Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Common Language Project - Journalism's New Frontier

I usually get my news from the New York Times or the BBC, both fine media organizations with well designed web sites and good international coverage. The problem with big media, though, is that the human element of news is often lost behind the headlines. Sure, it's important to know that a truck bomb destroyed a market in the middle of Baghdad a few days ago, but what reporter is going to go back to the bombsite a year later, spend a week with a family that was victimized by the blast, and tell the story of their recovery?

This disconnect between headlines and ordinary people is the gap that the Common Language Project is designed to bridge. The CLP website has been up and running for more than a year now, featuring award winning, on-the-ground reportage from places like Kolkata brothels, Cambodian minefields and Pakistan's NW frontier.

From the CLP website -

"We believe that the best stories are told from the bottom up, not the top down, and seek out people working on the ground and those directly affected by the issues, not bureaucrats and politicians, as our primary sources."

Write on.


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