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Best Practices #2: A good lead.

Standard journalistic practice, but not not one to be overlooked. My favorite recent example:

When we here about a big storm coming the lines at the grocery store inevitably grow long as people pack plastic water bottles, double a batteries, and other survival necessities. What people can’t buy in grocery stores however, is information.
Surviving a Disaster
 

Best Practices–Interviews

A number of class bloggers have mentioned using interviews within their blogs.  Michelle Jackson has given an excellent example of how this can be done with her post on Pablo Suarez (Red Cross) – Games create dialogue.

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WordPress Help (blogrolls)

WordPress is blessed with the most elaborate, and I would say user friendly help systems available. For example, to get help on your blogroll, simply go to    http://en.support.wordpress.com/blogroll/add-a-blogroll-link/ and read the accumulated wisdom.

There are two acronyms that work in WordPress and in life: KISS and RTFM.

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The Genocide Prevention Advisory Network | Genocide Prevention Advisory Network

The Genocide Prevention Advisory Network

The Advisory Group is an informal, international network of experts on the causes, consequences, and prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities. The Group has no staff, structure, or formal links to other organizations.  Its members provide risk assessments and advice to all interested parties, including the UN, individual governments, regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and any other international political grouping that designs and promotes policies aimed at preventing and mitigating mass atrocities that have or may acquire genocidal dimensions.

A useful network to keep in in mind

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Google’s Rube Goldberg Logo Celebrates the 4th of July

Google has done it again with yet another cleverly executed logo on its home page. This time, it’s in honor of the 4th of July, 2010: a Rube Goldberg machine animation that culminates in fireworks.

Rube Goldberg was an American inventor in the early 20th century. The machines that carry his name execute long mechanical chain reactions to accomplish very simple tasks like lighting a fire cracker.

Google does humor, geek-style

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Stanford Takes Lead on Conflict Minerals Issue: Trustees Adopt Groundbreaking Investment Policy

Stanford Takes Lead on Conflict Minerals Issue: Trustees Adopt Groundbreaking Investment Policy

Responding to a student-led initiative of Stanford STAND, Stanford becomes the nation’s first university to adjust its investment policy in light of conflict minerals’ role in the ongoing mass atrocities in the DRC.

Stickers were used as part of an awareness campaign on the Stanford campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release)Jun 20, 2010 – Stanford STAND: A Student Coalition to End and Prevent Genocide and Mass-Atrocities is delighted to report that the Stanford University Board of Trustees has voted in favor of the adoption of a new proxy voting guideline regarding the “conflict minerals” that sustain armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as Stanford announced Friday June 18 at http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/june/conflict-mineral …. This vote makes Stanford University the first major institution to adopt an investment policy with respect to conflict minerals. Such early leadership on a major new investment responsibility issue is unprecedented in the University’s history.
The guideline states that the University will:

“…vote in favor of well-written and reasonable shareholder resolutions that ask companies for reports on their policies and efforts regarding their avoidance of conflict minerals and conflict mineral derivatives.”

The term “conflict minerals” refers to the minerals that come from illegally controlled mines in the eastern part of the DRC. Civilians are caught in the deadly middle as armed militias struggle for control of mines and smuggling routes. According to the International Rescue Committee, over 5.4 million deaths have occurred as a result of the conflict. What’s more, because of the widespread use of sexual violence against local populations as an intimidation tactic, the DRC has been called the rape capital of the world. Fueling this conflict is the lucrative process of mining and trading minerals like tantalum, tungsten, tin, and gold.

Innovative university policies brought on by STAND student activism

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