methods one uses to tell a story, the more people will read (or hear, or watch, or play) that story. As a site on NYC policy and [...] more »