Reminder of the day! There are just a few days left before the end of the Rising Voices Microgrant competition . Be sure to get in your application by the 9th of April, 2014.
Also, we are Announcing the Rising Voices Amazonia Project !
In partnership with Avina Americas, Fundación Avina, and the Skoll Foundation, Rising Voices will be working directly with communities in the Amazon Region that want to tell their own story and participate more actively online through the use of a variety of digital media tools through a microgrant competition and a mentoring program that will launch next month.
FROM THE BLOG
MySQAR: Myanmar's First Social Network  – MySQUAR exists entirely in Burmese. Less than one year old, it is growing rapidly in a country where Internet access is about to expand as telecommunications services spread.
The Blog Bus: Palestine's Travelling Media Conference  – Blog Bus is in an initiative bringing bloggers, journalists, and activists together to travel through Palestine to report on local situations.
Resources for Video Activism: Witness  – Are you using video to make your campaign a reality? Are you telling stories or filming actions with cameras – or your phone? Tips sheets and toolkits from Witness in conjunction with our #GVFace about tips on using video for advocacy.
Winning a Grant, Growing a Community: Orsolya Jenei  – To get a sense of how it was to be a micrograntee, we asked Orsolya Jenei, the lead for the Mapping for Niger project, to share some of her experiences about the process.
Knight News Challenge Roundup  – A sampling of entries from the Knight News Challenge specifically focusing on indigenous concerns and/or endangered languages.
iversity has launched its Spring schedule of MOOCS, check them out!  They include The DO School: A Start-Up Lab  “to help you stop dreaming and start Doing”, and Design Thinking  oriented towards creating and managing innovation,
MOOC: Google Mapping for Communicators (April 14 – May 5), a 3-week free online course, is open for enrollment from Mullin. More info HERE 
MOOC: Cardiff University's Centre for Community Journalism , in conjunction with the FutureLearn  initiative, organizes this five-week course to help reporters gain practical skills and insight into hyperlocal journalism. Begins April 14. More info HERE 
Recent Conversation from New Tactics: How have you engaged allies perceived as non traditional? Focus on: Engaging Men & Faith-based groups in Women's Rights Work 
UNAOC partners with BMW to support grassroots NGO projects implemented for the promotion of intercultural awareness, projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world. Deadline 30 April. More info HERE 
Now Open: Keepers of the Earth Fund, designed to provide funding to locally-initiated development projects in indigenous communities around the world. Grants range from US$500 to US$20,000, and go to projects that are conceived and implemented by Indigenous communities themselves. More info HERE. 
Now Open: The Web We Want Small Grants for groups who are seriously committed to working for change on digital rights: USD $1000- $5000. More info HERE 
The African Story Challenge is seeking applications to fund great story ideas in three areas: (1) Agriculture and Food Security (2) Diseases: Prevention and Treatment and (3) Business and Technology. Info HERE 
- OPPORTUNITIES FOR CINEMA + PHOTOGRAPHY
Contest for Doc photos + multimedia: Narrative Documentary: Still and in motion - submissions that create a coherent documentary narrative, first with the images and then providing necessary context with text and optionally, sound and motion. All themes, subject matter, and formats are encouraged. From SocialDocumentary.net 
Alexia Foundation has opened entries to their 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a photojournalism project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women. Deadline is 30 June. More info HERE 
10 upcoming deadlines for documentary film funding HERE , including:
- Good Pitch Australia  (April 11)
- MacArthur Foundation Open Call  (Films AND web-based docs – April 14 – May 1)
- AlterCine Foundation  (April 15)
- BRITDOC (April 28)
- Abu Dhabi Film Fest  (Arab world only, narrative OR docs – June 1 – July 15)
- Sundance Institute (July 8)
Looking for Entries: “Moving Walls 22: Group Exhibition on Surveillance” – Photography expo. with Open Society Foundations in NY http://osf.to/1pTOAdb 
FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, AND JOBS
Job: Forest People's Program – iNGO supporting indigenous people's rights – seeks a project manager. More info HERE 
Job: Ushahidi is looking for a Word Press theme developer. More info HERE. 
GlobalPost announces second annual GroundTruth fellowship for Middle East reporting. More info HERE 
ICFJ will bring five Mexican journalists to Washington, D.C. and the News Corp headquarters in New York, learning about freedom of the press and working in an American newsroom. More info HERE 
The Thomson Reuters Foundation  hosts the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, honoring the work of freelance journalists and of local reporters in developing countries or nations in transition who often otherwise receive little recognition. Deadline May 31. More Info HERE 
Human rights fellowship for women journalists open; The selected journalist will spend an academic year in a tailored program with access to MIT's Center for International Studies and media outlets like The Boston Globe and The New York Times. More info HERE