"Journalism is a manifestation of a basic human urge to know and to communicate our knowledge to others. Such an essential impulse is impossible to fully repress."


Joel Simon in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Annual Report. Via The Atlantic

CPJ’s findings reflect a profound shift toward reliance on Internet advocacy. “Blogging, video sharing and text messaging from cellphones now bring news from some of the most oppressive countries to the rest of the world,” the annual survey concludes, “Yet the technology used to report the news has been matched in many ways by the tools used to suppress information.” In Syria, for example, CPJ says, there is a practice that computer experts call “rubber-hose cryptanalysis,” which means, bluntly, the use of force to extract critical data from activists, including passwords and log-in details. As 2012 unfolds, the likelihood is that the governments and regimes where civil strife continues will keep up the pressure on journalists, and social media will defy the attempts to suppress it. 

10 February 2012 ·

SOPA & PIPA explained. This is too important to ignore. See also: http://defendtheinter.net/ Please watch/read & share!

25 December 2011 ·

Steve Jobs: Computer science is a liberal art.

"In my perspective … science and computer science is a liberal art, it’s something everyone should know how to use, at least, and harness in their life. It’s not something that should be relegated to 5 percent of the population over in the corner. It’s something that everybody should be exposed to and everyone should have mastery of to some extent, and that’s how we viewed computation and these computation devices." - Steve Jobs in a 1996 interview with NPR.

10 October 2011 ·

"What if readers were able to help newsdesks work out which stories were worth investing precious reporting resources in? What if all those experts who delight in telling us what’s wrong with our stories after they’ve been published could be enlisted into giving us more clues beforehand? What if the process of working out what to investigate actually becomes part of the news itself?"


Dan Roberts, National News Editor, The Guardian. The Guardian is opening up its newslists so you can help us make news.

The Guardian is opening itself up this week. Via a blog it’s showing the public — and its competitors — exactly what they’re working on and what they plan to publish.

They’re doing so via their Inside the Guardian blog with the idea that if they’re transparent about the stories coming down the pike, readers will engage by feeding them tips and ideas they might not otherwise have known about.

According to Roberts, the experiment will last this week. If successful, they’ll continue. If not they’ll shut it down. We’re interested to see what happens.

(via futurejournalismproject)

I’m interested too! This has a lot of potential!

(Source: futurejournalismproject)

10 October 2011 ·

What happens to your digital self when your analog self dies?

10 August 2011 ·

Google+ for Social Activists

5 August 2011 ·

Google+ for Journalists

30 July 2011 ·

On hope and technology

"Knowledge and wisdom that feeds the human spirit and helps us value life itself as the core of all values. We need hope, we need courage and we need each other. We don’t need more greed. And I am just not sure about more technology." Mariane Pearl (one of my heroines) in The Huffington Post (Feb 2010). See a sterling example of her humanistic journalism here.

29 July 2011 ·

About Me

I'm @jihiitea.

Curious about news literacy, networked communication, journalism ethics, news design, storytelling, spirituality, and how they all connect. Here is where I meander through the internet.

Most of my blogging about media is over at the Future Journalism Project. Work & Projects are here.