RV Newsletter: HIGA is ready for its fourth summit!

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How are you doing, dear readers? We are in March now and we have something exciting to share!

A few months ago, a former guest host of our rotating Twitter campaigns told us about an interesting event called HIGA. It’s the Summit of Young Speakers of Minoritized Languages and the fourth edition will be taking place in the Basque Country this July. Through five days of fun activities, you can expect to connect with youngsters from across the world who share a similar passion in language revitalization/activism, and learn from each other through various formats of interactions.

Feel like learning more about it after watching the introductory video above? Do visit the event website [eu] [en] [es] and certainly don’t be shy to reach out if you have any questions for them.

Registration due: April 16, 2023 / Event date: July 17–21, 2023


Interested in learning first-hand about how the internet and technology play a role in the promotion and revitalization of indigenous, minority, endangered, or under-resourced languages? Rising Voices and partners are now bringing to you a new round of our rotating Twitter campaigns for 2023, featuring language digital activists around the world each week. Come follow us and hear what they have to share!

@ActLenguas (Latin America)

  • José Alfredo Hau Caamal [es] about working to pass on both Mayan language and its culture to the younger generations from his community
  • Ajmaq Otzoy [es] on doing Kaqchikel workshops and promoting his language through social media platforms

Did you get a chance to participate in the Mayan Languages ​​Digital Activism Summit back in January? Here is a glimpse of what’s happening during the event. Maybe you’ll consider joining us for the next one — because it sounds so fun? → “A look back at the Mayan Languages Digital Activism Summit 2023

With the February posts of our Media and Information Literacy series, we invite you to take a closer look at how climate change (and its impacts) in the Bolivian Gran Chaco region have been covered in the media. We’ve also put together three audio clips — each available in Spanish, Guaraní, and Weenhayek — to support local stakeholders in better navigating the narratives concerning this topic that’s very pertinent to their day-to-day life.


Seeking to address pressing issues of our time with your independent projects? The Sundance Institute shares your goal and would love to support you with their Documentary Fund in making impacts together. Application details, along with eligibility requirements and selection priority, can be found here. Application due: April 17, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Note: International productions are welcome.

Are you part of or collaborating with an Asia Pacific-based organization that cares about both Internet connectivity and environmental causes? There are two types of grants available through the Ian Peter Grants for Internet and the Environment (via ISIF Asia) for the right projects and right grantees. Additional details can be found here. Application due: April 30, 2023 at 11:59am (UTC +10)


The clock is ticking to apply for the One World Media Fellowship! Wherever you are, whether you are aspiring to cover underreported stories through journalism or filmmaking, it might be worth your while to take a look at this opportunity of networking with mentors and peers devoted to the same. Further details can be found here. Application due: March 22, 2023 at 5pm (UTC)


Meanwhile, partnering with the Thomson Foundation, One World Media is now offering an online course on international reporting. If you are interested in learning about the fundamentals involved in good storytelling, consider taking this free self-paced course for your own reporting success (details here).



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Thanks to Eddie Avila and Ameya Nagarajan for contributions to this newsletter.

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