Associated Press: Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges

Associated Press: Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges. “In recent election cycles, Black church congregations across the country have launched get-out-the-vote campaigns commonly referred to as ‘souls to the polls.’ To counteract racist voter suppression tactics that date back to the Jim Crow era, early voting in the Black community is stressed from pulpits nearly as much as it is by the candidates seeking their support. But voter mobilization in Black church communities will look much different in 2020, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic that has infected millions across the U.S. and has taken a disproportionate toll on Black America.”

CNET: Snapchat says it’s helped over 1 million people register to vote

CNET: Snapchat says it’s helped over 1 million people register to vote. “The popular app, known for its disappearing messages and face filters, estimates 56% of the people it helped register this year are first-time voters and nearly 65% are between 18 and 24. For the 2020 election, Snapchat parent company Snap said it’s created tools to help people register to vote, learn about voting options and make a plan to cast their ballot.”

University of Washington: Who’s tweeting about scientific research? And why?

University of Washington: Who’s tweeting about scientific research? And why?. “Scientists candidly tweet about their unpublished research not only to one another but also to a broader audience of engaged laypeople. When consumers of cutting-edge science tweet or retweet about studies they find interesting, they leave behind a real-time record of the impact that taxpayer-funded research is having within academia and beyond.”

Penn State: Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster

Penn State: Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster. “The National Park system has been referred to as one of America’s national treasures. A team of Penn State researchers in the department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and the Social Science Research Institute, report that mining tweets about the park may open up a rich vein of information that could lead to better service for park visitors while still protecting these national treasures and their wildlife.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Ya Fav Trashman’ gives an inside look at Philly trash pickup on Instagram and the city is listening

Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Ya Fav Trashman’ gives an inside look at Philly trash pickup on Instagram and the city is listening. “As the controversy over delays in Philadelphia’s trash collection began to mount in June, sanitation worker Terrill Haigler heard residents’ anguished and, (this is Philly) sometimes angry, cries about the garbage piling up on city streets. ‘People were yearning for an understanding and an answer to why their trash is the way it is,’ he said. So he created an Instagram account — @YaFavTrashman — to give people ‘an inside look at the daily habits of a trashman,’ a profession he believes is ‘“probably the most underrated job in America.'”

GCN: The power and danger of social media for law enforcement

GCN: The power and danger of social media for law enforcement. “Social media can help spread information rapidly to community members, which can be useful during public safety emergencies and natural disasters. It can also reduce the time it takes for first responders to get the important information they need, such as location coordinates to help a person in danger. If crucial information needs to be communicated quickly, a text message is often the channel of choice. According to the Pew Research Center, 98% of text messages are read within two minutes — a time savings that can literally mean the difference between life and death in an emergency.”

Phys .org: Teen museum educators increase engagement, learning, in tween visitors

Phys .org: Teen museum educators increase engagement, learning, in tween visitors. “Do you want to get the most out of a museum and encourage your child’s interest in STEM? Try interacting with a teenaged museum docent. Research led by investigators from North Carolina State University and the University of Exeter in the U.K. has found that youth docents have an overall positive effect on visitors’ experiences, learning and information retention at informal learning sites. The positive effects accrued across age groups regardless of museum type, but were most apparent in children ages 9 to 11.”

The Jewish News: New Website Easily Connects Voters to Their Elected Officials

The Jewish News: New Website Easily Connects Voters to Their Elected Officials. “Contact My Politician allows users to simply type in their street address, which immediately brings up all their elected officials. The users can then send a written or video message to one or many of those officials, with any comments, questions or concerns they may have about pressing political topics. The politician is notified through the platform of any messages from their constituents, and they’re able to respond through the platform in both written and video form, as well. There’s also a portion of the website geared toward nonprofits, which allows the nonprofit to write a form letter in support of a specific position or initiative.”

Jerusalem Post: US members of Congress use social media more than ever before – study

Jerusalem Post: US members of Congress use social media more than ever before – study. “US members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, are more involved on social media platforms than ever before, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis published on Thursday. The analysis is based on a database of every tweet and Facebook post from members of Congress since 2015. It concludes that the congressional social media landscape has undergone vast changes in recent years.”

Times Higher Education: Creating and supporting digital archives to improve access and research

Times Higher Education: Creating and supporting digital archives to improve access and research. “Now more than ever, there is a demand for universities to make available content in digital form from archives and collections that include books, primary sources and multimedia material. However, the cost of this type of digital transformation is considerable. To make the job easier, Jisc, the UK education and research technology solutions not-for-profit, is bringing together libraries, publishers and academic institutions to make digital collections more accessible.”

Public Technology: Government turns to Instagram to seek policy guidance from teenagers

Public Technology (UK): Government turns to Instagram to seek policy guidance from teenagers. “The government has unveiled a new Instagram page through which it wishes to garner policy guidance from teenagers and young adults. The ‘Involved’ account will use the photo-sharing site’s polling and stories functions to ask questions related to ‘decisions made at the heart of government’. The government wishes to hear the responses of young people aged between 13 and 25.”

EurekAlert: Meet the superusers who hold together health social media

EurekAlert: Meet the superusers who hold together health social media. “Online health communities help people to self-manage certain aspects of their long-term conditions better through harnessing support and knowledge held by other users in the network. They are mostly run on a voluntary basis by their users. Superusers (the 1 per cent highly active users) play a central role in these communities as a result of the characteristics of their online activity and their constant engagement.”

ArtNet News: In a Post-COVID World, What Museums Do Outside Their Walls Will Become as Important as What They Put on Them

ArtNet News: In a Post-COVID World, What Museums Do Outside Their Walls Will Become as Important as What They Put on Them. “That this sector attracts 2.5 times the population of the US each year is remarkable in itself. But the economic impact of museums extends far beyond what happens inside their buildings. Collectively, according to a 2017 report from the American Alliance of Museums, these organizations contribute more than $50 billion to the GDP, generate $12 billion in tax revenue, and produce over 725,000 jobs—double that of the professional sports industry. In the wake of COVID-19, the size and impact of this economic footprint means that the health and vibrancy of our cities and communities is closely tied to the fate of museums.”

Rappler: While on lockdown, Ayala Museum goes online – and on Animal Crossing

Rappler: While on lockdown, Ayala Museum goes online – and on Animal Crossing. “It was a strange thing to do in the middle of a pandemic – fix one’s things, put on a Filipiniana outfit, and wait anxiously at the airport a full 30 minutes before a scheduled flight. It either makes sense or becomes stranger, perhaps, after I tell you that I’m doing this with a Nintendo Switch as ‘Bea,’ my Animal Crossing New Horizon character (who, unlike this author, sports a cool shade of pink on her tresses). Inside my island’s airport, I was waiting for my Dodo Code, a 5-character code that’d bring me to Flotus, an island that was playing host to the Ayala Museum’s days-long ‘Island Exhibition,’ part of several events to celebrate International Museum Day.”

Christie’s: What are museums — and their directors — doing now?

Christie’s: What are museums — and their directors — doing now?. “As the world celebrates International Museums Day, we talk to four directors across the globe about loans and exhibitions, the future of blockbusters, donations, digital innovations, inclusivity, connectivity and ‘the duty to safeguard great art’”