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Alive in Baghdad
Sarah Rich, 9 Jul 07
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While news about Iraq has a vast media presence, the sources from which it comes are arguably rather limited. We almost never, for example, see or hear stories from ordinary civilians about ordinary life in a war zone. But one place those stories can be found is at AliveInBaghdad.org, a video blog "formed to counter the sound-bite driven, 'Live From' news model."

Alive in Baghdad is empowering Iraqis to share their stories with the world, and provides a place of education and interaction for global citizens interested in the real life political, military, economic and social situation in Iraq.
To this end, Alive In Baghdad seeks to:
• Generate and publish at least one short (3-7 minute) video from Iraq, made by an Iraqi civilian, each week, and make this video easily accessible to the world via the internet.
• Keep all previously published videos easily accessible to the public.
• Publish ongoing and up-to-date written blogs and videoblogs from Iraqi citizen journalists on www.AliveinBaghdad.org.
• Provide a user-friendly, encouraging and supportive environment for public interaction and education concerning Iraqi issues through on-site discussion boards, chat rooms and message threads.
Above all, Alive in Baghdad is devoted to empowering Iraqi citizen journalists to share their stories with the world in a personal, candid and non-bureaucratic way. We endeavor to cut through the red tape and politics of corporate news and deliver the real stories, from real people, everyday.

The same crew has a similar citizen journalism project in Mexico, published in Spanish and English.

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Comments

Sarah you are a pain in the side of reality, I love your style. How do you keep finding all this stuff? Nevermind, just keep it comming!


Posted by: spfl39 on 10 Jul 07


Sarah you are a pain in the side of reality, I love your style. How do you keep finding all this stuff? Nevermind, just keep it comming!


Posted by: spfl39 on 10 Jul 07

I have been following their podcast for some time now. I highly recommend it for everybody.


Posted by: saugat on 10 Jul 07

I have been following their podcast for some time now. I highly recommend it for everybody.


Posted by: saugat on 10 Jul 07

This is also worth checking out, video blogs from three young men living in Baghdad

http://www.hometownbaghdad.com/


Posted by: adrian on 11 Jul 07

Dear Sarah,

Someone blogging you has already mentioned www.hometownbagdad.com which is an exellent website. Also try www.almaarefa.org which stands for the 'Knowledge for Iraqi Women Society,' a website dedicated to showing the true suffering that many of the 1.5 million widows and orphans are going through in Iraq.

Best wishes,

William


Posted by: william Murtha on 13 Jul 07



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