Browsing the "Emergency" Tag

When There’s No 911, Kenya Tweets For Help

October 14th, 2013 | by EJC

In a nation with notoriously threadbare public emergency services, civilians have turned to social media for updates and dispatch services. Valerie Hamilton looks at how the Kenya Red Cross used social media to respond to the recent Westgate mall tragedy.


The First Ever Spam Filter For Disaster Response

August 2nd, 2013 | by EJC

While spam filters provide additional layers of security to websites, they can also be used to process all kinds of information. Perhaps most famously, for example, the reCAPTCHA spam filter was used to transcribe the New York Times’ entire paper-based archives.


AFP’s Social Media Strategy: From The Ground To The Newsroom

July 15th, 2013 | by EJC

Personalisation is crucial when it comes to the use of social media . As Steve Buttry points out, journalists’ individual use can play an important role in finding sources, building trust through engaging with people, and increasing reach by sharing a newswire’s published contents



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