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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


My Urban Report in conjunction with Absolute Presence is proud to announce the debut of “Faces of the Uninsured.”

This is a citizen-journalism project about people who are uninsured, under-uninsured and who are looking for health insurance across the country.

In this first installment, you’ll meet David Boyd, a former Wal-Mart employee now out on disability. He has no health insurance and has mounted a $9,000.00 hospital bill.

Monday, September 28th, 2009


from email

To the People,

Please watch this video of a stupid, self-hating cop trying to literally kill a young Black African man at a school football game in Augusta, Georgia. This cop is clearly “high” and/or full of Black African hate.

He has been fired, however, he has appealed. Please show your support of his “staying” fired by emailing and/or writing to the Superintendent of the Richmond County School System:

Dr. Dana T. Bedden, Superintendent
Richmond County School System
864 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 826-1000
EMAIL – dtbedden(@)boe.richmond.k12.ga.us

-Do nothing, and you harm our youth and all of us.



What if the camera wasn’t rolling?

Saturday, September 26th, 2009


Thursday, September 24th, 2009


Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


email forwarded from Grayson Daughters


As you may know by news reports, many of our citizens in District 9 have been affected by the flood of the Chattahoochee River, RM Clayton Wastewater Treatment Plant, Peachtree, Proctor and Sandy Creeks. I have been trying to get around to every community to assess the damage and needs.

I am appealing to you and your neighborhood organizations to help me, help those in need! Please call my office at 404-330-6044 if you can assist.

My office is working hard to coordinate services for those affected. The Salvation Army is in route to provide a Canteen with lunch, water, etc. for residents in the Buckhead, Riverside, and Lincoln/Bolton Hill Communities. If I’ve missed any areas, please alert me.

Also, we are coordinating with our Public Works department to set a pick-up day for bulk items. If you have flood insurance, you may be reimbursed for private dumpsters. Those who do not have insurance and need assistance for pick-up can call my office for coordination.

I’m preparing and electronic and printed information which I will distribute tomorrow with contact numbers for assistance and helpful hints.

This email is a call out to individuals and neighborhood associations who were notaffected by the flooding to help your district and neighboring communities.

Here’s how you can help:

Volunteers to help remove items in homes damaged by the flood – I have seniors who need help!
Donation of cleaning supplies
Pumps and vacuums to remove water from homes
Dumpster donations, etc.

If you can help please call me ASAP.

Thank you,

Felicia A. Moore
Councilmember, District 9
Atlanta City Council
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 330-6044 Phone

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


by Amani Channel

The only video I rolled about the Atlanta flood was with my iPhone, and it wasn’t wet.

What a difference a year makes. Last year I had the opportunity to integrate social & mainstream media. As Mario Page and I traveled across the southeast last summer covering T.S. Fay, Hurricane Guvstav, Ike, and T.S. Hanna for HDNews, I was busy posting videos and tweeting from the field. Using hashtags for each storm, I quickly saw my number of followers surge as I provided the community with up to the minute information from the field.

I was able to engage in conversations, ask questions about damage, and was interviewed by social media strategist Wayne Sutton about what I was experiencing.

This time around, I was working in an office at Public Broadcasting Atlanta, monitoring Twitter and the #atlflood hashtag. I used the opportunity to share informative tweets though the @LensonAtlanta account (I’m the community manager for PBA’s social network).

I wasn’t able to monitor how all of the local stations used Twitter, but it seemed that 11Alive News had a strong presence (thanks to Chris Sweigart), and a lot of folks were re-tweeting stories from the AJC, and WSB-TV.

Twitter still isn’t being maximized by local reporters or news organizations during big stories, especially weather. Weather is usually random and wide reaching, which is why Twitter can be so effective for building followers, and engaging in two-way conversations with people who are living through it. If each field reporter tweeted regularly the public would soak it up.

One of my colleagues noticed how hard it was to tell fact from fiction on Twitter. The credibility of news organizations can’t be denied during breaking news. If nothing else, the assignment desk should be able to engage with the Twitter community. The Desk could serve as the gatekeeper and vet the information, and tweet up to the minute news.

I personally like the idea of the reporter tweeting breaking info from the field, but it can be challenging when news is changing rapidly, and the weather isn’t ideal. Reporters must also concentrate on news gathering, and twittering can be a distraction.

If a reporter has a strong Twitter presence, it can be a great way to publicize his/her story of the day or when s/he is going live. Jim Long (@newmediajim), a NBC network photojournalist does a great job of interacting with the public especially before his camera is live.

For this storm, the Twitter/MSM community did a relatively good job of information sharing with a special thanks to Grayson Daughters, Steve Burns, and Tessa Horehled.

MostlyMedia shared these thoughts:

Just as the TV news stations will have “EVEN MORE” coverage throughout the day, online communications gurus will continue to use Twitter throughout this ongoing natural disaster in Georgia.

GlobalValue breaks down the Twitter timeline:

About 6 a.m. Monday, Steve Burns, a freelance journalist near Atlanta, sent out a note on Twitter:

“WSB: Boil water advisory in Douglas County. #atlfloods”

An hour later, Atlanta blogger Grayson Hurst Daughters tweeted from her @spaceyg account:

“Atlanta commuters: use the hashtag #atlflood for Atlanta flood condition notices.”

She followed up quickly with a note to a local TV outlet:

“@11AliveNews, please consider using the hashtag #atlflood in your Tweets! That way all the notices can be indexed/RSS’d. Tx!”

The tag set the tone for an organized, findable stream of aggregated content that helped Atlantans and their friends stay informed as the rain kept falling, killing at least 6 people, swamping interstates and causing major delays at the airport. The Georgia governor declared a state of emergency in 17 counties.Maybe I’ll be in the middle of the action next time.

Although I missed this one, I really didn’t because all of the news was just a tweet away. If the news biz calls me back, maybe I’ll catch the next storm.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


by Amani Channel

I have to confess, it’s weird watching all of the Atlanta flood coverage on TV. Especially since my neighborhood is high and dry. Part of me misses being in the middle of the action, the other half is thankful that I’m not having to slosh around in the disaster areas to share the misery.

Last summer I spent many days on the road covering the tropical storms and hurricanes throughout the gulf coast for the now defunct HDNews. I was talking to Mario Page who was the freelance cameraman I worked with, and if HDNews was still around, I’m sure we would have been covering this disaster together.

Storms aren’t any fun when it comes down to it.

This is how a reporter prepares:

The HDNews version:

Monday, September 21st, 2009


Amani Channel

There’s nothing like chasing a storm. If you follow the trail, you can catch the wrath of mother nature. Days of rain will cause it to be swept away.

My colleague Mario Page covered the Atlanta storm (#atlstorm) for the Associated Press, The Weather Channel and MSNBC. Here’s a sample of the floodwaters:

In days past I would have been out braving the elements, chasing the torrents. This year, I sat and watched as a spectator, thinking back to the 12 hour shifts, the wet socks and the aftermath. Take a moment to think about the lives were changed in an instant in Atlanta and in storms past.

This week I'll feature some of My Urban Report weather episodes.

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