The Amp #9: March 7 – March 21

In the past two weeks we have launched our new round of microgrants! Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 09.49.12 If you answer “yes” to all three questions, then we invite you to take part in the 2014 Rising Voices Microgrant Competition. 

We are looking for proposals that share our mission of using online citizen media as a tool for self-empowerment, understanding between people, and social change. A brief summary of the guidelines:

1. Actively engage members of a local community that is “underrepresented” online 

2. Provide training, mentoring and leadership. 

3. Tell digital stories about issues important to the community.

4. Use free and widely available citizen media tools and social media platforms. 

Applicants submit their initial proposal via an online platform in English. The proposal will be published online. Once this has happened, we invite applicants to share their proposal with their networks, to solicit comments and receive input from others. We also encourage our wider community to comment on these public proposals.

All proposals will be reviewed by a committee of individuals from the Global Voices community, including former Rising Voices micro-grant recipients.

Application deadline: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 23:59 GMT

We will be holding an informational Google Hangout session on Friday March 21, which will be archived online.


In other news, Rising Voices has applied for a project with the Knight News Challenge. We would encourage you to check out all of the innovative projects, published online – and please do “applaud” or comment on our submission, as well!


And now, back to the Amp as usual…


Ten Ways Educators Can Use Wikipedia – Wikipedia is meant to be a starting point, not a final source of knowledge. It is permanently incomplete and evolving, with continuous formal and informal review. From Wikipedia's blog, a discussion of how educators can use wikipedia.

Media Group Aims to End Violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar – Ethnic violence among the Rohingya, an ethnic minority based largely in Myanmar, has rising in past years. Independent media channel Rohingya Vision has been documenting their plight.

Sealaska Institute's Flash-based learning tool for learning ocean animals in Tlingit

Sealaska Institute's Flash-based learning tool for learning ocean animals in Tlingit

Perpetuating Culture, Restoring Language: Tlingit and the Sealaska Heritage Institute – “We don’t want what you did here to only echo in the air, how our grandfathers used to do things…” working with native and endangered languages in the Pacific Northwest, developing a younger generation of speakers.

New video4change Materials Published – Video activist or citizen journalist documenting what is going on around you? This post gives a round up of available resources, information, and guides published in the past year for video reporting – in English, Arabic, and Burmese.

Wikitongues: Document Your Language – Wikitongues is a community effort to give all the world’s people access to all the world’s 7,000 languages by citizen-driven participatory video.

Hiperbarrio: Becoming Digitally Visible – Rising Voices checks in with Yesenia Corrales, the project coordinator of HiperBarrio. She talks about the importance of blogging in her home community of La Loma in Medellin, Colombia. 


Girls in Technology – webmaker teaching activities and resources to help girls aged 10-17 to think critically about gender and the tech industry while empowering them as webmakers. Parts of this kit are also available in Spanish. Find the kit HERE

Screenshot from Wikitongues' Youtube account

Screenshot from Wikitongues’ Youtube account

“Follow the Money: a Digital Guide for Tracking Corruption” gives tools to journalists and tips on how to make sense of complex company ownership schemes plus investigative tools and advice on security for those wanting to track companies internationally: HERE


Join in the New Tactics dialogue “Engaging Non Traditional Allies” – in human rights work, sometimes the most impactful partnerships are with unexpected allies outside of what we consider the traditional human rights community to provide additional networks, expertise and skills to your campaign. March 24-28. HERE


Open Society Scholar Awards for academics from select Central/ Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern countries. The awards support innovative projects that will enrich research, facilitate the exchange of ideas, and help build international networks, lasting between 2 and 10 months up to $10,000. Apply here: 

Mexican journalists can apply for a fellowship with Newscorp in New York / DC via ICFJ. Selected journalists will spend a month in the United States learning about freedom of the press and working in an American newsroom. Deadline to apply is April 21. 

Open Society Fellowship Call for Applications: focus on rights, transparency, justice, civil society and social inclusion to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. Deadline to apply is August 4. More info HERE

Samir Kassir award for excellence in human rights journalism in the Middle East is open for applications: This award aims to honour journalists who commit themselves to investigate, document and illustrate how the most basic fundamental rights are violated under increasingly dangerous and unacceptable conditions.Deadline April 10:

4 electronic media fellowships available for journalists from RTDNA including focus on minority, US national defense, and health. Award ranging from $1000 – 2500: 

The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support tosocial issue media projects that go beyond traditional screens—integrating video with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites that demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement. Grants range from $50,000 to $100,000. More info HERE

‘Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge’ to create a unique, compelling, and personal Short Film that explores an empowering person or an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health. Deadline June 1st: 


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