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For @HatchForGood: What I’ve Learned So Far about Interviewing for Video & Audio Stories

January 29, 2016

Cross-posted from the Rockefeller Foundation’s The Hatch for Good

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Preparing for a video interview with Judy Mayotte for Women’s Refugee Commission. Photo by Loris Guzzetta

Over the years, I’ve interviewed a lot of people for video and radio projects, for both nonprofit organizations and broadcast media. So I’ve decided to compile some of the lessons I’ve learned. These recommendations can be applied to both video and audio-only interviews, but are by no means exhaustive. Feel free to add recommendations of your own in the comments section below. Read more…

Listen via @FI2W: An African Farm Grows In South Jersey

November 30, 2015

Check out this story that I helped produce for Feet in Two Worlds:


Tomatoes, corn, and peaches are the staples of New Jersey agriculture. But at Morris Gbolo’s farm in the state’s southern tip, crimson-hued amaranths and plump Liberian bitter ball are the prized crops. Read the accompanying story by Tiziana Rinaldi more here.

How Nonprofits Can be Part of the #Podcasting Renaissance (at #501TechNYC)

October 30, 2015

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At at recent meeting of the  501 Tech NYC, we discussed audio and podcasting for nonprofits . I was be joined by Alex Kapelman and Veralyn Williams.501 Tech NYC Tech for Good logo

If nonprofits want to learn how to create content that both engages audiences and creates devoted supporters, we need look no further than the gold standard offered each day by public radio and cutting edge podcasts.

Check out this Storify for an archive of tweets from the event. 

 

 

Watch: Women on the Run – Alba’s Story

October 30, 2015

This week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released a new report entitled “Women on the Run.” Women in Central America and Mexico are fleeing their countries in rising numbers to escape a surge in deadly, unchecked gang violence, fueling a looming refugee crisis in the Americas. Loris Guzzetta and I produced the video above for the project. You can help by sharing the video on Youtube and other stories here.

Music is by Podington Bear

 

Listen: New radio story for PRI’s The World on Mexican asylum seekers

July 22, 2015

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Credit: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

I recently visited Des Moines, Iowa and met the family and friends of Constantino Morales, who applied for political asylum in the United States. Read more here.

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Building Relationships with Journalists via Social Media

July 10, 2015

Prezi-JournlRelationshipsNonprofits use social media for many reasons: activism, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, affecting policy change,”brand raising”, etc. It’s undoubtedly become an integral part of your organization’s communications. But how are you using it to build stronger relationships with local journalists? Sure you can create your own networks to communicate directly with supporters but broadcast journalists often have greater reach. At the same time, you can help journalists do their job more effectively by connecting them to more information for their stories.

I recently developed a checklist for nonprofits, particularly those working on immigration issues. You can see my presentation on Prezi here or read my suggestions below.

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Why It Matters to Follow Back on Social Media

May 13, 2015

Cross-posted from E-Politics

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To measure the online influence of your organization or campaign, it’s not enough to simply count your followers on social media. That’s part of the argument in a recent report by the Citizen Engagement Lab, “Moving Beyond Vanity Metrics.” Instead the ultimate goal should be active engagement (online and off) around your mission.

But it’s not just your followers who should be doing the engaging online. They are not a faceless audience who simply receive your content. It’s important for your organization to follow back some of your followers. Of course, this isn’t the only way that your organization should interact with followers… but it’s a start. As digital strategist Beth Becker likes to say, “You can’t follow no one but you can’t follow everyone.”

Here’s why: (The “how” comes after):
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