Starting a small internship program and a photo training by experts who are accepted by the local community, choose some local youth to picture their lives with digital cameras. We educate them in using the equipment and collect their pictures and assist in editing or selecting them, but just facilitating their efforts. We organize a photo exhibition from their material and we publish their pictures and their results on various media platforms.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
In Hungary anti-gipsym is very high. The prejudice against Romani people is „gipsy criminalism”. Their representation in the media is very bad, underlining the prejudices. During 2008 the community became the victim of racist motivated serial attacks against children and their families. The murderers are on trial, but the mistrust of the majority and minority stayed. The community is still in shock and their everyday life is closed for outsiders.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Their media product is a picture documentation of their everyday life showing their side. Our aim with this project is to let the community and their talented youth show the world, who they really are, and by taking pictures by them about them raising their voices to overcome prejudices to change their representation, and show a more realistic picture about their community.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
My organization works as anti-discrimination NGO. I had several human rights training in the villages where the attacks happened, and my friend and expert on photography is one of the few journalist accepted by the community. Our organization is dealing with racism and the ultra right wing and we run the media4us project and organized several photo exhibitions. We are in contact with local human rights groups and local governments and schools.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
We publish the rising voice objectives in the local school, and seek out the participants in association with our local helpers. We can train 10 pupils and give internship for 3 or 5. We tutor their activities with the photograph together and we plan to visit them regulary and follow their development.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
The most important is media coverage and that their previous experience is not forgotten. We provide social work and mental assistance without real capacity or specific programs or training. Their social status is falling and the community has no resource for helping the youth having any vision of breaking out. They have very few hope. So if we can show them they can become professionals in something with stories of good examples would do a lot.
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