My apologies for the absence of last week’s newsletter. I have been busy trying to update our library of new media guides so that we will have multilingual resources on how to blog, podcast, and publish video to the internet.
But first it is important to note that Rising Voices isn’t the only source of tutorials and guides about citizen media. This week let’s take a look at another resource that can help you, your organization, and your friends take advantage of new communication tools.
MediaSnackers is a for-profit group which trains all sorts of companies and media organizations how to use social media tools. Earlier this year they also took on a pro-bono project with Pacific Youth to train youth leaders in Tonga and Papua New Guinea how to use online social media.
Rather than flying out the Pacific to train the youth leaders in person, the MediaSnackers trainers used YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, and online chats to cover a different topic each week. Just recently, they have released all of those videos and presentations on their website under a Creative Commons license, which means you are free to use them in your workshops and share them with friends and colleagues.
Finally, it is worth taking a look at the blogs of the youth leaders who attended the online course. You can find links to all their blogs on the right-hand side of the Pacific Youth Project Page. Unfortunately, most of them haven’t been updated recently, but it’s clear that they gained the necessary skills. How to keep new bloggers engaged is another challenge entirely.
One of the best ways we’ve found to encourage new bloggers to keep writing and experimenting more in social media is by leaving comments on their posts. Please show your support by clicking through the links and adding your encouragement. For the past year the young women in Dhaka, Bangladesh who have been trained how to blog at the Nari Jibon center have all been contributing to the same group blog. This past week, however, many participants decided to open their own individual blogs as a way of expressing their own identities. Each blog has its own unique look and feel. To get to know them all better, make sure not to miss Rezwan’s introductory post.
Speaking of new bloggers, the FOKO Blog Club in Madagascar continues to expand with new workshops and new participants in Tamatave. For those of us who don’t speak Malagasy, the national language of Madagascar, it’s a relief to know that the new bloggers are all university students who belong to the Barikadimy’s United English Club, where they get together to practice English. You can see their pictures, read their posts, and even hear the voice of their president, Patrick, here. Don’t forget to show your support with comments!
FOKO isn’t the only Rising Voices project to expand. Voces Bolivianas has also started a new series of workshops for new participants. You can see a photograph of the first workshop and get to know more about Trinidad, Bolivia on their project blog.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. And don’t forget to spend a few minutes this weekend getting to know a new Rising Voices blogger.