Multimedia for Social Change

KIWA Final Presentation
December 10, 2009, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Reflections

So we finished all that we set out to do, with a few minor changes left.
Here is the final presentation we gave re: our project!

The final KIWA blog and video can be viewed here:


KIWA Blog Update
November 24, 2009, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Reflections

KIWA blog viewable here:

We have updated the header to feature KIWA’s logo, removed test posts, added sidebar content, and overall populated the blog with more information. So the blog is pretty much complete.

The blog now features:

  • a subscribe section in the sidebar, where readers can subscribe to the blog and receive KIWA updates in their inbox
  • an “About KIWA” page
  • a “Current Campaign” page featuring information on KIWA’s Campaign for Fair Housing and Redevelopment
  • an “About the Writers” page
  • a “Get Involved” page, with the content copied directly from KIWA’s website
  • a “Contact Us” page, with basic address, telephone, and email information
  • an Events Calendar section in the sidebar, where KIWA’s 5 upcoming events from Google Calendar are listed
  • and a Links section, where KIWA’s other online presences are listed
  • an example post with content from the recent November newsletter! (Holding Oriental Mission Church Accountable)

Becky also went into the blog’s back-end and started modifying some of the pages to include more content — you can see the picture she uploaded and the mini-bio she wrote in About the Writers.

I also linked their blog on KIWA’s Wikipedia page.

Currently, I’m still in the process of finding other people who blog about social issues + Koreatown. I’ve only found food blogs so far, so we’ll see. 🙂

Above the Influence – “Dog”
November 13, 2009, 1:04 am
Filed under: Reflections

Here’s the anti-drug dog commercial that we couldn’t find earlier:

Now I’m looking up at all kinds of anti-drug commercials. An interesting meth one embedded behind the cut, as well as a scary one.

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KIWA Update
November 12, 2009, 10:23 am
Filed under: Reflections

So yesterday, Amanda and I went to KIWA’s base and trained 3 staff members (Joyce, Becky, and Jang Woo) to use the blog. Everyone picked it up fairly quickly and seemed to have fun with it. They learned how to make and manage posts and pages, as well as embed YouTube videos, upload and place images, as well as make polls.

Because of availability, we weren’t able to train every staff member, but the 2 organizers were able to participate, which was great because we believe that they will be the ones writing the bulk of the updates.

Visiting KIWA Today
November 11, 2009, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Reflections

Amanda and I will be visiting KIWA in a bit to do some basic WordPress training. We have created a blog for the organization at

Here is a quick message we wrote for Joyce to send to KIWA staff members regarding the training:


Thank you for your time and for working with us on our multimedia project. As you already know from Joyce, Amanda and I are doing a 2-part project, which includes creating a blog and promotional video for KIWA, as well as training the staff in how to use the blog and produce videos.

The idea is that with these new skills, KIWA staff will be able to personally produce, publish, and disseminate content. We believe that these skills will really benefit the organization, as staff members will be able to provide coverage of their events and keep interested community members updated on campaign progress on a consistent basis. KIWA staff could also use the blog to make announcements and invite potential volunteers to upcoming events and activities to further campaign goals. Our primary hope in setting up a blog and training staff members is to provide KIWA with a platform with which they could self-publish information quickly and easily, as well as potentially engage in discussions with their readers.

The training for blog use will proceed as follows:
1. Setting up WordPress accounts for all staff members who will be writing for the blog. Giving them all access to the new KIWA blog.
2. Walking through the back-end of
3. Creating and managing Posts + Pages.
4. Working with comments.
5. Going over extra blog features, e.g. creating polls.
6. Going over other WordPress features, e.g. site statistics, adding new writers, etc.

KIWA – Update on Progress
November 5, 2009, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Reflections

So Amanda pretty much explained our situation in her most recent post. Things are not going too smoothly where the cooperation of KIWA’s IT guy is needed — there is definitely some miscommunication happening here. We are hoping to receive some input as to how to proceed when we meet up later today.

As Amanda mentioned, KIWA’s IT guy is not sold on giving us access to a subdirectory on KIWA’s server, with primary concerns being cost. Probably has something to do with their webhost (and not meeting the minimum requirements?). So for now, we’re hoping to proceed with alternative plans, which is either 1) set up the blog on, or 2) temporarily host it on a server we do have access to… and then move on from there (this is what we hope to discuss in class).

So without further ado, here are some things we’ve thrown together for the blog thus far:
Recreated KIWA’s logotype and trademark/image in Illustrator — so now we have a scalable vector logo to work with. Might add some color later on.

Drafted a comprehensive of what the blog could potentially look like. Pretty standard for now. Might change the header up to be more exciting later on. Didn’t really go too crazy with this draft… seeing how hosting the blog will end up first… because that will really effect whether or not the blog template will be customizable.

And in other news, as Amanda posted about in detail, the video is going really well. Looking forward to going over the interviews we recorded yesterday. It was my first time interviewing people, so I was a total newb when it came to gathering the soundbites we wanted, but Amanda really owned it, and we ended up with some pretty neat footage. And we also have the opening screen (the bumper) created already… so it’s going to be cool seeing the video come together.

KIWA – Update on Progress
October 29, 2009, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Reflections

So we met up with Joyce yesterday to further discuss the project. Since our last post, there have been some adjustments to our timeline —

We have decided to work on the blog + video concurrently, rather than finishing up the blog before starting the video. This sets our new schedule at:

November 4, 2009

  • get FTP access to subdirectory
  • collect all KIWA video footage that we wish to use
  • start interviews with KIWA staff

November 11, 2009

  • have WordPress installed and set up
  • teach KIWA staff how to use WordPress
  • finish up interviewing KIWA staff

December 2, 2009

  • have video done and uploaded onto YouTube
  • teach KIWA staff how to produce and publish their own videos

So far, Joyce is still discussing with their IT person to set up the new subdirectory. She said to give it another week, and if we aren’t able to move forward in this area, we will consider the following ideas:

  • making it a campaign blog, rather than KIWA’s general purpose video blog
  • hosting the blog on or instead of KIWA’s own server