To weave the world together by investigating underreported stories, highlighting alternative perspectives, and promoting grassroots media-making and critical media literacy. #WeaveNewsNow
We believe that the work of journalism is too important to be left to mainstream/corporate media outlets whose content is increasingly driven by the interests of powerful elites. For this reason, our work is grounded in the concept of citizen journalism: the idea that ordinary people can act as journalists by gathering and sharing information about what is happening in the world. Taking our name from the Latin contextus (“to weave together”), we seek to fill in the deeper context surrounding important contemporary issues by weaving together voices, perspectives, and questions that are often missing from public discussions. In the process, we seek to contribute to the essential work of helping everyone become more critical consumers of the news. #WeaveNewsNow
Who we are
Founded in 2007 at St. Lawrence University,* Weave News is a global community of citizen journalists who are committed to weaving a better world. Our organization is directed by a team of seasoned Weave News staffers who assist our contributors in sharing their work via our investigative blogs, Big Questions videography, multimedia projects, and other initiatives. #WeaveNewsNow
What we do
Investigate stories that are poorly covered, or not covered at all, by the mainstream/corporate media.
Publish smart, provocative responses from activists, artists, scholars, journalists, and local community members to a series of Big Questions of broad human importance.
Train and support students and other citizen journalists in basic techniques of multimedia reporting and media analysis.
How you can get involved
Here at Weave News, we are constantly asking ourselves one key question: What are you Weaving? If you support our mission and want to play a role in our work, we encourage you to consider Weaving with us! There are many ways to get involved. You can become a Weave News content contributor by investigating an underreported story in your community or on the other side of the world; by conducting interviews for our Big Questions project; by joining the social media discussion surrounding our content; and by making a financial contribution to help us build our citizen journalist network, support and train our contributors, and maximize the impact of our work. #WeaveNewsNow
*Views expressed on the website do not reflect the positions or viewpoints of St. Lawrence University.
Dr. John Collins (Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2000), Professor of Global Studies at St. Lawrence University, is a founder of Weave News, which began as a project in his seminar on global news analysis. He is currently serving as an Editor and as Director of Development for the organization and has been blogging about Palestine (his main area of academic research) since 2007. You can connect with him by email firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @djleftover.
Jana Morgan is a founder of Weave News as well as the Outreach Director, and has been with Weave News for 9 years. She is also the Director of Publish What You Pay - United States, a 40 member coalition of US non-profit organizations focused on creating a more open and accountable oil, gas and mining sector.
Dr. Steve Peraza earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History at SUNY-Buffalo. As an alumni blogger for Weave News, he contributes to the The Poverty Report, a blog that examines the multidimensional problem of poverty and considers ways to solve it. Dr. Peraza graduated St. Lawrence University in December 2006.
Tsewang Lama is the Project Manager of Weave News. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. degree from St. Lawrence University. Tsewang brings with her an array of experience in international education, organizational development and community outreach. In her role, she emphasizes the importance of cooperation and coalition-building in a diverse community.
Allison Paludi, a 2014 graduate of St. Lawrence University, is a contributor to the Weave and has also served as a project intern. Her time at St. Lawrence was dedicated to highlighting underreported stories, especially in the North Country, through blogging efforts as well as assisting with the Big Questions project, which ultimately led to the foundation of the Global Dialogue Center. Currently, she is working with under-resourced schools in New York after spending two years in West Africa. You can read more about her stories and insights from home and abroad at allisonpaludi.wordpress.com.
Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo is a multimedia artist and educator who sometimes poses as a guerrilla filmmaker. While at St. Lawrence University, from which he graduated in 2015, Tzintzun served as the coordinator for the Big Questions project and the Global Dialogue Center. Tzintzun is currently working closely with John Collins and Osman Mohammed Ali to develop and expand the Holot: Crossroads of Global Violence multimedia project.
Dr. Stephen Barnard (Ph.D. Missouri, 2012) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Lawrence University. As a scholar and teacher, he is interested in all-things-media, with a particular emphasis on the role of new media technologies in (citizen) journalism, culture, and democracy. Currently, he is a Social Media Director for Weave News. Follow him on Twitter at @socsavvy.
Nicole Eigbrett '14 is a writer and editor of Adopted Identities, a blog exploring transnational and transracial adoption in the United States. She also contributes as a Social Media Director for Weave News. Nicole currently resides in Boston and you can connect with her on Twitter @Nicolewhaat and by e-mail at email@example.com.
Julianne DeGuardi is a senior at St. Lawrence University and is one of the on-campus coordinators for Weave News. While studying in Spain in 2016 she contributed several stories to the Weaving the Streets project and is currently investigating and writing about the story of migrant farm workers in the North Country (northern NY state).
Christian Exoo is an Editor at Weave News and the Producer of the investigative podcast series Jim Crow on Campus. His work has appeared in Truthout, Alternet, Salon, and Extra!, the magazine of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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