Clearly UnConfidential: A Conversation With Zoe Fox

March 28th, 2012 | Shonali Burke | 13 Comments

Zoe FoxWhat do you get when you take a journalism student interested in development issues and the nonprofit world, and send her to India for some hands-on experience?

What do you get when said student lands on her feet in the Big Apple, and decides to pursue a career at the intersection of new media and social good?

What do you get when you find out she now works at one of the largest media outlets around, yet still tries to reply to most, if not all, emails that are sent to her?

You get Zoe Fox, Mashable’s “social good” reporter, who primarily covers social media and sustainable technology for nonprofits.

I first “met” Zoe when I was pitching Oxfam America’s #IWD2012 campaign, and it was a delight to work with her.

I’m also intrigued by the number of young professionals who want their careers to live at the intersection of new media and social good (Harrison Kratz, the founder of TweetDrive, comes to mind immediately), so I set out to interview her.

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Scones, Sparkle and Sharing at DC’s First Social Media Breakfast

January 26th, 2010 | Shonali Burke | 10 Comments

I attended my first Social Media Club (DC) event yesterday – a “social media breakfast,” which was founded by Bryan Person (read more here) – and the inaugural event of its kind in DC.

Wow – what a great time. First of all, it was sold out (well, it was free, but if you wanted to share in the extremely tasty, hot breakfast, you had to shell out $10, which I think is a deal). Teaism‘s cup was running over, if you’ll pardon the expression, of social media maniacs. And we’re a hungry bunch, in more ways than one, so we were eager listeners when Andi Narvaez, who was running the show, kicked things off.

Speakers Geoff Livingston, Shashi Bellamkonda and Alex Howard were fabulous, as was the organization by Andi and her cohort, Rachel Rule. I had a terrific time being a “head of table,” along with Mike Schaffer – and we were even at the same table, which was great. Among others, I got to meet James Walker, Lorna Webster (all the way from Fredericksburg, Va.), Ashley Settle and catch up with Kim Oser (we were all at the same table).

Though I’d meant to post this much earlier, in a way I’m glad I didn’t get a chance to do so, because I’ve found some terrific recaps of the event, such as in Shashi’s Examiner column and Alex Priest’s excellent writeup.

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Haiti: Aftershocks of a Different Kind

January 20th, 2010 | Shonali Burke | 6 Comments

You should read this terrific post that Geoff Livingston has written for Mashable on social media lessons from the Haitian earthquake. There’s a ton of food for thought there.

But I’m following the Wyclef Jean/Yéle Haiti story closely and today saw this report in Gawker.

While I’m not jumping to conclusions (I’ll leave that to the appropriate authorities), I do think there are enough valid questions to make me think that non-profits should be extremely concerned about the long-term impact on fundraising.

Which, let’s face it, determines whether they get to carry out their mission effectively or not.

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