A project of Global Voices Online, Rising Voices aims to extend the benefits and reach of citizen media by connecting online media activists around the world and supporting their best ideas. Learn more »
Some examples of their projects include:
HiperBarrio is an outreach collective of Colombian bloggers who have teamed up with local libraries to host new media workshops in the city’s working class neighborhoods.
AIDS Rights Congo trains communication officers from local AIDS organizations in digital story telling, podcasting, and the creation of blogs to document the stigma and discrimination of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Congo.
Empowerment of Women Activists in Media Techniques – Yemen In collaboration with the Hand in Hand Initiative, Ghaida‘a al-Absi will organize a new media training course for female politicians, activists, and human right workers to build an online network of Yemeni gender activists.
Repacted is training refugees living in Nakuru’s displacement camps, who were forced to leave their home during Kenya’s post-election violence in January, how to tell their stories online.
Ceasefire Liberia – By partnering with Amnesty International in Monrovia, Liberia and with Africa Refuge Center in Staten Island, New York, Project Ceasefire is creating a transatlantic Liberian blogging community.
Voces Bolivianas promotes the use of new media tools to allow Bolivians from underrepresented groups to share stories about their lives and communities.
Nomad Green is training Mongolian citizen journalists how to use blogs, digital video, podcasts, and map mashups to report on local environmental news in Mongolian, Chinese, and English.
Abidjan Blog Camps – Théophile Kouamouo, one of Francophone Africa’s leading bloggers, is organizing a series of blog camps in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to promote more online civic participation.
Blogging Since Infancy – Pablo Flores of the OLPC project in Uruguay is organizing four workshops around the country to teach young students how to blog with their XO laptops.
There are many more examples of the projects that Rising Voices has launched.
They offer a guide to citizen-media in multiple languages that you can download.
“Rising Voices proudly announces the first in a series of outreach guides meant to explain the fundamentals of citizen media to a non-technical readership. The first guide, An Introduction to Citizen Media, offers context and case studies which show how everyday citizens across the world are increasingly using blogs, podcasts, online video, and digital photography to engage in an unmediated conversation which transcends borders, cultures, and differing languages.”
- Rising Voices, Sustainable Ag, and Left-Coast Density (worldchanging.com)
- Interview with Social Media Citizen: Jo Porritt (smcitizens.com)
- Qanta Ahmed, MD: The Women’s Voices Now Film Festival: Women’s Voices From the Muslim World (huffingtonpost.com)
- Citizen Media Law Project: The laws of news aggregation (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
- Popular Iranian Blogger faces Death Penalty for Criticizing Government (dailybloggr.com)
- 5 YouTube Projects That Are Making a Difference (mashable.com)
- The “cat and mouse” game between bloggers and activists (jilliancyork.com)