Rising Voices Roundup: Oct 15 – Oct 30

What we've been up to…

It's been a very busy two weeks at Rising Voices!

Thanks to BiblioWorks for the invitation to take part in a social media training with three community librarians in the department of Chuquisaca in Central Bolivia. The librarians from these rural communities are in good hands with the knowledgable and committed staff who were on hand during the day-long workshop to provide mentoring and support to the librarians who are just starting off in the world of citizen media.

We were also in London for the Mozilla Festival, a meeting place for hundreds of coders, teachers, hackers, and journalists, working to find new solutions for digital problems.  You can see the notes from one of our sessions about how groups working in the open space can collaborate more closely on the wikimedi blog: bit.ly/1adZzDD 

We have also been collaborating with the team from Global Voices Aymarata to produce audio podcasts in the Aymara language. The content is comprised of summaries of the translations of Global Voices posts reformatted and packaged for a local audience in El Alto, Bolivia to be played over Aymara-language radio stations and distributed on CDs to rural communities. Here is a short video of the digital audio recording workshop held with GV Aymara Editor Victoria Tinta and radio journalist Norma Barrancos this past week.

From the blog: 

Ecuador: Matavilela, a Literary Alternative to “Killing Time”- The digital literary magazine Matavilela specializes in essays, but also has a special interviews section called #MataPreguntas (KillerQuestions). Daniel Lucas, Matavilela's webmaster, participated in Conectándonos Ecuador.

Digital Revolution in Reverse: Syria’s Media Diversifies Offline -Though digital media was key in the uprisings of the Arab Spring, today, analog media has made a comeback. Under an Internet blackout, citizen media activists are working to spread information both abroad and inside the country, through a combination of digital and traditional methods.

Ecuador: Radialistas Launches Tutorials for Free Radio Software – Radialistas has recently launched a set of online tutorials about a variety of topics to help people use radio and open software to spread information about their communities. As part of our Conectándonos series, community manager Clara Robayo talks about the project.

Story-Making Machines: SoundCloud – Rising Voices republishes an interview conducted by Transom.org, who spoke with Evan Tenebaum, Soundcloud's audio content manager – a platform where you can freely share your sounds and listen to work made by a community of audio producers from around the world.

The VISPERA: Turning a Community of Artisans into Entrepreneurs- Highlighting artists and artisans in Paraguay, this online platform is raising awareness of this community, building a multidimensional network of craft makers, museums, cultural centers, and heritage sites.

Talking Dictionaries from Micronesia – In July 2013, the Living Tongues Institute organized another language revitalization workshop for endangered language activists from around Micronesia focusing on technology and the creation of “Talking Dictionaries” for each of the languages represented.

New Voices on Blog Action Day 2013 – Past and present Rising Voices grantee projects contributed to Blog Action Day, a global event where bloggers from around the world write about the same topic on October 16, 2013. These projects joined thousands of other bloggers to share their perspectives on the topic of Human Rights in Brazil, Niger, and Colombia.

Woodwork from Itapua, Paraguay. Message: "I love you, Take Care!" (Used with permission from the VISPERA)

Woodwork from Itapua, Paraguay. Message: “I love you, Take Care!” (Used with permission from the VISPERA)

An Unashamed Inuk, Rising Indigenous Pop Star – Inuktitut singer Kelly Fraser says, “It’s hard to explain that I’m working to save the Inuit language… No matter what people say, no matter what we’re doing, a lot of our traditional culture goes away the more we learn about the other world… I want to help and make our language stronger so we can identify ourselves.”

Are You Reporting on Public Services? Here's How You Might…- How can small-scale advocacy groups make the best use of the Internet? A recent skill share at the engine room discussed a diversity of methods for citizen reporting on public services around the world.

Resources and Tools

Here are a few tips for those looking to begin a journalism fellowship: http://bit.ly/1crT5sl

Join 400 folks to make music on the web on this MOOC from P2PU, use @SoundationST & post the music you make to @SoundCloud (starts TOMORROW Nov 1, sign up now at http://www.playwithyourmusic.org)

Witness has a post up about email and chat encryption basics for activists http://bit.ly/19OoFbX 


“What does the internet sound like?” an open call for radio projects by Stress FM radio in Lisboa: http://bit.ly/1afojLR

PhotoPhilanthropy has their annual activist competition open now – including categories for amateur and mobile phone entries: http://bit.ly/1bViZAx 

Kelly Fraser and her band The Easy Four. See our article "An Unashamed Inuk"

Kelly Fraser and her band The Easy Four. See our article “An Unashamed Inuk”

CIPE Blog Competition 2013 is open – this year the topic for writers from around the world is democratic and economic reforms and their role in development. Submit your blog entry here: http://bit.ly/1bVj0V7 

In India? Join a select group of journalists and journalism students in “Video Storytelling – A Hands-on, Interactive Online Course” from ICFJ: http://bit.ly/1cAPEwh 

Are you a budding journalist or journalism entrepreneur? The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford is open for applications. We met these guys at Mozilla and it looks like it could be great: http://bit.ly/1cAPHrS and http://kdmc.us/1gP0wcz 

Internews Kenya is calling for applications for  the online and multimedia journalism training course scheduled for November 18-22 in Nairobi. The multimedia and online journalism course is aimed at enhancing professional skills and explore ethical issues around online journalism. http://shar.es/EelBW 

Latin American journalists can now apply to business accelerator seeking to invest in new media projects (we met these guys at Mozilla too.. it also looks great!) http://bit.ly/1bvmVHS 

Latin American / U.S. journalists can now apply to international fellowships at Harvard, Stanford and Michigan http://bit.ly/19mVHSl 

Interesting links to follow…

What's a blog post in the West African language #Bambara look like? Visit @fasokan‘s blog http://fasokan.com/2013/10/21/s%C9%94gosi-tododa-la/ … to find out!

Check out this mobile computer lab in New York City – http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/community/education_digital_vans.shtml … Where else around the world would a van like this be helpful?

Congrats to @SMEX on launch of online learning platform @NetHawwal http://www.smex.org/launching-nethawwal-beta-testing-the-savvy-strategist/

Former Philippine Congress youth rep and GV'er @mongster on rural digital connectivity http://bit.ly/1a7gVpK 

Livingtongues project Talking Dictionaries of Micronesia – Find out more about this project and language revitalization on their blog:  http://livingtongues.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/micronesia/ …

More great international media coverage of our grantee Dizha Kieru and their community-owned mobile network: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24450542

What are examples of social movements that have defied what was believed to be impossible? http://buff.ly/H1Se2V 


… Happy exploring!

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