It has been months since we haven't heard (litterally) from the bloggers. Becoming a Citizen Journalist on the web include learning :
1- to use a blogging platform, in our case WordPress has been a very easy to use from Madagascar;
2- to load pictures on Internet, on a blog post and on Flickr. See the latest addition from Lomelle in Majunga;
3- to take videos and sharing online, what is still a big challenge with the (very) bad load shedding at local cybercafés.
4- to podcasting, the easier way to share the Malagasy voices to the world .
We get the opportunity to teach the 2 first steps during the workshops when introducing the purpose of Citizen Media to newbies (who very quickly become very professional) but videoblogging and podcasting require practice and … a topic/event to cover.
Last year, Diana and Patricia put their skills in good use by promoting a rightful cause. Baby Kamba story was very documented and helped Diana get the world's attention when Patricia was awarded with an International Youth Contest for her Lake of Shame video. Later, all the bloggers present at Barcamp and E-bit were given digital cameras,laptops and connexion time to cover the events from their citizen journalists’ point of view. You can see more on our Flickr albums from these two intense events and on the blogs. And finally Lomelle, the slam artist, shared her first track on her facebook.
When writing remains the most popular way at Foko, Tamatave group surprised us (during christmas time!) with very touching and interesting interviews. We are still brainstorming together to solve the few technical problems (related to loading the videos!) but you might to get used to see and hear more and more from Madagascar thanks to Foko bloggers.
Theophile on “Teaching about Thankfulness” :
There was one Pastor called PAPU who is from South Africa taught us about thankfulness.
Why is it so important to be thankful? He said in life there are many reasons we should be thankful wether to God or to one person specifically. But we make sure that we love the giver more than the gifts. In that case, even if we lose the gifts the relationship will still remain and that why we the ” Malagasy” people when we give something we always say ” Aza ny hakelezan’ny fanomezana no jerena fa ny fô manolotra” or ” Ny fô manotra no mameno azy!”.
Cunie interviewing Diego Suarez students guests at Sangany Students Conference :
Play (malagasy): http://www.foko-madagascar.org/podcasts/mpianatradiego-1.mp3
Patrick filming the Green Boy on Tamatave streets :