No longer simple online diaries, blogs offer a platform for women to find their voices as experts and opinion-makers. LONDON, U.K—The media environment is mostly male-dominated. News is written by men and about men, and female journalists, experts and sources remain underrepresented. Data show how media organizations—in the U.K. and the Western world generally—perpetrate a systematic marginalization of women, and an increasing number of them have turned to the digital sphere to claim a public space through personal channels, social media and blogs. Blogging has often been praised for validating female voices, allowing them unprecedented freedom to publish original and unfiltered content, regardless of mainstream agendas and focuses.
Keeping true to Swiss clichés, the World Economic Forum (WEF) press meeting in Geneva last Wednesday started just as the clocks struck eleven o’clock. The rows around me were already remarkably filled with members of international media even though there were still some days to go until the Annual Meeting.
Economics blogging isn’t just procrastinating. And there is empirical evidence for this. [Don’t you just love economists?]
Above is one of the regressions that McKenzie and Ozler use in their 2011 paper “The Impact of Economics Blogs” to test for the impact of blogging about economics papers on its dissemination. They find that links from blogs lead to a substantial increase in the number of abstract views and downloads of economics papers. Secondly, blogging raises blogger’s profile and boosts their reputation above economists with similar publication records.
At the World Water Forum 6, Student Reporter Eva Papadimas and I were interviewed by Suez Environment’s Water Blog. It was a rare case of reversing roles: the previous day Student Reporter Maria-Tzina Leria had interviewed Jean Marc Jahn, CEO for a Suez-affiliated company in Algeria. For the reverse interview, Suez staffers asked us about the Student Reporter program, our backgrounds and what we hope that the Forum achieves. To view the write-up and video, please click here for the Suez Water Blog. You can also view the video below:
The student reporter team from the World Resources Forum in Davos came up with a comprehensive manual. It comprises the various perspectives from the editors and the student reporters including the 10 rules of student reporting, a collection of valuable resource websites, the steps to write posts, record and embedd videos and interviews, take pictures, etc… Though we realized that such a manual can be very helpful it still is a very static document and we are planning to provide video tutorials in the near future. The outcome of this great team effort is open for comments and support for ongoing improvement – enjoy reading. Student Reporter Manual_vApril2012
What happens if you fall in love with your job, or asked in another way, how can you fall in love with what you do? As a managing editor I had the privilege to work with a fascinating bunch of students who were supposed to write about change and cover the perspectives of change makers. I realized during the virtual coaching and preparatory days and the even more intensive time during the World Resources Forum in Davos that this selected group of young students are changemakers themselves. While having had the chance to see the reporters grow from post to post I fell in love with my job. You will witness a glimpse of my enlightment in the following video in which the reporters introduce to their favourite posts.
In this section, I will be looking at how can we enhance writing skills, or in other words, make a post exciting and interesting to read. First of all, before even starting to write, think for a few seconds about these three questions:
*Who am I writing to? *Why am I writing to these people? *What is the best way to get my message across? *What is the message I want my readers to remember?
Saturday afternoon 16:20, main train station of Zürich – “Are you from the Student Reporter group?”. Two smiles answer my question. I found two of the nine student reporters with who I’ll share a unique trip to the World Resources Forum (WRF) 2011 in Davos. After seeing pictures on facebook and hearing their voices at web conferences, it is nice to meet face to face. After sitting two hours together in the train and share dinner I already had the feeling of being part of a team.
Impotence. Have you ever felt it? I guess that many of us have at least once felt not having enough power, money, and many other means to shape the future. This feeling can make people give up, or wait until they think they have the means to do something, without noticing they might wait forever. I am part of a group of passionate students from all over the world, gathered in Davos, Switzerland, to work together to show others how little power or money people need to start making a difference…
With less than a month to go to the second World Resources Forum (WRF), I’m taking a trip down memory lane to the inaugural WRF in 2009, where I was blogging as a Student Reporter. While the environment itself was impressive to a student still immersed in classroom theories and game theory matrices, the feeling of change (or, forgive my use of British cultural terms, the ‘X Factor’) was missing from the air. The WRF succeeded as far as respectable international conferences go, but in terms of combatting the problems outline in the WRF 2011 Summary, it felt like progress was slow. A couple of changes that could combat this include:
1) Meaningful calls for action, or none at all: The Calls for Action 2009, while including nothing objectionable, added little to the debate other than summarising the general feeling in the sustainability field. 2) Walk the talk: students may be idealists, but it’s common sense that if you’re at conference about sustainable resource use, serving shrimps and plentiful meat doesn’t set the best example of optimal resource use.
The Student Reporter Team has direct access to the World Resources Forum where they experience three days of intense and high-level discussions and debates during the keynote sessions, workshops and evening dinners. On top of the conference experience the young reporters receive a 2 days tailored pre- and post-conference training programme in Davos facilitated by social media experts including 2 virtual training sessions in July and August 2011. They work in an interdisciplinary team of ten international students that contribute to a multi-author blog with text and visual content. In this blog, the student reporters will summarise on the discussions, open points and recommendations during the three days of the WRF’11 for an international audience.