On the horizon

Community Media Lab Ideas

BlogTalk Radio hosts: Multimedia journalists hosting podcasts with local leaders and people of interest, with ability to take call-ins and moderate a chat room during 30-minute shows. Also, opportunity for entertainment/personality talk shows, sports talk, specific topics. (Tools: BlogTalkRadio.com and ipadio.com. Audacity for editing audio.)

Videographer teams: Use of Flip cams to gather interviews and “B” roll of breaking news, live news events, feature pieces, events coverage and or weekly shows (talk show, cooking show, local arts/entertainment show, how-to shows, etc.). (Tools: iMovie, Ustream)

Social media teams: Promote work of the media lab, interact with audience, crowdsource future projects and story leads, use Twitter as a newswire, and recruit more members for the lab. (Tools: Facebook, Twitter, NewHive, Google+, Hoot Suite, Listorious, Tweetbeep, Tweetscan, askTwitr)

Photographers: Create photo slideshows and sound slideshows capturing and using the audience’s voice to share images and stories chronicling community events. (Tools: Google Voice, Evernote, iMovie, Audacity, Capzles, Flickr, BigHugeLabs, PhotoPeach)

Bloggers: Community bloggers writing topical and issue-oriented blogs that can be repurposed and promoted in print. Both blogger and Digital First Media will promote on social media. (Tools: Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous, Movable Type, Live Journal)

Live chats: Organize, set up and moderate live chats with local leaders and experts and on interesting subjects. Work with social media team to promote. (Tools: ScribbleLive, CoverItLive, Twitter, Google+ Chat Room, Skype, NewHive)

Trainers: Train community members and local organizations to establish individual blogs, create photo slideshows, shoot and produce video, produce and package content to share with media. Create presentations. (Tools: Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Capzles, Flickr, Capzles, iMovie, Google Docs, PowerPoint, Prezi)

Interactive media teams: Create databases, polls, maps, timelines and info graphics to complement online content. (Tools: GeoCommons, SurveyMonkey, Caspio, Scribd, ManyEyes, Dipity)

Interns: Paired up with individual reporters, who will serve as mentors. Interns to help conduct research, report, produce video and/or audio, assist in crowdsourcing, promoting content and working with Community Media Labbers to develop multimedia components to complement work.

Citizen journos team: Community members interested in covering government meetings, writing features, writing columns and community news will be trained and encouraged to contribute to our website, publication and their own blogs.

Table of Contents

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Blogging Information November 22, 2013 3:12 PM Michelle R.
Connect with us on social media April 19, 2013 2:39 PM Michelle R.
On the horizon April 19, 2013 1:48 PM Michelle R.
About Southeast Michigan Media Lab in Ypsilanti at SPARK-East April 19, 2013 1:51 PM Michelle R.

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