The Amp #6 : Jan 23 – Feb 7

We've been with a group of "Storymakers" helping them to take the storytelling app to the next level. More info at

We've been with a group of “Storymakers” helping them to take the storytelling app to the next level. More info at

From the blog

The Challenges of Written Media in Indigenous Communication –  A special guest post from Yásnaya Aguilar presents examples of written media and examines challenges of finding readership in indigenous languages in Mexico.

Life in Nuba. Republished with the authorisation of Nuba Reports.

Life in Nuba. Republished with the authorisation of Nuba Reports.

The Facebook Story of the Librarian – Rising Voices applauds the recognition received by Israel Quic and the Rija'tzuul Na'ooj Community Library in San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala by being featured as one of the Ten Facebook Stories about the work of revitalizing the T'zutujil language and culture through citizen media.

Women Weave the Web: Global Tech Stories – World Pulse has put forward a new project to find out what challenges women face around the world when it comes to technology – and how they are using new digital tools to change their communities. Share your story with them!

On the ground, for the people: Nuba Reports – Nuba Reports is an independent news reporting organization in South Kordofan and the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Founder Ryan Boyette talked to Rising Voices about their reporting methods and the state of media in the region.

A local demonstration with Aché Djawu. (See Life in an Indigenous Paraguay Community post)

A local demonstration with Aché Djawu. (See Life in an Indigenous Paraguay Community post)

Life in an Indigenous Paraguay Community – The Aché Djawu / Palabra Aché project uses photography to document daily life and new citizen media projects from an indigenous community in Paraguay.

Connect Uganda, a Rural Library Project for Local Farmers – In rural Uganda, local libraries have installed solar panels to power tablets for internet access, allowing farmers to learn about new crops, farming methods, and changing market prices for their goods.

MENA: Learning about Digital Safety, Online – There is an increasing need for activists to protect their identities, data and network while at the same time pursue their struggle for a free Arab world. The Cyber Arabs Online Academy is a new online platform hoping to help them stay safe.


- Funding -

Request for Concept Notes: Human Rights Fund in Zimbabwe from Hivos. The goal of the program is to improve the protection and promotion of human rights in Zimbabwe in a sustainable way through support to civil society organizations. Deadline Feb. 14. More info HERE.

Knight foundation and Investigative News Network offer grants up to $35,000 to fund online news initiatives in the US. Google hangout for more info of Feb 13, application deadline is March 1: 

Microfunding available in Colombia for social development projects. More info HERE. [in Spanish]

- Contest -

Submit Cartoons on NSA Surveillance for the Web We Want and win $1000. The cartoons should help increase awareness about the NSA and demand accountability for mass digital surveillance in a way that makes people want to click and share. Deadline: Feb. 8. More info HERE.

Sony Pro Awards are open for entries from aspiring filmmakers, with a global focus. Win new tech from Sony, including cameras etc. Entries must be submitted by March 10th:

“What Does Climate Change Mean to You?” A documentary competition for young filmmakers answering the questions: How is climate change impacting your community? What needs to be done to solve the challenge? Deadline April 1:

- Conference -

The East West Center's conference on media is coming up in Myanmar. Some local scholarships are available – apply by Feb 14. 

Indigenous News Media Symposium coming up in NYC bringing together Native American and First Nation media makers and activists on Feb 21.

- Trainings – 

Journalists in Eastern Europe looking to expand their investigative reporting skills, knowledge of international law and politics can apply for an investigative training program in Latvia. Registration deadline is Feb 17: 

World Press Photo is offering a free, online multimedia journalism course – its ongoing, based on Facebook. You can still join in: 

Journalists worldwide can take an online course in audio slideshow storytelling – course starts 10 March: 

Free online courses from Data Driven Journalism, for essential concepts, techniques and skills to effectively work with data and produce compelling data stories 

Dawrak is offering 3 new training opportunities in Beirut in February including: “Youth in Local Dialogue”, “Arts for Social Change”, and “Education for Intercultural Citizenship”. Find out more HERE.

The Knight Center is running another version of it's MOOC “Social Media for Journalists”. The MOOC will give students an overview of the use of social media in journalism and best practices in finding and distributing news with these tools. Its already started! But you can still join in… More info HERE.

MOOC “Writing Wikipedia Articles” course is now open from the School of Open. The course focuses on articles about openness in education: open educational resources, MOOCs, Creative Commons licenses and more Register by 25 Feb. 

- Jobs / Fellowships -

New job opportunities from FrontlineSMS More info HERE

Write for Index on Censorship: Currently looking for contributions from China, Russia, India, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Kenya, Senegal, Tunisia (but open to other places as well): 

The engine room is hiring a paid intern to work on comms. More info HERE.

AP is seeking videojournalists in Tunis, Irbil and Dubai and other places in the MENA region. More info HERE.

A list of ongoing journalism fellowships with upcoming deadlines here:

Openings at Open Society for London-based director for the Program on Independent Journalism, and others. More info HERE


[Apps] New InformaCam app by and the Guardian Project promises to enhance human rights videography. It is a mobile application for the Android platform that can bolster the evidentiary and documentary value of captured smartphone media. More info HERE

[Guide] EJC Net has published a free guide to verifying user-generated content; with input from BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and others, it provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content during emergencies:

[Guide] Useful materials for video activists & citizen journalists in English, Arabic and Burmese including Guide to Independent Video HostingEffective Video on Low Cost DevicesCitizen Journalist Guide to Mobile Video, and Citizen Journalist Guide to Live Streaming VideoMore info HERE.

Check out…

How the Vietnamese are Using Facebook Pages: “creating temporary civil society communities, advocating for pet causes” 

This issue of Guernica Magazine is all about Freedom Of Expression:

Cuban blogger Yoni Sanchez plans to open a digital newspaper. More info HERE.

Tech news roundup from the Middle East: what you need to know from the past 2 months. More info HERE.

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