Haiti + Fireside International + Halogen TV
On Wednesday, I had the privilege of speaking with Luke Renner, the founder and president of Fireside International, a non-profit media company based in Haiti. He’s been in Port-au-Prince since the day after the massive earthquake there, reporting on the situation and sending back photos and videos telling the stories of what’s going on.
Luke was actually one of the first people to report the Haiti earthquake on Twitter. Since he began sending regular tweet updates from Haiti, his Twitter account has grown from a handful of followers to over 3,000.
Ann Curry of NBC News connected with Luke via Twitter and later met and interviewed him in person, calling him a “Twitter rock star.” Luke tells me that he and Curry are now scheduled to appear together at the 140 Characters conference in New York in April to discuss the role of social media in the Haiti earthquake response!
This was also my first article for the Halogen TV website. A number of my friends here in Charlotte are now working with Halogen, which produces “socially-conscious empowering entertainment.” The four major themes of Halogen programming (inspired in part, I’m told, by the writings of N.T. Wright) are justice, purpose, connection, and beauty—now, those are themes that resonate with me!
Photos courtesy of www.FiresideInternational.org