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Yes! Magazine

Breanna Draxler

27 January 2021

Alaska, United States

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A viral campaign from Indigenous activists, TikTok creators, and documentary filmmakers led to about 6.3 million letters being sent to federal agencies encouraging them to halt fossil fuel development in the Arctic Na...

The Jakarta Globe

Meleva Thorn

Sienna Curnow

16 January 2021

Indonesia

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CekFakta is a collaborative network that fights misinformation with around 6,000 fact-checkers from major Indonesian media organizations, citizens, and academics. The group holds training sessions to help journalists ...

The Washington Post

Heather Kelly

15 January 2021

United States

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Wikipedia’s large number of volunteer editors document history in real time, while making sure different viewpoints are considered and avoiding misinformation. While other social media sites are hesitant to label unre...

Global Investigative Journalism Network

Rowan Philp

15 January 2021

United States

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Digital sleuths preserved a trove of evidence from the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by acting quickly to "scrape" and archive videos, images, and other data from social media. Investigative journalists ...

MIT Technology Review

Tanya Basu

8 January 2021

United States

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Several groups are preserving digital content related to the capital insurrection to ensure it is archived in case it gets deleted. A subreddit thread collected thousands of Tweets, Snapchats, and other videos to uplo...

The Times of Israel

Nathan Jeffay

6 January 2021

Baqa al-Gharbiye, Haifa District, Israel

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In Israel, Arab communities have welcomed those from neighboring Jewish communities into their cities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a means of "helping firm up the sluggish response to the vaccination drive among...

Autostraddle

Mari Wrobi

31 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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To promote the need to end intersex surgery, an organization launched a multi-pronged campaign that raised awareness about the potentially damaging impacts of the practice. The group used social media, created a petit...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Nawar Al Mir Ali

26 December 2020

Syria

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To help Syrian women facing the threat of "sextortion" – harassment based on threats to expose women's nude photos – Gardenia magazine's It Is Your Right campaign has encouraged 1,100 women to come forward to sue thei...

The Local

Nanna Vedel-Hertz

21 December 2020

Lesvos, Greece

Photojournalism

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People living in the Kara Tepe refugee camp find creative ways to withstand the oftentimes inhumane conditions. To supplement insufficient food rations, volunteers bake and distribute up to 400 pieces of bread a day w...

OneZero

Michael Waters

18 December 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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In the 1980s, a virtual messaging network, then known as bulletin board systems (BBSs), acted as a support group for many who were in search of peer support and reliable information as the AIDS epidemic spread. Althou...

World Politics Review

May El Habachi

17 December 2020

Egypt

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A growing #MeToo movement brought sexual assault into national dialogues, even in remote governorates, and has led to arrests and legal reforms, such as allowing sexual assault victims and witnesses to remain anonymou...

The Local

Hyunah Kim

8 December 2020

Nicosia, Cyprus

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The humanitarian organization known as Refugee Support in Nicosia, Cyrpus has been using WhatsApp to provide useful information to refugee populations during the coronavirus pandemic in addition to delivering food to ...

CalMatters

Mathew Reagan

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Maddie Beck

4 December 2020

California, United States

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From zoom workshops that teach people about the misconceptions of COVID 19, to Google docs, to Instagram profiles that shame people who are partying during the pandemic, university students are holding their communiti...

The Local

Laís Martins

27 November 2020

Utrecht, Netherlands

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To help students and others internationals who are living in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic, a Facebook group was formed that translates news reports into English. Although messaging from the governme...

The 19th

Alexis Lanza

25 November 2020

United States

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A growing number of climate activists — mostly young women — are using social media to post about sustainability and encourage others to live a greener lifestyle. While climate activism can be a slow process, people ...

Nieman Lab

Hanaa’ Tameez

24 November 2020

United States

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The NewsRun is “a daily newsletter that summarizes Pakistan’s major stories of the day." It’s helping Pakistani people stay on top of the news. Some Pakistani people who live in the country get overwhelmed with the da...

Nieman Lab

Hanaa' Tameez

20 November 2020

Brazil

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A news initiative in Brazil is tapping into the demographic of 15 to 24-year-olds by partnering with social media influencers. Ten news outlets produce journalism which is then converted into content by a diverse grou...

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Shannon Bond

12 November 2020

United States

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To reduce the spread of disinformation, Twitter labeled about 300,000 tweets with warnings that they contained "disputed and potentially misleading" information about the election between October 27 and November 11. T...

KNWA-TV

Chad Mira

9 November 2020

Springdale, Arkansas, United States

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The Springdale School District in Arkansas has turned to visual communications in order to address the needs of ESL students. The district started by hiring bilingual communication specialists who help produce multime...

Christian Science Monitor

Ann Scott Tyson

5 November 2020

United States

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College athletes created a social media and digital campaign to publish a list of health and labor demands, some of them related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also advocated for racial justice and elevated the Black ...

The New York Times

Kevin Roose

5 November 2020

United States

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Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites defended against election-related disinformation campaigns by quickly identifying and removing fake accounts and putting labels and warnings on posts that made false cla...

The New York Times

Kate Conger

Daisuke Wakabayashi

Mike Isaac

4 November 2020

United States

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Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube implemented pre-planned measures that limited the ability to use their sites to spread election-day disinformation. Twitter quickly added warning labels to election day tweets from polit...

Yes! Magazine

Amy Yee

3 November 2020

United States

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Several groups are working to counter disinformation aimed at the Black community by spreading accurate information and elevating local voices as trusted messengers. Organizations have disseminated accurate informatio...

Voices of Monterey Bay

Charlotte West

Ilyne Castellanos

23 October 2020

California, United States

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California Students Vote Project, a public-private partnership, encourages college students to vote. Covid-19-adjusted strategies include sending out multiple emails, using social media, and encouraging peer-to-peer c...

L.A. TACO

Nancy Guan

22 October 2020

San Gabriel Valley, California, United States

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Facebook groups and Asian delivery apps have helped Asian restaurants survive - and sometimes even thrive - the coronavirus lockdown in one of the largest Asian-American communities in the U.S. Food delivery apps like...

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