Back to top

May 2013 Salon: Citizen Journalism

May 2013 Salon: Citizen Journalism

Wed., May 22, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

191 Highland Ave. , Somerville

You are here

What happens when citizens start doing their own investigating?

Join us as we learn about citizen journalism from three citizen journalists.

First, we'll hear from Barry Rafkind and Eileen Feldman, who will talk about their experiences with SomervilleVoices, an open online forum for reports and opinions about life in Somerville. It’s run by a group of volunteers, and has been active since 2007.

Then we'll hear from Jason Pramas from Open Media Boston, who will address the limits of citizen journalism, and make a case for why there is a driving need for professionally produced news media in a democratic society. He will discuss his concept of "mediated social media" as one possible alternative to the growing culture of unpaid amateur journalism--using his publication Open Media Boston as an example.

Organized by Tim Devin.  Facebook event page here

About the speakers

Eileen Feldman is a community organizer, arts therapist and human rights activist. On, she has published many posts with photos to raise awareness and lower barriers, so that people with disAbilities can enjoy equitable, integrated, fair and full opportunities and services in all aspects of community life.

Jason Pramas is editor/publisher of Open Media Boston--an online progressive metropolitan news publication serving Boston and environs since March 2008. A photojournalist and artist by training, Jason is an MFA candidate in visual arts at the Art Institute of Boston and an adjunct professor of communications at Lesley University.

Barry Rafkind has lived in Somerville since 2006. He works as a software engineer at Akamai Technologies; he also maintains the Somerville Voices blog, serves as a Human Rights Commissioner in Somerville, stays active in local political campaigns, and keeps up with his four-year-old daughter, Julia.


March 2013 Salon: The Intersection of Bikes and Art
Wed., March 27, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
October 2012 Salon: Public space! and public fun!
Wed., October 10, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
September 2012 Salon: Masculinity NOW!
Wed., September 12, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
June 2012 Salon: Zines!
Wed., June 27, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
April 2012 Salon: Comics
Wed., April 25, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
March 2012 Salon: Fiber
Wed., March 28, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Jan 2012 Salon: Artists Inspired by Film
Wed., January 18, 8:30pm to 10:30pm
matthew kushan