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Globalvoices.org | 12.19.16

In Addition to Innovation, Journalism Needs Trusted Communities

Zara Rahman

D&S fellow Zara Rahman donates part of her Shuttleworth Flash Grant to the Human Rights Data Analysis Group and Global Voices.

So here’s the thing: I don’t think we need only innovative ideas or world-changing projects. We also need trust, communities, and skills. We need to strengthen and support existing infrastructure and communities. I worry that we’ve become far too fixated upon quickly implemented innovation and disruption, and that we’re taking a lot of important things for granted—things we rely upon that, unlike “innovative ideas”, take a lot of time and effort to build.

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