Mobile Media Toolkit

Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network

Date Awarded
Grant Period
07/01/09 to 02/28/11
Focus Areas
Journalism, Media Innovation
Knight News Challenge

Grantee Contact

  • Portland

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Katrin Verclas, MobileActive from Nieman Journalism Lab on Vimeo.

To advance the use of mobile technology to produce and distribute news and information

With more than half the world owning a mobile device, the media industry, civil society groups and citizens yearn to use the technology to create and distribute news and information. Yet they often lack the knowledge and tools necessary. The Mobile Media Toolkit will offer media production tool sets for download and use on a variety of phones across regions of the world. The toolkit will include applications for video and audio recording, a distribution tool for mobile content to social media sites and detailed how-to information that outlines what users can do with the phones they have.

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Project Team

Katrin Verclas


Katrin Verclas is the co-founder of MobileActive, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact. Verclas has written widely on mobile phones in citizen participation, civil society organizations, health and for development. She is a co-author of Wireless Technology for Social Change, a report on trends in mobile use by NGOs with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation, and author of A Mobile Voice: The Use of Mobile Phones in Citizen Media, a report supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development. She is currently a fellow at MIT's Media Lab and was a 2009 TED fellow.

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