The Amp #1 (Formerly the Roundup)

We decided that the roundup needed a revamp… We ran a contest and picked a new name from YOUR suggestions! We think The Amp” reflects our work of amplifying underheard voices around the world. Read the newsletter and – we hope – let us help you to amplify your voice as well.

From the blog

Opening New Frontiers for Radio Los Inestables – Radio Los Inestables, the RV grantee project continues with its weekly audio workshops at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Córdoba, Argentina. Here some of the participants share their experiences learning new tools and citizen journalism techniques.

Audio podcasting workshop with Radio Los Inestables

Audio podcasting workshop with Radio Los Inestables.

Transitions Online: Supporting Independent Journalism in Eastern Europe – Transitions (TOL) is a Prague-based media development organization working to strengthen the professionalism, independence and impact of the news media and civil society organizations in the post-communist countries of Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Tweets2Rue: Making Homeless Connections – Because no one is better situated to speak about the problems of the homeless than the homeless themselves, a new project enables five of them to tweet their concerns, and their hopes, and their daily lives.

Meet three students from the Mapping For Niger project, one of this year's micrograntees: FatimanMahaman, and Abdou Salam. “Technology” says Mahaman, “allows us to instantly discover horizons which our imaginations had never thought possible.”

The Toolbox: 16 New Ways for Story-making – Are you a visual person (and do you want to tell your story that way)? Or do you need to be alerted the next time a report comes out on the president of Moldova? Here are some new tools to help you research your next story, and new platforms (like timelines and interactive images) for easily and clearly presenting information.

Learning about communicating and sharing news with mobile phones in Brazil. Check out this week's post!

Learning about communicating and sharing news with mobile phones in Brazil. Check out this week's post!

#teachtheweb: Encouraging Web Literacy Around the World – The Mozilla Foundation is creating teaching resources to increase web literacy. Laura Hilliger, one of their team, says that learning how to code and understanding the internet, even without a good internet connection, is a key part of education today.

How to Amplify the Voices of Marginalized Communities in Brazil – The youth from quilombos at Ilha de Maré are publishing news stories with their mobile phones and giving voice to the needs and concerns of their communities. Recently, a group from the Porto dos Cavalos community participated in the workshop: “Vojo Brazil: amplifying Quilombola voices through mobile phones”.

Surprising Expansion: One Workshop Unexpectedly Goes Global – What happens when you put your local workshop course online? You might end up with global participants…


Disaster tool post-typhoon: Google has set up Person finder in response to the disaster in the Phillipines. …

An article on outstanding apps for mobile journalists from IJNet

How to create news videos with mobile app Videolicious

The first-ever handbook on social media verification is rolling out in Jan 2014.

StoryMaker Master Class at Arab Free Press Forum in Tunis Nov. 25 (French) and 26 (Arabic)


Photographers worldwide can submit images for the ONeill Award, featuring a new mobile category.

Positions are available and open! at

ICFJ Knight seeks fellows from Asia/SE Asia and Latin America to lead mobile news projects

Indigenous Voices In Asia – Call for Awards Nomination: IVA Awards for Outstanding Reporting on Indigenous issues (Asia only)

Free online course on data journalism is open; begins early 2014 from the European Journalism Centre  “Doing Journalism with Data: First Steps, Skills and Tools.”

What We've Been Up To

Global Voices was rewarded with a satellite Internet broadband device, which will be used by Rising Voices, allowing us to take the Internet along with us, wherever we go, regardless of internet connection quality.

GV has also been organising meetups around the world for local digital activists and organisers. Karachi and Cairo have happened, Phnom Penh, Kampala, Skopje, and Porto coming up soon.

And Just For Fun…

A guide showing how to create and edit Wikipedia content is now available in the Guaraní language

There are now two new languages on Indigenous BlogsUdmurt/ Удмурт and Cayuga/ Gayogo̱hó:nǫ’ just finished their first 3-week test of the Transom Online Workshop (TOW), an online environment for learning the art and craft of multimedia storytelling. You can see a summary online and examples of how the online workshop went (along with some great video and audio from first-time storytellers).

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