Last June 22-24, 2011, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MIT's Center for Civic Media hostED the MIT - Knight Civic Media Conference. The conference brought together past and present Knight News Challenge winners, media innovators, and community leaders – all working together to use new technologies to shape the future of news and civic media.
In this session, two individuals share their perspectives on civic media with a global audience. Mohamed Nanabhay, head of New Media at the AlJazeera Network, helped unpack the North African revolutions using video from Facebook and other online sources. And Joi Ito, the new head of MIT's Media Lab, has worked with a group of civic reporters and citizen scientists in Japan to document the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
The two discussed the emerging media environment, where professional and civic media interact to produce a richer and more inclusive picture of global events.