The Democratic National Convention is taking place in Charlotte this week and there's a huge focus on independent media… especially blogging and citizen journalism. With convention delegates and the media armed with iPhones and using Instagram, Twitter, YouTube & Facebook this has election is more connected & real-time than any that has come before.
One particularly interesting project is an independent media center called #ThePPL. #ThePPL is a co-working and event space in Uptown Charlotte just blocks from the main events and designed for the emerging and online media covering the #DNC2012. In addition to a newsroom supporting hundreds of indy journalists, activists, and non-profits the people has been hosting parties, guest speakers, and roundtable discussions throughout the convention.
From www.theppl.us… "We're just having fun doing what we love to do. Making art. Making media. Making history. #DNC2012 #ThePPL"
Founders of #ThePPL prep the stage for throngs of media-makers to descend up on the independent media center they've built for the Democratic National Convention.
Watching us, watch them... lots of traditional media outlets have sent reporters to cover the story of the rise on online journalism at events like the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
This floor of #ThePPL will be called The Newsroom and is a co-working & collaboration space for 100s of bloggers & citizen journalists
I'm helping build an independent media center for The Democratic National Convention. We're the bloggers, artists, filmmakers, photographers & journalists participating in the DNC.
The mainstream corporate media old-guard is on hand to serve up their pablum version of world events. When all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Activists, artists, media-media makers and more are planning several direction actions including this March On Wall Street South during the #DNC2012
Activist organizers meetup before the opening of the Democratic National Convention to strategize how to hack the media to draw attention to important social justice causes.
Young, digitally savvy, web natives are the future of independent media at major world events like the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Sometimes mainstream corporate news outlets do send a cameraman to cover 'alternative' events but they are evolutionarly unequipped to thrive in this environment.
Media-makers with small, flexible equipment & infrastructure built of lightweight online tools are optiminally adapted to covering the chaotic nature of events like #DNC2012
Today people "Marched on Wall Street South" in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention. About 1000 people walked through the Uptown streets raising their voices for peace, justice & equality.
Media savvy politicians, like Sen. Russ Feingold, realize the online blogger crowd is an important part of their media engagement strategy.
Design for Obama crowd-sourced original campaign artwork online and produced beautiful screen-printed posters of some of the best designs."
The DNC brought droves of representatives from independent media but it was also full of mainstream news organizations like Al Jazeera sending bloggers and online reporters to cover the event.
Independent media + politicians + non-profits & activists is what you'll find at #ThePPL (the hub for bloggers and online media at the DNC). Here are The PPL co-founder Desiree Kane, Sen. Dick Durbin & Netroots Nation's Mary Rickles.
Students and volunteers from Charlotte and abroad helped #ThePPL pull off an ambitious independent media center. You can't spell "internet" without "intern."
The PPL, Charlotte's HQ for bloggers & citizen journalists, has been abuzz dusk to dawn with media makers from around the world. #Wifi #Coffee #Collaboration
Perez Hilton other online celebreties flocked to Charlotte for the DNC. More interesting is the way politicians and PR flacks court online royalty today -- like they once did mainstream media personalities
Independent media makers turned into activists over the course of the week as they documented resistance and shared those stories online.
Guess who's always right in the thick of the action with a steady kind demeanor and a microphone in her hand? For many of you it'll be no big suprise. Amy Goodman!
Everyone expresses themselves differently but a camera, computer and internet connection keep the barriers very low for individuals to participate in real-time reporting of the events taking place from the streets.
The "Undocubus" dropped off a bunch of people on the street in front of the #DNC2012. They were there standing up for the rights of migrant workers. They marched through the streets and were arrested for impeding traffic after stopping cars.
Shortly after being released from jail on $10,000 bond for driving with an expired license, protest organizer Jesse James Taylor swung by #ThePPL to talk to the media.