Thousands of Students to be Trained as Citizen Journalists in Gulf (Video)
Interview with STREAM founders Philippe Cousteau and Casi Calloway
As anyone who's followed our commentary of the BP Gulf spill (and how could you miss it?) knows, one of the primary difficulties in telling the story of the disaster was simply getting access to it. Incidents aplenty where journalists were turned away, blocked off, even threatened with severe fines for attempting to cover the impacted areas. And now, the mainstream media is fast losing interest in the story altogether, and moving on. But the problems in the Gulf aren't. So, ocean activist Philippe Cousteau helped launch STREAM - STudents Reporting Environmental Action through Media - to give thousands of students the education and materials they need to become citizen journalists, and to ensure that the continuing saga of the US's worst environmental catastrophe continues to be told. Here's how he's going to do it:I caught up with Cousteau and Calloway at this year's Clinton Global Initiative, and they held forth on the importance of good journalism in the Gulf, and on the difficulties faced in covering the BP spill. First, above Cousteau gives a 30-second synopsis of STREAM.
And here's the good stuff -- this is why STREAM, and efforts like it, are so important:
Here's Cousteau and Calloway on why local reporters can often be better than national ones, and how BP made their lives miserable:
Finally, to end on a positive note, here's Cousteau talking about the disaster inspiring kids to take up journalism, and getting motivated to act to protect their homes:
It's an inspiring project indeed -- check out EarthEcho International for more details.
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