Two young BBC affiliated journalists undertake the classic North American road trip and create a new model for journalism along the way. BBC Pop-Up is the challenge that Matt Danzico and Benjamin Zand of BBC Video Innovation Lab and BBC Trending, respectively, have given themselves: hit the road, arrive in a new town, investigate the stories that people there feel are important, and disseminate them world-wide on social media. “Crowdsourcing” story ideas in this way gives voice to local concerns, and projecting the reports on Instagram and Twitter makes them global concerns. Danzico and Zand see a future where the World Wide Web is irrelevant and people get their news though social media. In such a future, the kind of concise, relevant and very mobile reporting that BBC Pop Up is now pioneering may be the norm.
Changemakers is an initiative of 'Ashoka: Innovators for the Public'. Self termed a "Community of action" Changemakers collaborate to solve the world’s most pressing social problems through mentoring and by sharing experiences advise and encouragement. They pride themselves on trying things never tried before, forming surprising connections and unexpected partnerships across the globe that turn the old ways of problem solving upside down. The mantra is “Everyone a Changemaker” encourages individuals to make massive differences with the support of the collective.
Committee to Protect Journalists
There have been so many recent cases of journalists being attacked, imprisoned and even murdered that the Committee to Protect Journalists is clearly a much needed voice, one that helps defend freedom of the press by helping to keep journalists safe. Acting as a sort of Amnesty International for journalists, the Committee keeps track (using strict journalistic standards) of imprisoned and missing reporters all over the globe, so that each one’s name and situation is not forgotten. While the CPJ site is certainly a testament to the hazards of reporting the news, (the home page features a grim column of statistics marking the number of journalists killed each year, and the number killed in the Iraq war since it’s beginning), it honors the work of reporters by publishing up to date alerts for infringements on freedom of the press all over the world, and calling for justice for those that pay a price to get the story. More than that, CPJ offers direct assistance, financial and non-financial, to journalists in hiding, in prison, in need of medical attention and other kinds of support, and to help keep reporters safe they publish On Assignment: Covering Conflicts Safely, A Guide for Reporting in Hazardous Situations, a frighteningly comprehensive manual.
Equal Rights Advocates
Sharing an acronym with the groundbreaking Equal Rights Amendment, Equal Rights Advocates has carried on the legal fight for women’s rights since 1974. ERA legal services support women who are up against all kinds of discriminatory practices and harassment, as well as those fighting for a sane balance between work and family. The site features breaking news about equal rights for women and much information about current laws and how they can be enforced. Equal Rights Advocates also offers an advice and counseling hotline, free for women struggling for equal treatment.