“Any event which is not documented or blogged about, is forgotten” - Saed Karzoun, Palestinian journalist, blogger, musician, and the founder of the Blog Bus.
The bus gathers bloggers, activists, citizen journalists together, sometimes bringing together authors who already know each other online, but who are meeting for the first time in real life.
The bus travels between regions to report on local problems: youth concerns, women's issues, unemployment, difficulties arising from the Israeli occupation, and so on.
Each author on the bus uses his or her favorite digital tool to report on the problem. In brief, we might call it a “bloggers mobile conference.”
According to Karzoun's blog, the initiative aims [ar] to unify the efforts of a dispersed group of bloggers who tend to focus on only one region – but with the blog bus can examine larger problems, together.
Through their reporting on the regions and its problems, the bloggers hope to draw attention of both the mainstream media as well as decision makers who have the abilities to improve local conditions.
Not only limited to blogging, the bus participants use photography, podcasts, Youtube videos, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, live streamed programs, and smart phone apps.
Supported by various international and local organizations, Blog Bus has received great media attention, praising their work, and highlighting its role in shedding light on the harsh reality of life in Palestine [ar].
The Blog Bus in action:
Next Steps …
The next step for the organizers of Blog Bus is to develop an app for the project, which will allow bloggers to connect directly with their blogs and publish to the Blog Bus platform. This will include photos, videos, maps, audio, and public commentary and questions, said Saed in an email interview with Rising Voices. He also adds that decision makers and influential public figures will be invited to take part in those bus tours to answer questions from bloggers in public meetings about the campaign.
All photos have been used with permission from the Blog Bus.