Hello World and welcome to 2012!
In this edition of the podcast we take a look back over the year 2011, consider the similarities and differences between mainstream and new media journalism, learn about an inspiring Rising Voices meeting in Bolivia to support the development of an ethnically and socially diverse blogosphere.
We also set off on a two-wheeled journey around the internet!
For citizen journalists, bloggers and commentators everywhere, 2011 has been an extraordinary year. It’s hard to imagine a time before now when our friends and contributors faced threats, arrests or violence on such a scale. Nor has there been a year so far when we have seen such influence and change in the sphere of online citizen media. For many of our own writers and friends here on Global Voices, times are still difficult, but let's have hope for perseverance and better times ahead.
Looking back over a year of Global Voices Online is no mean feat! Our deputy editor, Emma Brewin , talks about jumping into a wild torrent of global news, and which stories stood out for her during an extraordinarily busy year.
From mainstream to new media
The Global Voices regional teams are made up of writers, bloggers and media makers of mant different types. Some, like Thiana Bondo , a Global Voices author and translator from Bahia, Brazil come from a journalistic background. Our managing editor, Solana Larsen  chatted with Thiana, who is currently based in London, about the differences between being a daily newspaper journalist in Brazil, and writing for Global Voices.
Supporting the indigenous web in Bolivia
In December, Rising Voices  hosted a three-day event in Cochabamba, Bolivia for bloggers in Bolivia. The goal was to support the development of a stronger, and more diverse blogosphere. There were workshops and presentations on both technical tools and organising strategies. The meeting was in Spanish, and was called Conectándonos  (getting connected).
Maria Mercado is a student and a volunteer who works with indigenous communities. She went to the meeting and told us what she learned. If you'd like to hear more, there is a wonderful podcast of the whole event  on Rising Voices by our managing director Georgia Poppellwell , and Rising Voices director Eduardo Avila .
Get on your bike with us!
You may think that we are separated by distance and only connected by the internet, but it seems that we also have some healthy habits in common. Ever prepared with her recording device, Solana Larsen  discussed the wonders of getting around by bicycle with Global Voices executive director Ivan Sigal . As Ivan explains, the online cycling community is a vibrant one.
Naturally this meant that I had to ask our stunt-cyclist-audio-contributors to share with us their thoughts on two wheels.
Cyrus Farivar  an American journalist currently living in Germany, and the author of “The Internet of Elsewhere ” chatted with us about cycling – directly from the seat of a bicycle. In Denmark, Maria Grabowski Kjaer  shared the sounds of the city where cycling is celebrated. Cycling for Maria is not just a mode of transport but a way of life.
Well, that wraps it up for our first podcast of the new year. We’ll be chasing audio and chatting about the world’s news and habits online throughout 2012, so do stay tuned and always let us know what you’d like to hear. For now, inspired by our two wheeled wonders, I’m off to try and learn how to ride my bike without being a danger to myself and others!
In the podcast you can hear lots of lovely Creative Commons music. Thanks to Mark Cotton for his fantastic creations and thanks also to all of the wonderful voice over performances and clips that help to glue the podcast together.