City University students and Baghdad Blogger launch London news website

City University London students including Salam Pax, the Baghdad Blogger, have launched a new website called Mind the Globe at http://mindtheglo.be/.

City University London students including Salam Pax, the renowned Baghdad Blogger, have launched a new website called Mind the Globe at http://mindtheglo.be/.


Nearly 50 students from 30 countries, studying City’s MA in International Journalism, have launched the website as part of their “Remember the 37” campaign. The campaign is aiming to raise awareness of the 37 countries globally worst hit by the current food crisis.

 

The website features a collection of multimedia resources including video, radio, blogs, news, lifestyle, opinion and features, all designed to bring an international perspective to the capital. Pax who posted from Baghdad during the Iraq war, will be blogging about today’s Iraq on the website.

Foreign news covered on the site will be analysed by the site’s writers for its impact on Londoners.

 

Anouk Lorie, editor of Mind the Globe, says: “All the students live and study in London, meaning that we can give a truly fresh and international perspective. It’s very exciting to have Salam on board as he is such a respected authority in the blogosphere.”

 

“Remember the 37” has been created partly to raise awareness about the rising cost of food and the subsequent crises it is creating in some of the world’s poorest countries. Pax says: “According to a study released last year by the United Nations Development Programme, more than one third of Iraqis live in poverty. The rise in price of even the basics like rice mean more pressure on a society which is already living in unacceptable conditions.”

 

Professor Adrian Monck, Head of the Department of Journalism and Publishing at City University London, says: “Who better to report about and campaign on issues from a global perspective than students of international journalism? Londoners will hopefully find Mind the Globe’s take on their city refreshing, interesting and challenging.”


Date of Article: 29/05/2008

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