Saturday, March 1, 2008

Native Voices, WDBX, & Citizen's Media Resources

Host of "Native Voices" John Rivera interviews Kathryn Ward about blogging, Rising Voices, and Nari Jibon Project. Sandy Rosencrans photo.

From 2 March 2008, Native Voices radio program on WDBX, Carbondale, IL, USA, here are some of the discussed resources and blogsites (late night posting of a blogging amateur--check back for updates and more links).

Blogs are more simplified versions of websites, where bloggers can post their stories, thoughts, recipes, perspectives, pictures, slideshows, music, and/or videos. They can hyperlink to other blogs, stories and sources so that readers can go to these sources and other blogs. Readers can comment and respond. Many blogging platforms are 'free' such as Blogger (from Google), Word Press, and/or open source and link to photo and video sites (such as Flicker, Photobucket, Youtube, Bliptv, too. Increasingly, many languages are used in blogs. Finally readers can organize their blogs and searches through labels and tags in their own and other blogs.

Readers-bloggers can learn about updates on blogs through RSS feeds (really simple syndication) and subscribing to their favorite blogs, newspapers, and other sources through readers such as Google, Fireburner, My Yahoo, Bloglines, among others. Or they can look at what other blogs their favorite bloggers are reading-linking.

Readers can also bookmark their favorite blog posts through other sites-aggregators (more explanation soon on this) so that their friends and other can see what's being read, popular, etc.

Global Voices from their website: "Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online - shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard."

Global Voices groups post by geographic regions and topics.

Rising Voices projects blogsite "Rising Voices aims to extend the benefits and reach of citizen media by connecting online media activists around the world and supporting their best ideas." Rising Voices blogsite gives description and reports-posts on the first five small grant blogging projects, resource guides on tools of citizen media, such as an introductory guide to citizens' media (available for download in English, Spanish, and Bangla), and expanding 'the international conversation. A new round of request for grant proposals will appear on the Rising Voices website later this summer.

The five first wave grants included Voces Bolivianas with Spanish. Aymara, and English posts-videos; participants had their own blogs, in particular, Aymara-Spanish blogger, Cristina Quisbert who also blogs at Bolivia Indigena

and Hiperbarrio (Colombia) with Spanish and English posts-videos
Nari Jibon Project blogs(Bangladesh) in English and Bangla
Neighborhood Diaries (Kolkata India), English
TBCS Think Build Change (Sierra Leone), English

Five new blogging groups include projects in Madagascar--environmentalists in English, French, and Malagasy--including their incredible video coverage of a recent hurricane (FOKO), Jamaica (Prison Diaries), Kenya (Repacted) Uruguay ( OLPC one laptop per child) Iran (in progress).


Many other blogs exist on topics of interest to Native Voice listeners. Hopefully, soon Native Voices WDBX host John Rivera will have his own blog!

The Migrant Technology Center in Cobden, IL, just came on-line with their own blog, TechnoCentro. Please check back as they add more on their activities and students' stories and photos.

This is just a small list of blogs....that I often read and use in my classes and for my own education

Native American Netroots a forum for Native American issues
Pretty Bird Woman House a women's shelter-education program at Standing Rock Reservation--this shelter burned down in 2007 and through blog stories/appeals raised $70,000+ to rebuild their shelter. See their story here and at Native American Netroots.
Migra Matters progressive immigration reform
Race Wire the blog of Colorlines magazine
Culturekitchen dissent served fresh daily
New America Media expanding news lens through ethnic media
The Unapologetic Mexican need I say more? incredible graphics-analysis
Citizen Orange prosocial justice-immigration
La Chola brown feminist power
WOC Ph.D most recently has included profiles of powerful women academics-activist of color--Asian, African-American, Native American among others.

Most newspapers have their own check the listings for your favorite newspapers, magazines, etc. as well as most social justice organizations.

Finally you can also access many radio-media sources via the web and streaming content such as WDBX 91.1, streaming url

Or favorite artists' websites/blogs, for example, John Rivera's recent guest, Robert Mirabal, Taos Pueblo or one of John's favorites, Joy Harjo Eagle

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