About #LivePoverty: 24 Hours of Poverty Coverage Around the World
Nov. 16, 2013
What was #LivePoverty?
#LivePoverty was 24 hours of social media coverage of poverty by more than 100 journalism students relying primarily on Twitter. Led by the Journalism Department at California State University Northridge (CSUN), the Media and Journalism Program at Newcastle University, the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) and National Chung Cheng University, the project aimed to shed light on society's most vulnerable and often forgotten members.
Journalism professors from several universities around the world working on mobile journalism projects crossed paths in the summer of 2013 at the World Journalism Education Congress, and from that meeting, #LivePoverty was born.
Melissa Wall at the California State University Northridge Journalism Department had created Pop-Up Newsroom while David Baines, a lecturer at Newcastle University in the UK, was leading student pop-up news coverage via a hyperlocal site, the Jesmond Local. Earlier projects by CSUN include long-distance bus travelers in Los Angeles and the 2012 Presidential election. At Newcastle U, students produced a magazine in 48 hours centered on the Turner Prize.
At the same time, at Chennai's Asian College of Journalism, lecturers Priya Rajsekar and Devadas Rajaram were introducing innovative mobile reporting. They created the first student-run pop-up newsroom in India that fall. Professor Shih-Hung Lo at National Chung Cheng University was also introducing a pop-up newsroom 24-hour project covering poverty as well.
Together they created #LivePoverty.
What is Pop-Up Newsroom?
Pop-Up Newsroom is a temporary, virtual newsroom. It occupies no permanent space. It literally pops up when events occur, covers them, then hibernates until the next event. Pop-Up Newsroom was created in the fall of 2012 by professor Melissa Wall at the CSUN Journalism Department. It lives mainly on Twitter @PopUpNewsroom.
What kind of content does Pop-Up Newsroom produce?
Pop-Up Newsroom produces mainly mobile journalism with contributors using their cellphones or devices such as iPads or iPods to post information about what is happening on the ground. This low-impact model means the Pop-Up Newsroom is highly flexible and cost efficient. Contributors share Tweets, photos, audio and video.