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Jamillah Knowles | 10:04 UK time, Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Hello all!

This week on Outriders there's a number of things to do. So I suggest you have a listen to the ­podcast and formulate a plan of action!

cate.jpgFor starters I had a great chat with Cate Sevilla. She's an online journalist, blogger and editor in chief of Bitchbuzz dot com. She's running some classes called ­Oh My Blog! to share her experience face to face and also point out that some of the relationships between mainstream media, PR and bloggers are broken.

bcs66thisone.jpgSo, once you have those lessons marked down, it's time to move on to a little short form film-making. 3 to 5 minutes long and your topic is "­How digital technology changed my life". I'm sure you must have something on that topic. It's being run by BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT and Sheffield Doc Fest. Sean Coleman is a writer/producer and he's helping to inspire people who want to enter the competition.


66ah.jpgFor those of you marking Ramadan, you may want to explore the world of Islamic search engines. The field still has a few glitches it seems but there's plenty to be explored not just for Islam, but onward through many other religions if the right algorythm is established. The newly apppointed Editor of ­The Next Web Middle East, Ahmed F Al-Shegra gave me the low down on the good search.


66heather.pngIf you are putting all of this in your schedule then be sure to make room to also use your tech skills to help Pakistan. Heather Blanchard is the co-founder of Crisis Commons. If you're not sure that computer skills can help in a world crisis when you are miles and miles away - then listen closely, Heather will put you right.
Thanks to @tenbus_uk on Twitter for pointing us in this direction.

That's more than enough to keep you all busy until next week. If you are also working on your own projects or you have seen something utterly amazing online that you need us to get into - then get in touch.
Drop me an email at Outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, say hi on Twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders, or search for us on Facebook where we often post pre-production notes and questions.


jk-thumb-240x240.gifUntil next week!
~ Jamillah

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