Resources for Video Activism: Witness

Witness is a group that focuses on the use of video and storytelling for citizen media activists to share information on human rights abuses.

On March 28th, we host a #GVFace with Bukeni Waruzi and Matisse Bustos Hawkes of Witness to talk about tips on using video for advocacy. Here are some of their tips sheets and toolkits for video activists:

> Toolkit on creating video for change, including what to think about before you start and how to make your plan. It is an interactive tool designed to help advocates to develop a strategic plan for using video in their campaign.


> Video series: an introduction to video advocacy

> Ask yourself these 10 questions before you start filming


> Filming with your mobile phone

> Video series: How to film protests

> Tip sheet for activists: Top 10 tips for conducting interviews 

> Best practices list for filming human rights violations

> Video series: Filming tips and techniques to get the best result


> Safety considerations for your mobile device

> Effective strategies to distribute your content

> How to stream videos from your mobile phone

> Creative Commons 101 and Copyright 101

ALSO check out the key Verification Handbook for free online.

Many of these resources are available in other languages: Arabic, Swahili and (coming soon) Spanish.

1 comment

  • Margaret Acayo

    While i have not read all the tips by Laura Morris, the articles have given me ideas and intend to try out starting with review of some videos we have at present and try them out. Thanks!

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