Empowering Media That Matters


Global Voices: Creating Multiple Global Publics

This case study by CSM Media Fellow Martin Lucas explores the origins, structure, and impact of Global Voices, an international blogging site designed to increase communication across borders and reveal international issues from the perspectives of citizen media-makers.


Global Voices: Creating Multiple Global Publics

Creating Multiple Global Publics: How Global Voices Engages Journalists and Bloggers around the World

Since its inception in 2004, Global Voices has developed as a major hub for a worldwide network of people speaking about their local situations to a global audience using the tools of citizen-generated media. The site features a central blog that offers aggregation of and commentary on outside blog content, available by region, country, and language, on such topics as politics, governance, and human rights. It also hosts several additional blogs, including advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org, as well as blogs for each language the editors translate content into. In addition to providing content, Global Voices has become a voice for freedom of speech in the international blogosphere and a source of technical information about how to avoid political restraints on net-based free speech—central concerns for the health of a growing international public sphere. 


The View from the Top: P.O.V. Leaders on the Struggle to Create Truly Public Media

POVOn the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking PBS documentary series P.O.V., the Center for Social Media interviewed several of those who have led the project through its last two decades on the goals, challenges, and the vision for one of television's most productive sites for imagining and innovating the future of public media.


Research Protocol

This Govcom.org research protocol explains the methods used to produce the maps featured below.


The War Tapes


Where are the publics? Are there particular "home front" publics?

To what extent does The War Tapes organize publics different from those of other Iraq war or war on terror films?

Do the issues raised by The War Tapes organize distinctive publics? Are the publics organized into pro-war and anti-war clusters, or does the film begin another discussion related to the war in Iraq and the war on terror?

Does the film festival change or amplify the conversation about the issues raised in the film?