Media and Place Productions

Date Awarded
Grant Period
06/23/11 to 06/22/14
Focus Area
Journalism & Media Innovation
Knight News Challenge

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To help tell rich multimedia stories by improving a toolkit that allows people to collaboratively produce, curate and publish multimedia projects.

To help tell rich multimedia stories, Zeega will improve its open-source HTML5 platform for creating collaborative and interactive documentaries. By using Zeega, anyone can create immersive, participatory multimedia projects that seamlessly combine original content with photos, videos, text, audio and maps from across the Web. With this grant, Zeega will expand their experimental prototype to work on Web, tablet and mobile devices and pilot a series of collaborative and interactive documentary projects with news organizations, journalists and communities across the globe.

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Project Team

Kara Oehler

Kara Oehler is a Peabody award-winning audio documentarian, executive director of the news nonprofit Media And Place Productions and cofounder of metaLAB (at) Harvard, a hub for media innovation. Oehler is cocreator of: Zeega, an open-source HTML5 platform that allows anyone to easily create works of interactive journalism; Mapping Main Street, a collaborative documentary that creates a new map of the country through stories, photos and videos; Yellow Arrow :: Capitol of Punk, an interactive documentary that was featured in MoMA’s exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind”; and the UnionDocs Collaborative, a laboratory for documentary arts research and production.

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