Stories from December, 2010
2010 was an eventful year for Rising Voices and its community. The community bade farewell to the outgoing Director of Outreach, David Sasaki and welcomed the new Director Eduardo Ávila. In this post we look at some of the notable news of the grantees community we featured in the Rising Voices website in 2010.
The citizen journalists of Nomad Green are trying to raise awareness about the environmental degradation in their country targeting the Mongolian citizens and the global readers. They are reporting how the global warming and man made threats to environment can bring eco-catastrophe in Mongolia.
The bloggers of the virtual community Jaqi Aru, which is spreading Aymara language in internet through creation of digital media contents, have started a meme titled "The Future of the Young City of El Alto."
Rising Voices is pleased to be partnering with CIS and HIVOS to organize the third regional workshop for the "Digital Natives with a Cause?' project to take place in Santiago, Chile on February 8-10, 2011. We are now accepting applications for participants from Latin America and the Caribbean. Deadline is January 4, 2011.
Through our new community survey, we would like to ask our readers what resources from Rising Voices that you have found especially helpful and what else you would like to see incorporated. We invite you to complete this short survey to help us better understand the needs of our community.
Blogger Sara Abd Al-Maktari started as a participant in the first workshops offered by Rising Voices grantee Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques (EWMAT) in Yemen. Since then, she has volunteered to lead another round of workshops to teach women about the use of citizen media.
HiperBarrio from Colombia won the First Community Journalism Award given by Antioquia University in the category of Best Community Web platform. HiperBarrio will also receive 6 million Colombian Pesos along with the award.
Join Rising Voices on December 2 for a live chat to revisit the "Blogging Positively" Guide, an online resource for individuals and organizations to learn how to use citizen media to discuss HIV/AIDS. This chat will explore ways to make the Guide as useful as possible.
Citizen media continues to play a role in reducing stigma and bringing personal stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS to a wider audience. To commemorate World AIDS Day 2010, Rising Voices is sponsoring a live chat on December 2 to examine how we as a community can continue to support those initiatives that use these digital tools.