At noon today, NPR will be hosting a presentation called “Mobcasting the News: Crowdsourcing, Volunteers and Journalism.” Andy Carvin, who helps direct NPR’s social media initiatives, will provide a brief history of crowdsourcing, and share some innovative ways social technologies are transforming how journalists report the news.
I thought there might be some lessons here for National Geographic, and was planning to attend in person, but then realized Andy’s talk and slides will be available as a live webinar & audio conference.
So I’ll live blog this one from home instead. It’ll save time and avoid a commute into downtown DC. Plus, as a friend at NPR just told me via email: “The great thing about attending virtually is you can leave without being rude.”
Details about the event via NPR:
Mobcasting The News: Crowdsourcing, Volunteers and Journalism, with Andy Carvin
Board Room East
12 noon-1:30pm, Thursday June 18
One of the biggest trends to come out of the Internet in recent years is the concept of crowdsourcing – getting large numbers of people to tackle small tasks and complete a major project in a decentralized way. While the term itself may be new, the idea of crowdsourcing has been around for a long time, and it’s more widespread than you might realize, including in journalism. Andy Carvin of NPR’s social media desk will take you on this tour of the history of crowdsourcing, and explore how the desk has mobilized online communities to capture important stories, from hurricane season to the presidential election.
Andy Carvin is National Public Radio’s senior product manager for online communities. Carvin was the founding editor and former coordinator of the Digital Divide Network, an online community of more than 10,000 Internet activists in over 140 countries working to bridge the digital divide. He is also an active blogger and twitterer among many other activities.
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UPDATE, 3pm: Andy Carvin’s slides are available here. (There were some problems with the audio feed, so I’m not sure if Andy’s voice-over will be available too.)