The Weave

Mission and History

The Weave seeks to contribute to positive social change and the cultivation of an informed citizenry by providing critical perspectives on important stories, voices, and processes that are not receiving sufficient public attention.  Students and faculty affiliated with Prof. John Collins’ seminar on global news analysis in the Global Studies Department created the project in 2006.  They chose to name it the Weave because the word "context" derives from the Latin contextus, meaning "to weave together."  The project quickly evolved into a series of student blogs focusing on underreported news stories. Since then the Weave has featured coverage of stories such as indigenous land rights in North America, urban poverty, the outsourcing of torture, the privatization of war, the politics of transnational adoption, and threats to the world's oceans.  In addition to the blogs, the project website hosts an archive of short video responses to a series of “Big Questions” addressing global issues from the perspective of scholars, journalists, artists, activists, and members of the local community. The Weave also manages a small internship program for students interested in learning more about independent media production, citizen journalism, and the promotion of dialogue in collaboration with the university’s Global Dialogue Center.

How to get involved

The Weave welcomes contributions from St. Lawrence students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as other individuals who are committed to maintaining the project's focus on underreported stories. Individuals interested in contributing content or assisting with the project’s operations should contact john@weavenews.org.     

Project team