New media helped connect in the aid and recovery effort following last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti, but radio remained the most effective communications tool, though it proved even more effective in partnership with some of those new technologies.
That is according to a just-released report from the Knight Foundation. Read more »
Interactive maps and SMS (Short Message Service) texts helped guide search-and-rescue teams and find people in need of critical supplies, as the Caribbean nation became a real-world laboratory for new communication tools. Read more »
The Knight Foundation released a report today detailing how technology was employed in the aftermath of last year's earthquake in Haiti. The infographic above summarizes some of the key areas, but there's a full report available, too. Read more »
New digital-mapping tools helped rescuers locate trapped families. The Red Cross used cell phone text messages to raise millions of dollars within hours. Online crowd-sourcing services allowed humanitarian groups to rapidly compile and translate vital messages about conditions in remote areas.
While these tales were inspirational, the evidence was largely anecdotal. The question remained: How much impact did these tools have? Read more »
The mapping of Korogocho, an area with about 200,000 people, is meant to make it easier to identify streets, key structures and landmarks that were previously not mapped onto Google Maps.
“One of the things we spend a lot of time thinking about at Google is how we can make the world’s information more accessible and useful to people all over the globe. This includes providing rich local geographic data because a huge number of search queries have a geographic component,” said Joe Mucheru, Google’s sub-Saharan Africa leader. Read more »
“It is the first time for my community to have a referendum so it is important for them to be educated and well informed of the steps that they will need to follow,” says Nhomlaau FM reporter, James Keer Noon. “If they understand the forthcoming referendum well, then they will be able to make the right decision either to vote for unity or separation.” Read more »
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 120,000 people have arrived in Southern Sudan since the beginning of November 2010, drawn by fears about their citizenship rights in a divided Sudan and longing for a better life at home. Read more »
The press center, equipped with high speed internet and satellite TV, will help international journalists overcome the considerable logistical challenges to reporting from Haiti one year after the earthquake. Read more »
Gaitho says the indictment of a journalist by the International Criminal Court (ICC) might cause some to pass judgment on the Kenyan media as a whole. “Not so,” says Gaitho, “it’s the indictment of an individual journalist.”
For Henry Maina, East Africa Director of Article XIX, a human rights group campaigning for freedom of expression, it is a moment the media should seize to concretize plans for better self-regulation. Read more »
“This is my first front-page story on climate in a year,” said Margot Roosevelt, one of this year’s Earth Journalism Fellows –10 journalists from the United States who joined 31 CCMP Fellows from the developing world in Cancun. Roosevelt produced two front-page stories for the LA Times from Cancun, along with a story on the front page of the business section. Read more »