Ushahidi & Talk Morocco Wins The BoB’s Award


Ushahidi won the Weblog of the Year award from Deutsche Welle at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany. The award ceremony took place on Tuesday 22nd June, 2010 at the Planery Chamber of the World Conference Center where the Climate Change and the Media forum were on-going.

@MacJordan with Erik Hersman; @WhiteAfrican displaying Ushahidi's Award

According to award recipient – Erik Hersman;

“The Ushahidi platform is an African technology innovation that is changing a lot of things, not least of which is the way that information flows during human rights events.”

Ushahidi is a blog that collects and shows reports from users who have the Ushahidi application built into their own websites. This application makes it possible to visualize information from conflict and disaster regions on an interactive map. The application was first used in Kenya in 2008 to map out the violence and riots after the elections. Since then, users in many different countries have used Ushahidi to help save lives – like in finding the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

“One of our goals with Ushahidi has always been to help save lives and speed recovery,” ~ Erik Hersman.

Also at the same event; Talk Morocco; a blog by Jillian C. York & Hisham Almiraat also won the 2010 Best English Weblog People’s Choice and Jury BOB awards!

Jillian C. York & Hisham Almiraat displaying their award.

According to Co-found; Jillian C. York,

“Blogging plays an important social role in Morocco, where bloggers often tackle subjects the main press cannot. Talk Morocco provides a unique a platform for established and unknown bloggers, journalists and authors, Moroccans and non-Moroccans, English speakers and non-English speakers, to comment on subjects relating to Morocco and the Moroccan diaspora.”

Congrats to Erik Hersman of Ushahidi, Jillian C. York & Hisham Almiraat of Talk Morocco for their blog awards.

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Global concern about Climate Change: The media must inform and educate!


People all over the world continue to see climate change as a threat. The majority expect the media to not only inform the public about climate change, but also educate them about its consequences. At the same time, the number of people who aren’t concerned at all has risen in the last two years as well: from 4 percent in 2008 to 9 percent now.

Climate Change: The media must inform and educate!

Those are just some of the results of a global study from the market research company Synovate in cooperation with Deutsche Welle. Synovate surveyed more than 13,000 people from 18 different countries about the potential threats, the effects and the possibilities that exist to counteract climate change. The complete results were presented at this year’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. This year’s conference, entitled “The Heat is On – Climate Change and the Media”, is currently taking place from June 21-23 in Bonn, Germany.

The “Synovate and Deutsche Welle Global Study on Climate Change 2010” is the third survey that Synovate has completed on this subject. Researchers relied on respondents from around the world – including Germany, France, Brazil, USA, China and South Africa. In Germany, the UK and Turkey, more than 60 percent of respondents are concerned about climate change. In the Netherlands (38 percent), Russia (42) and the USA (54) it is noticeably lower.

When asked about what they consider a “good or excellent source” of climate change information, 50 percent of respondents stated television, followed by websites (48 percent) and newspapers (44).

Television was rated especially high in the United Arab Emirates (UAE, 87 percent), China (85) and Japan (78).

For websites, China (81), the UK (71) and the UAE (64) were on top and for newspapers it was Japan and China (78), UAE (76) and Brazil (59). In Russia and South Africa, a noticeably lower number of respondents believe that these forms of media were a useful source of information.

The “Synovate Climate Change Study 2010” also shows that 88 percent of respondents believe that industry should be responsible for the fight against climate change. More than 70 percent stated that they have done or are willing to do something to reduce climate change. Nearly half of all respondents are willing to buy more environmentally-friendly products.

Questions: What is the best mode of reaching/spreading the news to the general public about issues on Climate Change apart from the various ways mentioned by these researchers mentioned above? Do you also see Climate Change as a threat? Are the media agencies in your country educating the masses about the consequences of Climate Change?

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn – Germany


The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum started yesterday with lots of discussion and talks from various idealists, Innovators, Climate Change Activists, Reporters and the media as a whole.

The theme for the three-day international event in the German city of Bonn is;

“The Heat Is On – Climate Change and the Media”.

Representatives from science, politics, business and the media discussed what the media can do to create awareness for one of the major challenges of our time; Climate Change.

Dir. Gen of Deutsche Welle; Erik Bettermann,

At the opening ceremony of the Forum, DW’s Director General; Erik Bettermann pointed out that the media’s role i;

“Chroniclers and interpreters of the fight against climate change”.

He also stated;

“I am convinced we need a climate change in the heads of journalists as well. Reporting needs to be about more than just the day’s news. It needs to drive people to action, while showing deficits, solutions and different perspectives.”

Mr. Erik Bettermann He also stressed that;

“Journalists need to tackle difficult issues with well-researched stories and show every individual that they can do something to help,”

He went on to say that the Internet, blogs and Twitter are the new platforms for the exchange of ideas and opinions – and more and more people are getting involved in the conversation. According to Mr. Bettermann; “The “climate generation” is growing, they think differently, go in new directions and are committed to implementing global projects on location.”

He also said the media must jump in and contribute as well. “They can create awareness for the unforeseeable consequences of climate change – for human beings and the environment. But they can also highlight the potential of moving towards green technology and ecologically friendly consumption and production. They can showcase creativity and innovation, new models of working and new fields of work – as well as a new quality of life.”

Bettermann said that in industrialized countries, the media – and thereby the general public – often don’t perceive developing countries as those making use of climate protection measures. But these countries also need to catch up in terms of economic growth and prosperity – something that we often take for granted.

Approximately 1,500 people from 95 countries are in Bonn, Germany participating in this third Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

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