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Kris Krug talks about BP oilspill and social media at Remixology

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Kris Krug knows how to fill the house. I had to look for an extra seat when I arrived, because the room was filled for Kris' presentation on the BP oilspill as part of FreshMedia’s first monthly REMIXOLOGY event. The event was moderated by the Vancouver Sun's Dig Life columnist Gillian Shaw, on the topic “Toward Cooperative Media Making: How can professional and citizen journalists collaborate?”


Kris Krug watching his slides from the TED x OilSpill Expedition, at the W2 Storyeum.

I've seen Kris speak many times before and he is an engaging speaker. It was clear from the passionate tone in Kris' voice during the presentation, that he was moved by his expedition to cover the BP Oilspill. The audience was given real 'in the street' journalism stories about meeting fishermen, local residents, and hearing how their environment, their livelihood and most importantly their Cajun culture was being threatened.

Everyone in the room was touched by the enormity of the Oilspill through the vision of Kris Krug's photographs from the streets of small towns, and flying above the ocean. One thing I've always noticed in Kris' photos is his ability to bring a common humanity to everyone he photographs, in simple terms you feel you know the person and place he is photographing.

I was at once disgusted by the oil covered ocean waters, yet awed by the beauty of the oilslick. I had to remind myself this wasn't some big abstract painting, but a real event in a real place. Hearing Kris talk in layman's terms about his real experience meant more to me than watching the many TV reports or talks from Scientists.

Kris Krug's full flickr slideshow from the TED x OilSpill Expedition.

Gillian Shaw moderated the Remixology event. She was kept on her toes by Kris and the audience when the Questions & Answers or Discussion time took place. Hands were up everywhere in the room. Some questions were about the oilspill, the US Govt, and BP's involvement in the clean up process, but many questions were about how Kris made a living travelling around the world covering events. I had to remind myself that the main topic of the event was "Toward Cooperative Media Making: How can professional and citizen journalists collaborate?"

Gillian spoke with me about supporting Freshmedia's Remixology event. She appreciates that Freshmedia is asking important questions on how citizenship journalism and traditional media who the two can co-exist and provide better content by working together.


Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun's Dig Life columnist ,( moderates at Freshmedia night at w2 storyeum.

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