The Amp #21: September 1 to 26


Rising Voices is pleased to announce this year's Amazonia microgrants will be awarded to seven citizen media outreach projects across South America. Meet the seven projects from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.


Project Updates from our grantees:

End of the Summer Team Building and Looking Forward to the School Year – Youth from the RV grantee project Against the Current took part in creative activities during their summer break. These team building activities are setting the table for future multimedia Umoⁿhoⁿ language revitalization activities.

Never a Shortage of Topics for Girl Activists in Kyrgyzstan – The Girl Activists of Kyrgyzstan grantee project continues its workshops by exploring potential topics that the participants want to share through blogging.

Theatre Technology House field research.

Theatre Technology House field research.

The Community's Questions Will Be the Foundation of our Radio Soap – What does the community think about the state of Ugandan democracy? Following field research conducted by the RV grantee project Common Community, the team will now begin to write the script for the audio podcast soap to explore those issues. Workshop Planning Underway – Rising Voices grantee Jalaibi shares some of the lessons learned after the first workshops held in Islamabad, as it looks forward to the next activities in Karachi.

Taking the Mayan Language Tz'utujil to Social Media – It started with a Facebook Group and Page for the grantee project in San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala that is working with local youth to revitalize the Mayan language T'zutujil through the use of social media. Israel Quic writes about these early activities.

Media Literacy and Resisting Manipulation: Project Update – Rising Voices grantee The Post-Conflict Research Center recently launched its Balkan Diskurs platform, which will be the space where the participants will be able to share their views following the upcoming October workshops to take place in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina

Other RV posts:

HiperBarrio/Convergentes: A Virtual Community Evolves While Preserving Its Essence
– A look at Rising Voices alumnus project HiperBarrio and its evolution since first receiving a microgrant in 2007.


storymaker_4Free Press Unlimited is launching the first ever StoryMaker competition in Africa. The competition is open to journalists, bloggers and activists across Africa who submit video stories that showcase human rights issues that are important in your community. MORE HERE

Musikpiraten e.V. is hosting the Free! Music! Contest to find the best Creative Commons–licensed music of the year. Deadline is September 30. MORE HERE

The 2014 Travel Video Contest asks students to send a video about their proposed study abroad. $US 4,000 grand prize is up for grabs. MORE HERE


Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 now open – USD 150,000 in prizes for continent’s brightest innovators to accelerate Africa’s development. Deadline to submit is October 31, 2014


The Asia Journalism Fellowship seeks mid-career journalists candidates from any medium, though preference is given to journalists working for Asian media organizations. Deadline is October 31, 2014.

[Report] A Detailed Snapshot of Africa’s emerging Internet and social media space – the users and what they are doing.

[Tutorial] How to broadcast live in Airtime by Sourcefabric.

[Online Course] ICANN offers a free course “A Visual Guide to the Internet” to help teach about the start of the Internet all the way through how it's being used right now around the world. Great for beginner Internet users, experts, and everyone in between.


The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference “Uncovering Asia” is set for November 22-24, 2014 in Manila, Philippines.


Free Press Unlimited is seeking a StoryMaker Trainers Network Manager & Community Coordinator to manage and build a strong, supporting trainer community through ongoing mentoring and assistance in order to sustain and expand a core group of trainers. Deadline is October 10, 2014. MORE HERE


Congratulations to Sopheap Chak from our grantee the Cambodian Center for Human Rights for being recognized for her human rights work by US President Barack Obama at the recent Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York City. MORE HERE

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