“Involving Citizens In Emergency Preparedness And Response” Workshop In Istanbul

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The tentative schedule for the COSMIC “Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response Workshop”, to be held in Istanbul is now ready. 

Involving Citizens in Emergency Preparedness and Response
International Workshop
Location: Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul
Date: September 4, 2014; Thursday

For further information about the workshop, please click here or here

If you are interested in attending the conference, please register from this link. Registration is free.

COSMIC Report on Citizens’ Involvement in Crises

COSMIC (Contribution of Social Media in Crisis Management) project partners MixLab at Koç University and Hellenic Rescue Team has drafted a report on Citizens’ Involvement in Emergency Communications. The report seeks to examine the various roles that citizens may have in communications during emergencies. Also, the report maps the relationship between the use of different types of media and communication technologies—including mass media, as well as new media technologies—and citizens’ involvement in emergency communications as,

  1. potential or actual volunteers (first responders) who may aid emergency response and rescue;
  2. as social activists who may utilise online networks to organise, coordinate, collaborate or mobilise during political crises; and
  3. as citizens who report on emergencies and political crises.

With respect to the role that citizens may play as first responders, the report focuses on how various communication media are utilised by response organisations and government agencies to identify, recruit, network with and train citizens.  In order to accomplish this goal, the partners engaged in an in-depth analysis of citizen awareness programs and volunteer recruitment and training processes in four different countries:  Turkey, Italy, United Kingdom, and Greece.

The report also discusses social activism as a form of citizen involvement in crises (predominantly political crises). Particularly, the section on social activism discusses  how social activist formations use media to recruit members and/or form networks, communicate ideas, and coordinate action.

Finally, regarding the role that citizens can play as reporters/journalists during emergencies and crises, discuss  issues related to news selection processes, types of coverage (commentary vs. news), types of sources used by citizen journalists and citizen journalists’ perceptions regarding issues like reliability of information. In order to do so, the report summarises findings from  a content analysis of the articles published by citizens who reported about four emergencies/crises and online interviews conducted with a sample of citizens whose reports were content analysed.

Click Here for a copy of the report.

Position at MAVA: Media Lab Technician

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts is looking for a Media Lab Technician who will oversee the utilization of audio-visual equipment at Koç University.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Check in and check out audiovisual equipment (cameras, video recorders, sound recording and lighting) to students and faculty and ensure that equipment are returned on time and in proper conditions.
  • Maintain and monitor cameras, printers, computers, studios, and lighting equipment.
  • Keeping an inventory of media production equipment, software and computers.
  • Providing support to faculty members in media production classes and projects.
  • Assisting students and faculty in equipment demonstrations and set-up.

Qualifications:

  • Must be proficient with Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop, Flash, and Illustrator), FinalCut Studio.
  • Proficiency in web design is a plus.
  • Should be a quick learner and be able to independently familiarize him/herself with new equipment and software.
  • Must have an undergraduate degree in or should be experienced in video and photography production.
  • Must be able to multitask and stay organized.
  • Must be proficient in English.
  • Ideal candidate will be articulate, attentive and takes initiative.
  • Must be able to lift approximately 10-12Kg