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Water news everywhere: mix up your own

July 14, 2009, 3:48 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

Link TV's newest Know the News 'remixer' module, 1H2O, is based on international coverage of the world's shortage of clean water.

Clips available for 1H2O users (remixers) also include footage from South Korean, Nigerian, and Mexican TV news. Link TV will also award prizes to the best remixers of the 1H2O footage. Check out the quick remix example below:

Know the News allows users to cut and paste video clips from international broadcast media outlets to make their own mini-documentaries. The clips show different perspectives on one topic, and come from such outlets as CNN, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera.

The remixes are meant to resemble Global Pulse programs. Global Pulse, a 4-minute program shown on Link TV (available to digital cable viewers), shows how different nations see the same news in different ways.

The University of Miami's Knight Center for International Media, the Independent Television Service, and News Trust teamed up with Link TV on the project.

In 2008, UM's Sanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi produced the documentary One Water about international droughts and conflict. The One Water project now includes curriculum development and an environmental journalism web site, which is hosting an online video competition about water issues until August 15th.

Students and fellows'at M.I.T.'s Center for Future Civic Media are also working on interactive programs that highlight environmental news, including'vanishing forests (Brad Simpson's "Chop Watch")'and'CO2 emissions (Leo Bonanni and Matthew Hockenberry's "Source Map"). C4FCM Co-Director Chris Csikszentmihalyi's project extrACT'informs and engages citizens'living in'rural U.S. communities where natural gas drilling takes place.