The Amp #20: August 15 to 29


Girl Activists: Telling Our Own Digital Stories in Kyrgyzstan – Girl Activists in Kyrgyzstan are sharing their knowledge with girls from surrounding villages so they can speak for themselves collectively about the issues important to them.

Cloghers-to-Be: Young Cambodian Women Start Setting Up Their Blogs – The Cloghers, Rising Voices’ Cambodian micrograntee, has begun their training to empower young women to learn to create and write their own blogs.

New Tactics' logo for their new digital toolkit. More on the blog.

New Tactics’ logo for their new digital toolkit. More on the blog.

Countering Slavery in Mauritania With Digital Storytelling – The existence of human slavery in Mauritania is ongoing and exists outside the rule of law. This has inspired a Rising Voices micrograntee project to train former slaves in social media to raise awareness. 

Inuit Filmmakers Are Documenting Their Traditional Way of Life in the Small Canadian Hamlet of Arviat – Since 2010, the Arviat Film Society has been creating videos to promote Inuit language and culture in the Arviat community. Rising Voices interviews Eric Anoee, Jr. about his work.

A Gathering of Indigenous Language Digital Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico – Global Voices, through its Rising Voices initiative, is co-organizing the Indigenous Language Digital Activism Gathering to take place in Oaxaca, Mexico in October 2014.

GKill City, a Site for ‘Countercultural Journalism’ in Ecuador, Turns Three – It's the country's only 2.0 media outlet that gives a voice to different ideologies and perspective. Journalists and citizens from all walks of life write for the site.

‘New Tactics’ Makes a New Digital Toolkit for Activism Strategy – This NGO has just put together a strategy toolkit for organisations — especially those working in human rights — looking to build their strategic and technical capacities.

A Do-It-Yourself Code for Ethical Journalism – Codes of ethical journalism aren't one-size-fits-all. The Online News Association is creating guidelines to help new journalism projects and journalists find what works best.


TechSoup's digital storytelling challenge is open, to show the power of “impact storytelling”. Win up to $13,000. Apply by 26 Sept. MORE HERE

Journalists of any nationality who have unpublished work in Spanish can enter a contest for poetry, literary essays, novels, short stories and drama. Apply by 31 Oct. MORE HERE

Awards for African journalists who expose misleading claims made by leading public figures and powerful institutions around the continent. Apply by 31 Aug. MORE HERE

Arts journalists around the world can apply for an award for unpublished written work. Apply by 31 Oct. MORE HERE

Al Jazeera innovation challenge for developers and storytellers is looking for nontraditional narratives, with up to $10,000 prizes. Apply by 30 Sept. MORE HERE


Public media organizations and purveyors of nonprofit digital news can apply for up to $35,000 from the Investigative News Network and Knight Foundation, for projects focusing on sustainability, increasing audience engagement and growing diverse streams of revenue. Apply by 2 Sept. MORE HERE

Young entrepreneurs with ideas for innovative social enterprises are invited to enter a competition entitled Smart Cities and Climate Change. Winners will receive up to USD10,000 in seed funding. Apply by 15 Sept. MORE HERE

Peace Grants project open to applications for journalists and writers, up to $50,000. Looking for creative and innovative projects that aim to prevent and constructively respond to conflicts around the world. Apply by 30 Sept. MORE HERE

Grants for African Journalists to attend the African Investigative Journalism Conference for those working on or interested in China-Africa issues. Apply by 15 Sept. MORE HERE

World Nomads is offering a travel film scholarship to amateur filmmakers to travel to San Luis Potosi to capture Mexican culture and local ‘Day of the dead’. Apply by 17 September. MORE HERE.

Open Technology Fellows program open to applicants – this program cultivates research, outputs, and creative collaboration at different levels and across institutions on the topic of information controls – specifically repressive Internet censorship and surveillance. MORE HERE 

Journalists, scholars and public officials worldwide who are interested in public policy can apply for a fellowship with the Woodrow Wilson International Center as a nine-month residential fellow in Washington. Apply by 1 Oct. MORE HERE

“Routes” is a new project from the Mashallah in collaboration with Knooz Room. Looking for submissions of projects exploring how the creation, transformation and destruction of various “routes” have affected the lives of people in the Middle East. MORE HERE


African Management Initiative is offering a free online course for social innovators - those looking to impact their community. MORE HERE

Working journalists from the Middle East can apply to attend a course in Amman, Jordan, organised by Thomson Reuters on making video news. Scholarships available. Apply by 8 Sept. MORE HERE


Social Media Week is open for registration around the world from Sept. 22 to 26: features free events surrounding the latest trends and topics in social and mobile media. See if your city is on the list of those participating. MORE HERE


Twitter is now available in 5 new languages: Vietnamese, Bengali, Czech, Romanian and Ukrainian. MORE HERE 

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