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July 17, 2012

Central Brooklyn Organizers Mine Citizen Journalism for Photo A Day Project

<a href=”http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/dnainfo.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-409″ src=”http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/dnainfo-300×224.jpg” alt=”Bk stoop” width=”300″ height=”224″ /></a> BK stoop

<strong>By Sonja Sharp </strong>

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — In the kingdom of Bedford Stuyvesant, the stoop is a throne — at least, that’s what the locals say.

“You call them stoops, we call them thrones,” tweeted resident <a href=”https://twitter.com/shannboogie”>@shannboogie</a>, aka Shannon Washington, under an <a href=”http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/tags/instagram”>Instagram</a> picture of brick-lane steps in Bed-Stuy.

Her neighborhood shoutout and dozens like it were inspired by the brand new <a href=”http://brooklynmovementcenter.org/”>Brooklyn Movement Center,</a> Bed-Stuy based community organizing group, which recently challenged residents of Central Brooklyn to document their rapidly changing neighborhoods, one picture at a time.

“The photo a day project was to change the perception of what it means to report on something,” Mary Pierre-Louis, the center’s communications organizer, said of the project. “Taking a picture of something from your perspective (as a resident), that’s just as valid as a trained reporter or journalist coming into a community and doing a report on it.”

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Inspired by the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, the challenge prompts visitors with a daily theme like “gentrification” or “kings and queens”, aggregating the results through Facebook, Twitter and<a href=”http://bedstuyphotoaday.tumblr.com/”> Tumblr.</a>

“We’re living in the digital age where people are hyper-sharing, everyone is taking photos, everyone has smartphones,” Pierre-Louis said. “We weave communications, social media and technology into everything we do.”

Beginning in Bed-Stuy in June and expanding to Crown Heights in July, the photo a day project is part of a larger tech-driven organizing push that meshes traditional community organizing tools with the apps in an iPhone. Volunteers have already spent the summer fanning out across Central Brooklyn block parties, conducting video-surveys with local residents.

“We’re doing issue identification through video surveys,” Pierre-Louis said. “Using video is more interesting. I think people are more interested in stopping and talking on camera.”

<strong>This article was originally posted on: <a href=”http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120717/bedford-stuyvesant/central-brooklyn-organizers-mine-citizen-journalism-for-photo-day-proejct”>DNAinfo.com</a></strong>

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Brooklyn Movement Center

Brooklyn Movement Center

The Brooklyn Movement Center (the “MC”) is a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing body based in Central Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and the surrounding area). We bring together residents to identify important issues in their lives, win concrete improvements in their community, and build power. The Brooklyn MC is staffed by local organizers, supported by volunteers, governed by a community-based board of directors, and guided by an advisory group made up of activists and organizers from across the city

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