An afternoon in occupied Hebron
Here's a 22-minute video of Hebron, the history-rich ancient city in the West Bank that is now a source of conflict between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, with Israeli security forces placed squarely in the middle.
I took out an afternoon during the weeklong Traveling Geeks trip in April 2008 to visit the West Bank. Serving as tour guide was Mikhael Manekin, co-founder of Breaking the Silence, a human rights group made up of former Israeli soldiers who participated in the occupation. Accompanying Mikhael and me was Naomi Schacter, director of development of Shatil.
The documentary short offers a fascinating glimpse into the obstacles that many Palestinians face in their day-to-day lives under Israeli occupation. This work of citizen journalism serves to throw a spotlight on what's happening; fashioning a solution is much more complicated.
I set off for this highly unusual personal tour (Manekin usually takes busloads of 30 Israelis, not a lone independent U.S. journalist) with just a Samsung palmcorder, with no lights, no wind guard and no spare battery pack, so I captured as much as I could in 90 minutes of footage, edited down to:
Part 1: A drive through the occupied territories (19 minutes)
On Vimeo (Flash)
On Ourmedia (H. 264 QuickTime)
Part 2: Occupation 101: Hebron (22 minutes)
On Vimeo (embedded above)
On Ourmedia (H.264 QuickTime)
Cross-posted to Socialmedia.biz
California Women for Obama
On Thursday night I attended a political gathering, sponsored by the group Good Ol' Girls, at the Blue Space art gallery in San Francisco. Speakers from the campaigns of three candidates for president — Phil Ting, co-chair, California Asian Pacific Islanders for Hillary Clinton; Jeff Soukup, California co-chair of the John Edwards campaign, and a spokesperson for Barack Obama — gave short presentations to a crowd of about 30 women, and then answered questions.
Here's a 6-minute video of the talk given by Margaret Richardson, director of California Women for Obama.
Sari Gelser on Truthout.org
At Pixelodeon last month I had a chance to chat with Sari Gelser, news editor of Truthout.org, a distributed citizen news network that's doing important work.
Debra Galant on Baristanet.com
A little while back I interviewed Debbie Galant, editor and co-founder of the North Jersey publication Baristanet.com, one of the most successful of the 800-plus citizen media sites in the nation. They're pulling in close to six figures a year, and Debbie tells how they've achieved that level of success while adhering to principles of journalism in this 28-minute video interview.
The video is part of the Center for Citizen Media's Principles of Citizen Journalism project. It's one of the most thorough citizen media interviews I've seen anywhere.
Quote: "We own up to making a mistake, and that's part of the process of being edited by your readers."
Related: The Independence in Journalism video that Laura Lo Forti and I worked on for the Center for Citizen Media.
JD Lasica on citizen reporting
I just got back from a great five-day trip to Seoul, South Korea, where I participated in the International Citizen Reporters' Forum put on by the South Korean citizen news site OhmyNews. Here's a short video I made there on Muuido Hanagae Beach of Muui Island. (Ourmedia page | watch video)
Jo Twist on the BBC and citizen journalism
Jo Twist, when she was still a BBC technology reporter, discusses the citizens media revolution and the BBC's role in promoting citizen journalism.
Jarah Euston on FresnoFamous
Jarah Euston talks about her citizen journalism site, FresnoFamous.
Courtney Lowery: citizen journalism needs a new name
Courtney Lowery, managing editor of New West, talks about citizen journalism and BlogHer.
Tags: Courtney Lowery, BlogHer, blogging, New West, media, citizen journalism
Chris Nolan on participatory journalism
Chris Nolan, who blogs at Spot On, discusses participatory media at KRON-4 TV's studios, during a bloggers meet-up June 12, 2005, in San Francisco.