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Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Rhyen Coombs

About Me: 

I'm a former editor for World Pulse, where I helped develop and launch PulseWire in 2007. Now, I'm a freelance multimedia reporter and producer in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I recently finished my studies at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. While there, I focused on photography, videography and online initiatives, learning to tell stories and reach communities in new ways as journalism struggles to find its place in a shifting media world.

A bit more about me – this summer, I completed a News21 fellowship with the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, where I led a team of five to develop BARThood.org, on community and mass transit in Bay Area neighborhoods. I've produced multimedia for the Center for Investigative Reporting and The Chauncey Bailey Project, and taught social media workshops for the Knight Digital Media Center. My master's thesis “Foreclosed,” documenting items left behind in California foreclosures, received the 2009 Dorothea Lange Fellowship for photography. My work has appeared in several Bay Area publications, as well as AlterNet, China Digital Times and NBC.

I'm always looking for new projects and ideas, so if you have a story you think should be covered, or would like to collaborate, say hello, or find me on my website at http://rhyencoombs.com.

My Passions: 
The feeling of my eyes behind the camera, and new stamps in my passport.
My Challenges: 
Keeping up with the latest news and innovations on Twitter and in my feedreader before they catch up with me! Knowing when to say no.
My Vision for the Future: 
A new kind of journalism, an all-inclusive model for storytelling, giving voice and sharing information. I am excited about the possibilities for change, as journalism moves to embrace transparency, community and collaboration.
My Areas of Expertise: 
multimedia, photography, video, web content creation and production; social media & Web 2.0; anthropology, women's rights, human rights
My Languages: 
English, Spanish

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