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2600+ tweets from #civicmedia

June 19, 2012, 12:01 p.m., Posted by Matt Stiles

KnightBlog is sharing data visualizations from this week's MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, focused on the future of news and information with the theme of "The Story & the Algorithm." For more, follow #civicmedia and @knightfdn.

People following and attending the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference yesterday posted more than 2,600 tweets with the #civicmedia hashtag. This chart shows the total number of tweets by hour. Clear spikes are evident during the opening “Turning Data into Narrative” panel and around 1:30 p.m., when the Knight News Challenge winners were announced: 



This version of the chart shows #civicmedia tweets by the minute, beginning at 9 a.m. The same spikes related to conference activity are evident. Sixteen tweets were posted at 1:32 p.m., for example:



Involving community in helping shape economic strategy

June 19, 2012, 10:10 a.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

University Park residents in Akron came out in force on Saturday, June 16 to involve members of the community in shaping an economic strategy for their neighborhood.

Over 350 neighborhood residents, engaged by the University Park Alliance, met to decide and prioritize the work and to contribute to the conversation on  how to bring in additional funding.

Residents overwhelming voted for a Special Improvement District as a financial tool that would assist the neighborhood in achieving its goals. University Park Alliance is a $10 million effort supported by Knight Foundation to create a 50 block live, work, play mecca in the heart of downtown Akron.

"When I gave the opening remarks, I was almost in tears," Eric Johnson, the executive director of the University Park Alliance, told the Akron Beacon Journal, which covered the meeting in "University Park Alliance shares ideas for neighborhood." The article notes that participants used interactive keypads and computers to answer questions about their priorities; the top three included crime and safety, "neighbors helping neighbors" and economic development. 

Internet native news networks, what's working in #opengov and more for #civicmedia day 2

June 19, 2012, 9:24 a.m., Posted by John Bracken


Yesterday was a busy first day of the MIT-Knight Civic Media conference. You can catch up via the conference liveblog. Highlights included first panel, Dan Sinker’s summary of the hack session, the announcement of the Knight News Challenge winners and details about Knight’s new prototype fund with Michael Maness and Joi Ito.

We’re going to keep the momentum going today with four more panels. Like yesterday, the #civicmedia will be livestreamed.

Things kick off at 9:00 a.m. ET with a discussion of Internet Native News Networks led by Christina Xu of the Awesome Foundation. Presenters include Hong Qu, of UpworthyIvan Sigal of Global VoicesCharlie Sennott of GlobalPost and David Wertime of Tea Leaf Nation.

At 10:30 a.m. ET, Susan Crawford will lead us through a discussion of Open Gov: What’s Gone Wrong, What’s Gone Right? Particpants will include Mark Headd of Code for AmericaMike Norman of and Chris Vein, Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation.