Hope You Like Journalism Jammin', Too


This weekend, September 21-23, Columbia University's freeculture chapter will be hosting an OLPC Journalism Jam as a part of the OLPC's (indian) summer of content

We're looking for journalists and journalism students, techies with an interest in content management systems and online newspapers, graphic and layout designers, and education students with an interest in writing to join us to create:
  1. A single edition of a online newspaper
  2. A bundle of the open source tools you need to publish one
  3. An open content how-to guide for groups of kids who want to start their own paper
We're looking to do all this in a single weekend. After the Jam, we'll publish our results to the web under Creative Commons licenses so that other groups can benefit from our work. Participation is free. Care to join us?
Word on college walk is that some legendary radical lawyers will be making guest appearances on Friday, and I was invited to remix my Portable Culture Machine's presentation to help break up the coding sessions on Saturday.

Listening to Eben Moglen speak about the importance of the OLPC project may help you understand why I have faith in OLPC Miracles (faith in the sense of commitment, not in the sense Pat Robertson uses it).

I saw Moglen's inspirational keynote at PloneCon '06, where he spoke about Software and Community in the Early 21st Century (and spotlighted the OLPC project) - the crowd of 350 developers gave him a standing ovation, and he literally brought a few members of the audience to tears.

So if you're in NYC this weekend come on out and let's jam!

We're jammin' - To think that jammin' was a thing of the past;
We're jammin', And I hope this jam is gonna last.

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Sounds like the Journalism Jam was a great success from this week's Community News:

Journalism Jam New York: Last weekend's journalism jam included presentations by Eben Moglen and Susan Crawford; with coordination from Brendan Ballou and help from Lauren Klein, Danny Clark, and a team of high school testers, it came off smoothly.

The result was a working prototype activity for recording and blogging articles, and some guidelines for how to write a good article and how to present it to an audience http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Report

Dan Sutera, who worked on the project, has offered to maintain it and turn it into something that will scale to thousands of schools.


More community journalism news from the OLPC weekly update:

The Report activity has been updated, see http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Report ; Dan Sutera and his team have put together a Knight Foundation grant to support making it a scalable platform for local and regional news. They now have the site http://www.xotimes.org set up as the global overview of news reported with the activity.