Getting Closer to SMS Journalism

    by Guy Berger
    July 10, 2008

    In August, we start some initial workshops with high school learners, to discuss with them what it takes to be “citizen journalists” – contributing content that the mainstream will publish.

    What’s more, the content is constrained by being 140 characters long – sms is the method of communications for now. Over the course of 8 workshops, 80 learners in their penultimate school year will be trained about optimum Cit-journ in this way … all over two months.

    The workshops, to be run by university journalism students and co-ordinated by colleage Sipho January, will cover the skills of contributing opinions, news and poems by SMS. Grocott’s Mail newspaper will receive and publish the best – bringing youth news direct to the older audience who read the paper.


    It’s courtesy our of Knight Challenge grant.

    Still to be decided: can the learners write in sms-speak (abbreviations), and the paper unzip these into full language; can they publish in their mother tongue (isiXhosa), when the paper appears in English?

    I wrote about recently about the state of the project in my Mail & Guardian column.

    Tagged: cellphone journalism knight foundation

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