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Graham Richard: Citizens must be able to engage with their local government online

Oct. 27, 2011, 11:27 a.m., Posted by Robertson Adams

Graham Richard, President, Graham Richard Assoc. LLC and former mayor, Fort Wayne, Ind.

This interview is part of the Digital Revolution and Democracy series, which offers idea-inspiring interviews with thought leaders who are shaping the future of media and democracy. More at

Innovative use of the Internet can help local governments provide quick, agile, smart services – and not just to a limited part of the population, says former Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. He spoke with Knight Foundation Vice President Dennis Scholl about opportunities for using technology to better serve communities while attending the Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS).

Richard says citizens are used to going online and getting customer service from institutions, and as a result local governments must become more responsive. He thinks citizens today are more able to fully engage with the local government officials, and demand change by using the power of social media.

Female journalists honored for exemplifying courage in news reporting

Oct. 27, 2011, 11:17 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Adela Navarro Bello, Parisa Hafezi, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Kate Adie. Photo by Vince Bucci/PictureGroup

A luncheon today in New York City is honoring women journalists who have faced danger reporting the news.

For showing dedication to covering violence, corruption and social unrest in their countries, Adela Navarro Bello of Mexico, Parisa Hafezi of Iran and Chiranuch Premchaiporn each recently received a 2011 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

Project inviting residents to explore core values and beliefs launches

Oct. 26, 2011, 8:38 a.m., Posted by Michele McLellan

This Tallahassee Believes, a project that invites residents to explore the core values and beliefs that shape their lives, is now being featured by This I Believe International.

The Tallahassee project was just launched by the Village Square, a Knight Community Information Challenge winner supported by the Community Foundation of North Florida.