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January 15, 2010
Social media amplify American response to Haiti’s tragedy

In the immediate aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, Twitter and other social media sites provided some of the first information about the situation on the ground.

Professor Sree Sreenivasan (@sreenet) of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and contributing editor at dnainfo.com discusses the impact of new media with Daljit Dhaliwal.

He explains that new media proved vital in two major areas in the aftermath of the earthquake: information-gathering and coordinating an international response.

People locating friends and relatives in Haiti have used citizen journalism sites such as CNN’s iReport, as well as Twitter and Facebook. And fundraising via text messages and social media has earned millions.

For more Worldfocus coverage of Haiti, visit our extended coverage page: Haiti’s Poor.

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#4

I would like to volunteer my support for Haiti.
Please return this email request. I am not sure
who I must speak with to continue the journey to
Haiti. Thank you in advance. RMS

#3

Some countrys can never change.

#2

During President Clinton’s time as President – he tried to up grade Haiti’s infrastructure and stablize it’s government. Apparently those efforts were not successful. Having said this – this was a terrible earthquake with devastating results. But if the money and other resources provided by the then Clinton Administration would have been properly used by the Haiti government the effects of this earthquake would have been far less worse than it is. But as # 1 Secretary points out the news media (CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC) looks for the saddest places and reports with exceptional drama to make it much worse than it may actually be. Then there is the citizens running about with Machettes looting and the like – and the Military of the US and UN have said that looting was a problem before the Earthquake- in stead of helping their fellow Haitians they’re taking advantage of their own countrymens plight – so the question is – where does the job begin or end – it seems as if there is no real answer. Jim @ USA

#1

I wonder how the singals were moved out of Haiti if everything was destory.It seems that only the city proper was damage and the out laying arears were shaken up. Since the country does lived in substandard housing in the first place as a whole this would only be a city dewellar problem. Some on the news people seems to look for most sad places in the city. It is too bad that it takes a major diaster like this in poor nation largest city, to bring its problems.

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