Blog: Tomorrow’s News

Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Thu, December 2, 2010
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday unveiled its 122-page report, "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Business and Policymakers." One's initial reaction could easily be, Dudes! What took so long? The...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Tue, November 30, 2010
Tomorrow, December 1, is the deadline for entries to the 2011 Knight News Challenge, Knight Foundation's annual open-call for "innovative ideas that develop platforms, tools and services to inform and transform community news, conversations and...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Tue, November 30, 2010
What to do about WikiLeaks? Its publication, beginning this week, of 251,287 previously confidential cables to and from United States embassies, some of them dating to 1966, many of them classified "secret," represents a watershed moment in the...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Mon, November 15, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- Ashoka fellow Shafqat Munir Ahmad’s organization Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) has educated over 1200 journalist to incorporate social issues into mainstream media. The success of JDHR led Shafqat...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Fri, November 12, 2010
The expression “news literacy” is relatively modern; it’s hard to find mention of it before September 26, 2007, when Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism announced the launch its Center for News Literacy, “designed to educate current and...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Mon, October 25, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- For the past 5 years David Sasaki worked for Global Voices creating a network of bloggers from all corners of the world. He watched the project grow from a small, informal network to an influential media organization...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Fri, October 15, 2010
It's hard to imagine in our a world of constant connectivity. But Ashoka fellow and media entrepreneur Joseph Sekiku works in an entirely different environment -- without running water, without electricity -- in rural Northwest Tanzania. His...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Fri, October 15, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- “Courage is more than endurance, it is the power to create your own life in the face of all that man or God can inflict, so that every day and every night is what you imagine it. Courage makes us dreamers, courage...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Thu, October 7, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- On Tuesday I attended a “Public Media in the Digital Age” panel discussion in Washington D.C.  As the panel debated the pros and cons of digital technology in media, two noteworthy points emerged. The first was...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Fri, October 1, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- On January 12, 2010 an earthquake in Haiti killed 225,000 people and left 1.25 million homeless. These 1.25 million individuals are dispersed around the country in 50 tent camps situated in vulnerable, low-lying...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Mon, September 27, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- During a social gathering at a friend’s apartment the other night, I found myself sitting between two men who both had their attention riveted by...the hand-held screens in front of their faces. An iPhone and a...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Mon, September 27, 2010
In traveling throughout Tanzania for the last few weeks, I've been trying to get a handle on how people here consume information and use mobile phones. I've read plenty from afar about how mobile phones are transforming life in the poorest...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Fri, September 24, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- Earlier today Chiranuch Premchaiporn,  director of the free-speech news website Prachatai, was arrested by Thai police at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport as she returned from a conference about online...
Submitted by Kimberly Coates on Tue, September 21, 2010
Submitted by Kimberly Coates -- An everyone-a-journalist world? A recent blog post argued that soon all media will become social media, that everyone is a reporter waiting to happen, and that every computer screen is a printing press. It's certainly...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Sat, August 7, 2010
It's not advertising. It's not subscriptions. It's not donations. Ashoka fellow Juanita Leon is taking a most unusual funding approach to supporting her online political news site La Silla Vacia. She's created a independent business unit that...