The proverbial glass ceiling has long been in the way of women’s upward movement within the public sphere, including in media institutions. How have women overcome the limitations of access and opportunity of the conventional media structures by increasingly and innovatively engaging with online media platforms and spaces? The Sri Lankan chapter of South Asian … Continue reading Panel Discussion: Women’s Engagement with New Media
Image courtesy The Telegraph I first wrote about the purported abduction of Amina Abdallah Arraf The ‘abduction’ of a gay activist in Syria: A cautionary tale for media. In what can only be called a bizarre twist, the author of A Gay Girl in Damascus turns out to be a Tom MacMaster, an American 40-year-old graduate student. The New York's Times … Continue reading A ‘gay girl in Damascus’ is actually a callous white American man
One or two years ago my friend Tarika Wickremeratne delivered a presentation on blogging to a group of female journalists in Sri Lanka that I had spoken to previously. I champion blogging in Sri Lanka for many reasons, and the empowerment of women being one of them. Over the past 10 years I have spoken to … Continue reading Blogging as a journalist, woman and individual in Sri Lanka
Ayubowan, a blog I didn't know of before, helpfully posted a screen grab of a post from Gossip Lanka, a blog I also didn't know of before, on the recent arrest of a 'blogger' in Sri Lanka that had many concerned. Gossip Lanka's post is in Sinhala and doesn't render at all on my Mac, … Continue reading The arrest of the ‘blogger’ in Sri Lanka: Crowd-sourcing trumps traditional media follow up
Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2009 report is out, and as in previous years, makes for interesting reading. The findings help dispel somewhat the commonly held perception that those with the most influence online are 'ordinary citizens', when in fact many, as in Sri Lanka, come from privileged backgrounds. Importantly, this would not be the … Continue reading State of the blogosphere in 2009
Echoing a post just three days ago on the Daily Mirror's plagiarism, this post on Chuls Bits & Pics blog does not come as a surprise. The author notes that the photo accompanying the story on the Sunday Times here was published without any attribution. As the author notes, Infuriating was a mild term to … Continue reading Plaigarising our content: How should bloggers respond?
Available as a PDF in English, Sinhala and Tamil. Also see emphasis on Internet freedom and respecting blogger's rights here. ~ On the Occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedomand Social Responsibility (“Declaration”), we, the undersigned: Reaffirming our commitment to the principles and values articulated in the Declaration, and to … Continue reading Full text: Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility, October 2008
There are a number of questions being asked as to why Indian über-geek and guru extrodinaire N.R. Narayana Murthy decided to withdraw from being the personal advisor to our President on IT matters due to 'personal reasons'. All is not lost. Given our close ties with Iran the President is well advised to get Iranian … Continue reading Why Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be Mahinda Rajapakse’s IT advisor
Indi and Dinidu are two examples of bloggers who transition easily, and arguably effectively, between new and mainstream print media. Indi's just taken up a column in the Sunday Leader (as I have, more anon) and Dinidu was formerly with the Daily Mirror, helping them inter alia to set up a Twitter feed. Both write … Continue reading Mainstream bloggers?
Background paper to a workshop on Citizen Journalism I'm organising in the near future. Full paper with references as a PDF from here. Many less radical institutions - governments, NGOs, think tanks - are struggling to address the same challenge, unable to respond to the rapidly shifting balance of power between the individual and the … Continue reading Internet and Web based Citizen Journalism in Sri Lanka