RTreporter maps issues on social media

May 11, 2012

Do you want want to monitor what are hot issues on social media? RTreporter is a handy data tool doing that. It was developed by a Dutch fund for promoting journalism in The Netherlands. The Dutch Nu.nl site already makes use of this tool.

The tool signals trends on Twitter. Different packages can be ordered that send notifications on high volume use of one ore more keywords.

My new website

May 11, 2012
I retired from IRC in early 2012 at 65, after 40 years of working in journalism, advocacy and communication. In the next few years I want to share my experience in the WASH sector from the last 30 years with the younger generation.
IRC has contracted me to still do 25 days work per year for them. In all I want to do work 50 days per year for which I have created H2O Communications and a website for it.
I hope I can do also some practical work for partners in the developing world. Skill training on storytelling in all formats with a purpose that can be linked with distant mentoring from my home.

Doctored image of the Statue of Liberty holding a glass of water and a toilet roll

April 20, 2012

Now I am retired it is about time that I start writing new posts.

Today WaterAid is releasing to media a high resolution doctored image of the Statue of Liberty holding a glass of water and a toilet roll entitled “In Water and Sanitation We Trust” designed to show the importance of these essential services. The occasion is the 100 finance and water ministers who are discussing next steps in the Sanitation and Water for All initiative this afternoon in the USA.

It is time to free millions trapped in water and sanitation poverty – Governments convene in the USA today to collaborate on investment in water and sanitation. The charity WaterAid calls for concrete actions to free the hundreds of millions from the devastating impact of dirty water and unsafe sanitation. Universal access to these basic services would save 2.5 million lives every year.

I am curious to see in which media he image will appear.

How to Use Blogsy

March 30, 2012

Welcome to Blogsy!

Let’s get started.

  1. Set up your blog by going to the Settings Menu → Service Settings. Then choose your blog platform and fill in your information.
  2. Tap on the Post Info. button to get to all post information.
    1. Current post information.
    2. Local drafts.
    3. Online posts and pages.

If you would like to Edit HTML or need to paste embed codes then just swipe with three fingers across the screen to flip to the HTML side.

Here’s a quick overview pointing out where to go to do all the things you want to do.

How-To Videos and How-To Guide

To get more information about how to use Blogsy go to “Settings” → “How-To Videos” or “How-To Guide”.

 

Fabulous music clips from my career

January 19, 2012

I had a fabulous farewell retirement party on 18 January 2012 by IRC in The Hague . A party centre turned into an Amsterdam Jazz cafe, with a DJ with jazz on vinyl, a couple of nice speeches, and an All that Jazz publication from colleagues with their music choices for me. I had my mother (turning 88) and sister (turning 70) dancing! My daughter Mirjam and brother in law where also there.

I have listened all afternoon to Cor’s “Dick de Jong Tribute Eclectic Top Twenty” that was in the publication. He also emailed me his selection from Youtube with fantastic films. He is the one and only able to link all this music clips with his highlights from my career, even with links to my sabbatical leave blog from 2004 and 2005.

The playlist has great variety from all over the world, with some classic performances and events. I you are interested you can access it from You Tube.

Enjoy, comments are welcome!

Wilbur Schramm, the FBI and CIA

January 5, 2012

Cleaning up my archive I came across a special issue of the Journal of Communication, Winter 1996, Vol.46, No. 1/ISSN 0021-9916 that triggered me rereading six academic peer reviewed papers under the theme: Symposium: The Net.

Within three pages of the review section I was flabbergasted to read the denunciation of the communication guru of my younger years (at the first School of Journalism in Utrecht, 1966-1969) Wilbur Schramm. First by Howard H. Frederick (then Emerson College) and second by Canada’s communication guru Dallas W. Smythe. Read the rest of this entry »

Sanitation project I sponsor now fully funded

September 17, 2011

The sanitation project that I sponsor in Bangladesh is now fully funded.

It is from The Max Foundation that seeks to prevent child mortality with small-scale water projects in Bangladesh. Micro-sanitation, the combination of providing wells, latrines, and hygiene education is the most effective and efficient way to fight simple but lethal diseases like diarrhea and give children a future. The Max Foundation provides micro-sanitation in Bangladesh together with the local community.

Through a really simple reporting system I’ll be getting occasional news on progress in pictures and short films.

If you are interested to follow my example check out http://www.akvo.org and pick a project. Akvo is Esperanto for water.

Mobile internet in Africa at 135 Euro per month

January 17, 2011

At my office we have lots of discussions about how we can share our free WASH content on water sanitation and hygiene water with Africa, with mobile phones spreading rapidly out there. I am always saying that most of the subscribers to our paper Source Bulletin newsletters do not have access to internet. Oh sure, I have come across the occasional NGO activist in Ghana and engineer in Nigeria that tell me to go to an Internet cafe each weekend to get our newsletter and download other relevant stuff from our site www.irc.nl. We all believe that mobile phones provide the chance for most Africans to get access to relevant content on the internet.

At the HIVOS/IICD Fill the Gap conference http://www.fill-the-gap.nl/ in Amsterdam last Friday we had some sobering news on this from Estelle Akofio-Sowah from Google in Ghana. The costs for internet access in Africa are coming down, but still costs 135 Euro per month. Google Ghana provides universities with free broadband internet access. They are introducing their android mobile phones at a price of around 38 euro.

Other challenges identified by Estelle included:

  • lack of local content
  • many local languages.

The free Friday afternoon was my first free time in my effort to reduce my workweeks in my retiring from work year.

IRC jewels then and now

January 13, 2011

I just finished three days of work at IRC in 2011, my last professional year before retiring. Various colleagues applaud my idea to start a blog with weekly posts. I call it IRC jewels then and now, sharing what I do and with what outputs, based on relevant lessons from my 30 years experience of newsletter writing and strategic marketing, communication and media work.

Part of this and my more personal observations on how I experience the gradual breaking away from my job I’ll also publish here. Today at 16:30 we had the first IRC drink with a few words for the New Year. This was the first event this year on which I can say:  this was the last one for me.

Working on a brochure on Bram Bosch

January 11, 2011

I just finished three weeks holiday at home in which I devoted a lot of time in writing a brochure on the life and paper cutting work of my great-grandfather Bram Bosch, who was a skipper on a boat doing inland transport all his life (1865-1943).

So far I completed 44 pages with text and some 25 of his paper cuttings. It will be published later this year by the W. Tj. Lever Foundation. Mr. Lever was the most famous among the Dutch artists who do paper cuttings.

Here is an example of his style, a boat cut from a letter.

For a preview on other interesting paper cuttings of my great grandfather look at my new web site that I am experimenting with on my Mac.


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