Subject: [NYCGA-IWG] Re: [Interocc] Heading into winter
From: Lefty
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 17:09:33 -0800
To: Colin Young
CC: interocc@occupyeverywhere.org

On Nov 7, 2011, at 12:06 PM, Colin Young wrote:

On the one hand is established media who conveniently disappear at the most critical moments and don't look closely enough at events like Oakland… On the other hand we have the raw live feeds… What coverage does exist that takes a moment for analysis and contextualizes the imagery is usually borrowed from what few professional networks allow such programming (RT, Countdown, etc).

Agreed.

    I would like to help promote a framework for media going forward….  As well, a disciplined method of live coverage should also be encouraged….

I don't think there's any way to control this easily. Individual Occupations have to instill a degree of discipline in folks if they can. I don't believe that the folks in the Occupation best-equipped to cover the news from the Occupation's side are either great in number, or terribly well-funded.

What the movement probably _does_ have is a number of folks with the level of expertise and the technical chops that can be used to put what's made available into a broader context. This, by itself, might help raise the level of the raw content we'd get, if we were able to do a competent job at it.

I would hope to build a team that would include, logistics willing:
-Dedicated presenters offering context to the imagery.
-Researchers monitoring activity on social networks and other sources.
-Writers for website text articles and on-air dialogue.
-Technicians recording, producing programs and coordinating live event coverage.
-Observers on the ground feeding information up to the "studio," possibly including live remote spot reports from 4G devices whose feeds will patch into the main broadcast.

Yeah, this is a reasonable basic set-up. As I suggested, I suspect the tough part is going to be enlisting your on-the-ground "stringers".

    Many of these tasks can be done asynchronously and remotely through various electronic mail and messaging systems.  In some cases, a range of functions might be handled by a single participant.  A summary of interesting GA proposals and decisions from across the movement and the responses generated by them would be another great idea for programming during the daytime hours when there is less chance of breaking news.

There's a better way. I'm in the process, although I've gotten a bit diverted the past few days with a sort of related project — more on this farther down — of putting together a web-based digital asset management (DAM) system, using an open source application called ResourceSpace. It's used by a number of big, media-consuming organizations, like Oxfam, World Wildlife Fund and others — see http://resourcespace.com for more details on this package. It'll be hosted at occupation media.org once I get the software installed and configured, hopefully by the end of this week.

Video is a bandwidth and space hog, however, and the costs of running a site like this, if there were a lot of footage flying around, could get quite high. There's a limit to what I can pay out of pocket. (And you for sure don't want to be emailing video footage around, not any more than you _have_ to…)

    I know there are efforts underway to expand the number of streams and provide training for teams and would like to know what other plans and systems might be in the works to coordinate with.  The strategic preparation of Occupy Nashville last week on the 3rd night of arrests was inspiring, with scouts sending updates through Twitter of every move the authorities made, multiple camera angles ready to cue and other well-planned and executed operations.  I would like to help make this sort of framework the minimum standard of sorts to improve our ability to show the world what happens when the official media is ordered away.

Some other things worth mentioning:

I put up an Ushahidi server at http://occupationplanet.org for the use of the various Occupations, if people could spread the word to the local camps, I'd appreciate it. Ushahidi is a web-based application originally intended to support disaster relief efforts, but it's pretty adaptable to an effort like the Occupation movement. It can be used to report police incidents, events, news, etc. I'm still in the process of getting everything configured, but it's possible to make reports via the web interface now.

I've mentioned an effort to put together a newsfeed culled from various sources on the web. My initial effort is a completely manually maintained (we have three admins at the moment) page on Facebook, the Occupation Media Services newsfeed, see https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupation-Media-Services-Newsfeed/237685532953209

I've just been put into contact with some folks at NYCGA's Internet WG, who are working on a project for an OWS Newswire, which would be an automated version, as I see it, of what we're doing manually on Facebook, but with more sources and more curator/editors. As an initial step toward getting that going — we need as many Occupation RSS feeds as we can get — I've been working on the occupyeverywhere.org wiki, expanding the list of Occupation Facebook pages, see http://wiki.occupyeverywhere.org/index.php/List_of_occupy_movement_related_web_sites

More stuff on the Newswire project at http://wiki.occupyeverywhere.org/index.php/NewsWire

Finally, I'm a volunteer at a local community TV station here in Santa Cruz, which has a quite complete and professional studio, including pro quality field equipment which can be borrowed. I'm considering pushing to put together a several-times-a-week "Occupation News" show, only ten or fifteen minutes, I'd think. I suspect it wouldn't be too hard to find a producer to get behind this idea...

Best,

Lefty


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