Today’s an important landmark in the evolution of the independent journalism network Contributoria.com.
The tagline’s changed for a start – and we’ve gone into PRINT! Plus there’s a paid membership scheme launched as part of our six month anniversary.
If you want to help us develop this model of funding quality journalism in a sustainable way, you can join up now – find out more on that here.
The full press release, complete with downloadable images, is available here: https://www.contributoria.com/press/20140701
The need for toilets in India (and elsewhere), the challenges for gay men in Africa and the ‘wonder cure’ for world hunger, Soylent. All topics explored in-depth at the June issue of Contributora which is out today.
Given the three month publishing cycle which exists at contributoria.com, the topics writers choose to cover tend to be less about the daily news agenda and much more about global issues and wider concerns.
But this month’s new issue, published online today, has bucked that trend, with many of the articles chiming closely with current news concerns.
For those unfamiliar with the crowdfunded journalism platform I work on, Contributoria.com, the process from journalists proposing a story idea, through to seeking support, and then to publication takes three months and so the stories online today were actually pitched by the writers back in April.
Maybe it’s because there’s been such a focus within the mainstream media on international news in the past few weeks, or perhaps it’s that this month’s theme of the ‘world we want’ tapped into some universal concerns? Whatever the reason, it’s been good to see the articles in the current issue provide some additional insight and focus onto subjects being discussed elsewhere.
Here’s just some of those which resonated with me:
Toilets save lives
As we recoil in horror at the terrible story of the teenage girls gang-raped and hanged in India for want of a toilet , Emma Jayne looks at one of the issues which can mean life and death for women and girls in many parts of the world – access to toilets.
Male rape: The forgotten human rights taboo
With mounting outrage at the very idea that Uganda’s ‘anti-gay’ minister Sam Kuesa could be appointed at the UN, Rich McEachran looks at the reality of being gay and a survivor of child rape in South Africa.
Food hacking and the future of hunger
Karl Hodge decided to look again at Soylent – the ‘nutritionally balanced, total meal replacement in liquid form’ that could hold some hope of a solution for the 842 million people in the world who are classed as “hungry”. These people are undernourished, eating fewer calories a day than the basic physiological minimum required to survive. 98% of these live in developing countries. And if that’s got you wondering what that might taste like, then a couple of days ago The New York Time gave it a taste test.
The full issue for this month’s Contributoria.com can be viewed here. Proposals from writers for the next cycle of publication are now open. If you’ve a story that needs to be told, submit it to the community for consideration here.
Whatever your political viewpoint, the comments on the map are worth a read too. Plenty of people less than impressed with how coverage across all media has played out today
Session by Hannah Storm. Updating notes here.
Director if International News Safety Institute. Former foreign corr.
Focus entire priority on journalism safety for clients such as AlJazeera and Guardian.
Provide advice for journalists on the ground, training and research.
Seen an increase in attacks on journalists in recent months.
Before you go:
Who is responsible?
Always a have a plan.
Be as self-sufficient as possible.
- contacts eg. Networks and unions
A lot of kit!
- all newsrooms should have a plan in place
- worst-case scenario
- different teams to report and manage crisis
- contact details of org that can help.
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Updating notes from presentation by Justin Arenstein.
Apps for Africa looks to build projects which have tangible outputs. Support a range of projects everything from journalism drones to data visualisation, fact-checking sites, reporting apps and map-based story telling.
90 projects live and available for newsrooms to use.
GotToVote project, which cost just a few hundred pounds to build, credited with increased voting levels.
In Kenya a ‘dodgy doctor’ checker which checks against a spreadsheet of qualifications and any cases against them. Very simple tools driven off a spreadsheet. Every time the paper runs a story about a dodgy doc, they embed the tool for people to be able to check their own doctors.
“Databases like this are evergreen. They have an impact by amplifying news.”