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MakerCulture: Taking things into our own hands

Illustration by Conal Pierse

Last semester in our Online Journalism course, the UWO J-Schoolers worked together to investigate the evolving Maker Culture community. Under the direction of our instructor Wayne MacPhail, we spend 12 weeks researching and interviewing to produce videos, online features, and podcasts. Hundreds of Tweets, Flickr photos and Delicious tags later, our work is now being featured on TheTyee.ca and Rabble.ca.

I was part of the media group, which produced the episode about home brewed media. We spoke with poets, DJs, filmmakers, ‘zine makers, web enthusiasts, gamers, musicians and mash-up writers who produce their own unique forms of entertainment.

Maker Culture? That’s coders, fabricators, foodies, artists, educators, activists, citizen and even scientists grabbing the Do-It-Yourself ethic with both hands and changing our world in the process.

These are people who aren’t just making things, they’re making a point of sharing what they’ve learned, what they’ve made, and why. Often, for free. Makers are responding directly, locally to globalization,commercialization, copyright and central command and control.

Click here to read the MEdia feature of the MakerCulture series

Click here to listen to the MEdia Podcast on Rabble.ca

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Project London: Multimedia News Reporting

This year the UWO j-school program decided to spice things up and experiment with a multiplatform journalism project. The purpose was to give us more practice covering current events and gathering news on a deadline in more than one medium. Our instructors divided us into groups of five and assigned us to cover a “beat” in the community: money, education, politics, arts & culture, sports, and justice. I was part of the money group that set out to cover financial and business news for the day. We had 24 hours to use audio, video, text, and photos to tell our stories.

In the end my group produced four stories: A print piece about a London company named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, another print piece about the new mortgage rules, a video about a London company finding employment for seniors, and a radio interview about financial advice for young adults.

Checkout the Project London integration website here.

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