N is from a city in Sudan. I met her during our training course in Cairo. N was a media student for two weeks and I had to opportunity to know her well. In Sudan, N has a reputation as a hard-working and warm-hearted activist. Her loud voice was heard and noted by the UN and the international community, but was largely ignored by the Sudanese government. Until she witnessed corruption and spoke too loudly.
M is a Sudanese activist living in Cairo. As a young man in Sudan M was kidnapped, forced to join the military, and punished for refusing to learn bomb-making tactics. Years later M was released and built a life in Sudan. Yet he was seized again and tortured by the government. He bribed his way to freedom, sold his house, and fled to Cairo. Now he’s running out of money. M faces a choice between selling a kidney and becoming a suicide bomber.
Next week KoPoint will launch Season II, a series of programs engineered to boldly expand the scope and ambition of the KoPoint network.
- We will launch a new website and CDN, hosted on Rackspace and managed by ZippyKid.
- We will officially launch the KoPoint Newsletter (though we floated a few beta-balloons last week).
- We will launch a full series of podcast episodes by some of media’s new thought-leaders.
- We will roll out our presidential campaign coverage as a political podcast and blog, American Conversation. Along with our friends @Urtak and the Talk Radio News Service, KoPoint will report live from the Democratic and Republican conventions, then through the remainder of the campaign.
- We will attend and report live from the New York City Comic Con.
- We will report live from Southern Sudan and Darfur.
- We will launch mobile and technology platforms that refine and expand KoPoint’s mission.
KoPoint Season I was great. We launched a ton of great shows with great people and learned how to make programs on a regular basis. Our sponsors and underwriters – SumAll, SoundCloud, and Callisto.fm – have all been tremendously supportive and understanding of our mission.
And finally, on a personal note: you dudes have been great. The KoPoint audience kicks ass. Our audience is small, loyal, and growing. The KoPoint audience is smart, and not one bit afraid of telling me what we’ve done right, and how we can improve. I know that sounds like a pander, but it couldn’t be more true and I couldn’t do this without you.
Next week KoPoint will launch Season II and I couldn’t be more excited!
KoPoint: Our victory is imminent.
My name is Dan Patterson and I’m a broadcast journalist and technologist in New York City. This is my SoundCloud Community Fellowship audio introduction. I’d like your help in sending me and a small team of journalists to Darfur and Southern Sudan.
In October 2012 I will return to Southern Sudan and Darfur to report on the human rights crisis and the new state of Southern Sudan. I am credentialed at the United Nations via the Talk Radio News Service and will also visit several UN outposts in Juba, Southern Sudan. I would like to continue a story that began with a trip to the Sudan in 2008. Along with a group of talk radio hosts, I visited and reported live from some of the worst crisis areas using social and broadcast media. Our group purchased slaves deep in the bush, visited camps of Internally Displaced Persons, and interviewed Salva Kiir, the President of the breakaway nation. Fast-forward four years and Southern Sudan is an independent state and the war has intensified. In 2008 I used audio to tell the story and share the sounds of the people. With SoundCloud’s help, in October of 2012 I would like to follow up on the status of returned slaves, speak again with Salva Kiir, and tell the stories of the people of an emerging nation.
For details on this project please use the contact form on my website.