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  1. 2. <ul><li>Central Asia civil journalism project : </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Kyrgyzstan </li></ul><ul><li>Uzbekistan </li></ul><ul><li>Tajikistan </li></ul><ul><li>Turkmenistan </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>“ neweurasia   is a network of weblogs coordinated and written by bright young individuals from Central Asia together with their peers around the globe ” . </li></ul><ul><li>neweurasia has many faces, but one uniting aim: bringing together young, committed people from around the world in the hope of offering these young thinkers space to publish their ideas on Central Asia and being heard ” . </li></ul><ul><li>Ben Paarman, 27 y.o., the founder. </li></ul><ul><li>a former student of  Development Studies  at  Cambridge University   </li></ul><ul><li>and Development Economics at  SOAS . </li></ul><ul><li>C urrently resides in The Hague / Netherlands, where works </li></ul><ul><li>as a political analyst focusing on emerging markets. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact B en at ben @ neweurasia . net </li></ul><ul><li>http :// / </li></ul>
  3. 4. Who were we? <ul><li>Founded in 2005 by US and EU students to report from and on Central Asia; </li></ul><ul><li>Original principle: one country, one blog; main site as the «hub»; </li></ul><ul><li>T eamed up with Transitions Online (TOL, Media NGO from Prague) in 2006, employed «bridge bloggers» - paid bloggers who head the country sections; </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by Hivos and OSI. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Who are we? <ul><li>Strong voice of bloggers writing what they think important in 3 languages (Russian, English, local) and being quoted by foreign blogs and media; </li></ul><ul><li>6 language s and county different pages; </li></ul><ul><li>Main site as a significant starting point and a «hub»; </li></ul><ul><li>Great team!! </li></ul>
  5. 6. Weekdays, weekends <ul><li>Chris and Ollie are having a ‘polite’ discussion about site re-launch </li></ul>
  6. 7. Achievements <ul><li>Steady news flow, increasing visitor numbers, launch of Russian and Kazakh/Kyrgyz/Uzbek/Tajik language versions; </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter launch in English and Russian; </li></ul><ul><li>B locked in Uzbekistan since summer 2006; </li></ul><ul><li>Altogether 50+ training sessions, seminars and conferences (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) reaching 600+ people; </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Best Blog’ contest, specific country highlights, mainstream media attention. </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Training sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Unique pageviews </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>International audience </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan blogs dominant </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Current technological limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-install Wordpress hard to maintain; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Few (useful) «Web 2.0» features; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No clear navigation between languages; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can we highlight the various forms of content we have? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Difficulties <ul><li>Are we a blog? A news-site? A webzine? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do we publish for? Central Asia or Europe/US? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s our editorial mission? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make sure there is real dialogue between the readerships? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we retain our position as the «region’s premier blogging network»?  </li></ul><ul><li>Do we want to «spin off» successful local language blogs into separate and independent projects? </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, where will we be in one year’s time? </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Modifying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New one-installation Wordpress blog hub uniting all different country sections; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More «newsy» look, clear hierarchy of stories; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New theme-based navigation; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better and cleaner photo, video and podcast integration; </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Before Christ, i.e. summer 2009
  13. 14. After the re-launch
  14. 15. After the re-launch
  15. 16. Modifications: tech/managerial <ul><li>Change towards more «quality blogging» - original stories + exclusive photo/video content; </li></ul><ul><li>Clear hierarcy : </li></ul><ul><li>Managing editors (Russian, English) </li></ul><ul><li>Country editors (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) </li></ul><ul><li>BridgeBloggers </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers; </li></ul><ul><li>Better integration with diff.types of media: developing stories out of blog posts, offering monetary and development rewards to bloggers; </li></ul><ul><li>More translations -> more flow of information between the different audiences; </li></ul><ul><li>Day-by-day development and exchange : newsletter, sharing results, real team work!! (twitter, flickr, etc.) </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Gmail </li></ul><ul><li>Gtalk </li></ul><ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Sms </li></ul>Weekdays, weekends
  17. 18. <ul><li>Showcasing the potential of «quality» citizen media by compiling and editing a book of 60-odd best posts </li></ul><ul><li>Further monitoring of the local blogospheres and cooperation with Global Voices </li></ul>
  18. 23. Blog with us! <ul><li>Interested in blogging for </li></ul><ul><li>Get in contact with Managing Board: </li></ul><ul><li>Christopher Schwartz   [email_address] for English </li></ul><ul><li>Yelena Jetpyspayeva [email_address] for Russian </li></ul>
  19. 24. Thanks to HIVOS foundation for « our happy childhood »!