Blog: Tomorrow’s News

Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Mon, July 26, 2010
Sharad Sharma, an Ashoka fellow that runs an educational comics organization in India, has been traveling through Brazil. He's made a pitstops in Salvador and Recife to run workshops with youth on how to draw comics. He even partnered with Ashoka...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Thu, July 15, 2010
We're testing out Storify, a way of creating stories with content from across the web. It was founded by former Associated Press bureau chief Burt Herman, who has since gone on to found Hacks and Hackers, a community where journalists and...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Thu, June 24, 2010
With an abundance of data and more people authoring content than ever before, what does the bleeding edge of journalism look like? Ashoka's U.S. and News and Knowledge teams brought together a number of leading thinkers in the space to brainstorm...
There were a few key pieces of news over the last month that may herald new opportunities for citizen reporting from mobile phones.  The Developing World: For a long time mobile reporting has been held back in part, because of expensive data...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Mon, June 7, 2010
The social enterprises we fund here at Ashoka aren't for-profit businesses. Yet some are finding some possible roads to sustainability. The key changes we've seen over the last five years have splintered traditional monetization channels....
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Mon, June 7, 2010
[Note: This complements Keith Hammonds' earlier piece on the subject, "Wrestling with Privacy," which you can find here.] As people begin documenting more of their lives digitally, the balance between what we keep private and what we make public is...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Sun, May 23, 2010
The deployment of social media for fast, flexible communications in emergencies has, by now, been well documented. It can be just unbelievably powerful. We’re currently witnessing this in Thailand, where the military this week clashed with Red Shirt...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Fri, May 21, 2010
Read about Global Voices' new grass-roots network for anti-censorship reporting, which takes advantage of the explosion of information communications technology to support the profession of citizen watchdog around human rights issues. One feature: a...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Tue, May 18, 2010
It started as a modest project -- an idea to connect all of the disparate NGOs working on womens issues throughout Turkey through the very simple means of a printed newsletter.  But Halime Guner's Flying Bloom (or Ucan Supurge in Turkish)...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Tue, May 11, 2010
We keep wrestling here at Ashoka with The Privacy Question. Why, just last week, my colleague Kim-Mai Cutler took stock of the rather striking, potentially powerful, sorta scary articulation by Facebook of Open Graph, a map of all people's...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Mon, May 10, 2010
Long after the asphalt and pavement ends, the cellphone networks in Guatemala extend deep into the mountains, and coverage is almost universally accessible. I find this out as my husband and I drive into the town of Todos Santos, in the northwestern...
It's been a painful five years for Ashoka Fellow Saleem Samad, who has just ended his political exile in Canada and returned to his native Bangladesh. The investigative journalist, who wrote a Time magazine article about Afghan militants finding...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Wed, May 5, 2010
"A big event took place last week. It could be one of those events where the gravitational force of the web changes somewhat. The question of its ultimate effects on publishers will remain unanswered for a few years, but there’s little question in...
Submitted by Keith Hammonds on Tue, May 4, 2010
I've meant for a while to flog Tony Deifell's truly excellent three-part report, "The Big Thaw." Comissioned by the Independent Media Consortium, a group of 45 media organizations including Mother Jones and The Nation, The Big Thaw (available as a...
Pau Llop, a Spanish Ashoka fellow, is trying to build a community where professional and citizen journalists can work together. His project Bottup is an open platform where any citizen can create and lead their own information communities on...