Andy Carvin, National Public Radio’s resident social media evangelist, sacrificed sleep and weekends stitching together social media to create an impressive “Gustav Information Center” and the “Voices of Gustav.” The former, re-named “Hurricane Information Center” post-Gustav, is a one-stop shop of storm-related news; the latter for survivors to share messages.
Though Andy did much of the initial heavy lifting, these projects quickly evolved into the new media equivalent of an Amish barn-raising. And Andy could use more hands still. Visit his blog for details on how you can contribute to these laudable grassroots efforts.
Andy talks about these initiatives and lessons for news organizations to draw upon in an interview posted over at Poynter Online. I found this paragraph particularly revelatory (emphasis added by me):
Even as NPR builds up its internal social networking infrastructure, for example, we still plan to continue reaching out communities on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc, because that’s where those communities spend most of their time and are comfortable working with each other. They have unique infrastructures and dynamics that could never be fully replicated within a news org, so you need to be prepared to be working across multiple networks and connect the dots.
And an NPR-hosted social network? Color me skeptical, but I will reserve that for a future post.
Speaking of social media, it is that time! Mark the date and time: September 16 @5ish. Details rightcheer.
Hat tip: current.org.