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Hyperlocal Journalism Connecting Global Communities

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Here’s another thing that blogs are great at: uniting communities that are an ocean apart. Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Ruthie Ackerman, who founded the blog Ceasefire Liberia to report stories from Liberia and ex-pat Liberian communities around the world, including one right here in New York in Staten Island.

“The idea for me was that I wanted to dispel the myth of the single story,” Ackerman said. “So I didn’t like this idea from journalism that you have one person, the journalist, the authority that comes and tells the world about an individual or a community and I wanted the people within the communities that I was writing about to share their stories and share their voices as well.”

Since its inception in May, Ceasefire Liberia has drawn notice of Liberians around the world and had helped them start a dialogue about topics and ideas that are important to them. Check it out and listen in to today’s menu to see how hyperlocal journalism and community involvement can start a movement.

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Another Round of Layoffs at Forbes

Forbes+Logo.jpgAllThingsD is reporting that another round of layoffs is on the way at Forbes and more than 50 people will be let go from both the business and editorial side. You may recall the last two rounds of cuts — during which ForbesAuto.com was shuttered — were mainly the result of the web and print operations being consolidated. As Peter Kafka points out, however, there can’t be much reason for this week’s cuts “beyond the fact that the miserable economy has been especially rough on magazines in general and business titles specifically.”

Keith Kelly has the names of a number of people let go including: “Ronda Kass, an art director, and Kasia Moreno, an editorial director. On the dot-com side, Mitchell Martin, head of the breaking-news department, is out along with three of his reporters, Alex Davidson, Lisa LaMotta, and Ruthie Ackerman.” As well as Stewart Pinkerton, one of the five managing editors, whose retirement last week may have been encouraged.