A Day in the Life of Columbia J-school Alumni: A Real-time Crowdsourced Photo Gallery http://bit.ly/cjalumniday
Here at Columbia Journalism School, we have been using this Posterous platform to give prospective students, alumni and others a sense of life at the J-school. You can see hundreds of those photos and videos at http://bit.ly/columbiajday.
We are now using Posterous to capture a sense of the wide-ranging, global work and life of our alumni as well. Alumni email photos from their cellphones or digital cameras and they are posted here (with minimum moderation and editing - for style, grammar, etc, by me).
In the first few hours, we received photos from Miami, Tripoli, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Chennai, Juneau and more. You can post your comments on individual items and hit Facebook Like and tweet buttons. If you'd ike to see the photos as a slideshow, go to http://cjalumni.posterous.com/slideshow
I think putting together a crowdsourced, real-time photo gallery has a lot of potential (and, indeed, is already being used) for storytelling and/or community interaction in a variety of contexts.
Many thanks to alum Jeremy Caplan for recommending I use Posterous for this. Services like it and Tumblr, are popular these days for really simple blogging. This is what the St. Paul Pioneer Press used to collect photos taken by fans at a Vikings-Packers football game on a Sunday early last season. Here's how that project worked.
Would love to hear your feedback.