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The Life of a Hashtag Meme: #BringBackOurGirls

The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag meme is everywhere – as I’m writing this article, there are over three million tweets and over 377,000 Instagram photos tagged with it (not including whatever’s happening on Facebook, Tumblr, etc.). As such, #BringBackOurGirls makes for a great case study of a great, global, political hashtag meme. »

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Breaking down the Knight News Challenge Applicants

Updated 4/29: head to the bottom of this post to see who did and didn’t get into the semi-finals! As you may have already read, we submitted a project to the Knight News Challenge to amplify, archive and create a community around social change memes. (More about that on our »

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Deep Storytelling Platforms: What’s Working So Far

Here at The Civic Beat, we’re deeply passionate about new platforms for storytelling enabled by technology. As journalism and reportage enter the digital age, we believe that more has to be done than simply transferring print practices to the online world. And while we explore new stories from the web, »

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Instagram Selfies and Hong Kong’s Free TV Movement

Tens of thousands of protestors thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to call for greater transparency in its Executive Council. Protestors were reacting to the recent government refusal to grant a free-to-air TV license to HKTV, an eagerly-awaited newcomer in the industry. Not only did the government not »