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Leaving the Sentinel: 5 things I have learned about faciliatating community-led media


Having spoken at a few conferences recently about the impact of social media and community-led media in terms of community engagement, I have been meaning to write this post for a while – especially as I’ve been talking specifically about method and approach to developing community based media outfit – and – several people have been in touch about how…

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Project: Update on Wester Hailes #digitalsentinel community reporter taster sessions


Over the last few months through my freelance community media development role at WHALE Arts in Edinburgh, I’ve been facilitating several community media ‘taster’ sessions in Wester Hailes for the development of the Digital Sentinel, a community-ran local news agency. I have been in this role with WHALE since October last year, having developed a ethical media policy and timeline for developing and…

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The Pandora’s Box of Social Media and Community Media Practice


Introduction This is a blog post of two parts and two projects. This will be my way of working things out (at least for a while) as I embark on a career of being self-employed as a researcher and a practitioner (whatever that means, somebody who does stuff?). I hope that through describing and reflecting on my week I will…

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Reflection: Education for the crisis? Notes from #e4c, 29th March


This blog post has been burning in my head since last week, feeling (rightly so) equally troubled, inspired and generally itchy about the whole subject area so excuse me if I get all ramble-y in places, I’m still working this out in my own head. Last week I was invited along (with around 40 others) to be part of a…

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Project: Help Me Investigate the Olympics #media2012


Through the work that I have been doing at Birmingham City University and collaboration with Paul Bradshaw on the Online Journalism and Alternative Media module, we have launched a new Help Me Investigate site focusing on the Olympic Games, to provide support, help and resources for people exploring critical aspects of the mega events. Along with Paul, I’ll be curating…

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New Research Article: Anti-Olympic Protest and the British Library


Back in October I was asked by Gill Ridgley from the British Library to contribute a short article relating to social media and the Olympic Games for their special-issue website for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The article “Occupying the Olympic Games: Resisting 2012” has now been published on (a newly prepared) section on anti-olympic protests on the British Library…

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