Stories from Quick Reads and Announcements
Investigative journalists and people interested in social media in Lebanon are in for a treat at the end of this month.
The hands-on training will take place from 2pm to 6pm and covers topics related to the emergence and development of citizen journalism in the MENA region, reporting for the Web and online media verification.
Launched in March 2015, Global Voices Checkdesk is powered by the globally minded team at Meedan; working from San Francisco, Cairo, Vancouver, London and Beirut. It is a multi-year project combining research and open curriculum development with our University partner Birmingham City University, open curriculum development and training with a set of community media initiatives, and content creation through a growing network of regional media partners.
GV Checkdesk is run by Global Voices Lebanese author Joey Ayoub and Global Voices Bahrain author Faten Bushehri, who, along with a team of volunteers, have been tracking citizen media reports on breaking news across the Middle East and North Africa region. The goal is to collect witness accounts and other reports under one platform, and then verify the news, before it is used as part of our coverage at Global Voices Online. To join our GV Checkdesk team, please sign up here.
To find out how Checkdesk works, sign up here for the workshop. Hurry up as seating is limited.
Projects in 14 languages competed in the categories of Social Change, Privacy and Security and Arts and Media, in addition to People's Choice.
Newly inaugurated this year as part of The Bobs was Deutsche Welle's Freedom of Speech Award, which was awarded in February to imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
The Bobs marks its 11th year of existence this year. Global Voices took the jury award in the Best Weblog in English category in 2005.
Prix Ars Electronica, the leading award honoring creativity and innovation in digital media, has chosen Global Voices for Honorary Mention in their Digital Communities category this year. This is the second time Global Voices earns a special mention, after winning a Distinction in the same category in 2008.
The winner is Project Fumbaro in Eastern Japan, a grassroots platform originally set up to cope with human emergencies after Japan's great earthquake in 2011. A number of Global Voices partners and friends are among the distinctions and honorary mentions, including Freemuse, Arseh Sevom, Desarrollando América Latina, and Syria Untold.
Rising Voices will be launching a microgrant competition next month for digital citizen media projects in the Amazon region which is home to many indigenous communities. Thanks to Avina Americas, Fundación Avina, and the Skoll Foundation, we'll be offering this support with ongoing mentorship from the Global Voices community.
Citizen media has played an important part in many cultural, political, social and environmental struggles in the region. See some of our past coverage of Amazon communities on the special coverage page: Forest Focus: Amazon.
Berlin is welcoming the digital intelligentsia to a conference this weekend (January 25-26) on “self-empowerment in the age of digital control”. Speakers at the event, As Darkness Falls, include Jacob Appelbaum, Bruce Sterling, Micah Sifry, Evgeny Morozov and from Global Voices, Asteris Masouras (@asteris).
How could we make Global Voices complex, ongoing stories more beautiful, accessible and useful? MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media invited a diverse group of technology and storytelling mavens to a full day of hacking, using the example of our recent special coverage of the #Shahbag protests in Bangladesh as a way to explore online storytelling techniques. Ivan Sigal shares learnings from the day. Other notes from Matthew Battles on Metalab and Heather Craig on Center for Civic Media's blog.
The on-demand film streaming site MUBI is hosting the 2nd Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival, whose mission is “to unite nations, cultures and religions by jump-starting a dialogue through the universal language of cinema.”
The online festival features 20 films from Morocco, Portugal, Argentina, Philippines, Spain, Egypt, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Kazakhstan, which can be viewed for free from November 1-14, 2013.
Budding filmmakers can also enter the DCIFF's short film competition, where the film that best captures the festival's themes will win a US$3,000 prize. The deadline is February 1, 2014.
Our partners and friends at Rue89 [fr] won the Online News Association (ONA) prize for “General Excellence, Non-English” in San Francisco last weekend. Pierre Haski, co-founder, tells of the adventure [fr] that is Rue89. Launched in May 2007, it became a great success based on the concept of “Information from 3 Voices”. Global Voices, a partner of Rue89 since 2009, would like to sincerely congratulate the entire team. We are very proud of them for receiving this award.
Global Voices has launched a new partnership with Balochistan Point, an English language news site that writes under-reported stories from Pakistan's southwestern province.
The Balochistan Point initiated in 2010 to highlight important news from an area which Pakistan's national online, broadcast and print media largely ignores.
Adnan Amir, the editor at Balochistan Point hopes “unreported news stories from Balochistan will reach a global audience through its partnership with Global Voices.”
Balochistan is Pakistan's largest yet least-populated province. It is its poorest and most under-developed, but is rich in natural resources like coal, natural gas and copper. The Balochistan Point website explains:
The electronic and print media in Pakistan in general, and in Balochistan, in particular has failed to highlight the most important issues of Balochistan. Therefore, there is a stronger need than ever for an alternative platform to report the ignored issues about Balochistan […]
We stand for human rights, democracy, social and economic justice. The newspaper aims to mirror Balochistan. The volunteers of Balochistan Point launched it to keep reporting on human rights abuse, political, social and economic issues of Balochistan. Our center of focus is Balochistan but we are not limited to it. We also report on important issues at a national level that has implications for the Balochistan province and its people.
Like Global Voices, Balochistan Point is driven by volunteers and its “doors are always open to aspiring writers.” Global Voices will republish Balochistan Point content regularly. Sometimes we will edit their stories to add context and tailor them for our global audience.
We kick off this partnership with three articles Risking Their Lives to Save Pakistanis From Polio, How a Bus Stop Row is Crippling Public Transport in Balochistan's Capital and For Pakistan's Struggling National Airline, Balochistan Comes Last.
We are pleased to announce that a Global Voices meetup is set to take place in Tunis on November 1, 2014 from 9am to 1pm, at 404 Lab an open innovation lab hosted by the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI).
Global Voices Meetups are local and small gatherings designed to help facilitate meaningful connections with our readers, potential authors or translators, and others that have shown an active interest in our work.
During the same period, other Global Voices meetups will also take place in Accra, Beirut, Dar Es Salaam, and Belgrade.
The Tunis gathering is an opportunity for us to introduce the mission and projects of Global Voices to our readers in Tunisia. In the meetup agenda also, a panel on the subject of alternative media in Tunisia and a keynote speech on personal data protection by Chawki Gaddas from the Faculty of Judicial, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis.
You can find the meetup's full agenda here.
If you are interested in taking part, please complete the following registration form. The event is open to all but seats are limited.
Here is a map to the event venue.
For more information, please contact: abrouafef [at] riseup [dot] net
The winners of Deutsche Welle's The Bobs 2014 awards have been announced! Online projects from Egypt, Palestine, China, India, Bangladesh, Ukraine were selected as winners by an international jury.
Projects in 14 languages competed for the titles of Best Blog, Best Social Activism, Most Creative & Original and Best Innovation, in addition to People's Choice and two special awards: the Global Media Forum Award and the Reporters without Borders Award.
The Bobs marks its 10th year of existence this year. Global Voices took the jury award in the Best Weblog in English category in 2005.
In an article that lists Global Voices as one of several “non-legitimate”, “foreign media websites” who “spread rumors about South Korea” abroad, South Korean pro-government newspaper Chosun falsely describes our Korean editor Yoo Eun Lee as, “a dark-haired Korean-American blogger, who goes by a last name starting with L”.
Lee's identity is not in the least secret – she's a Korean media professional currently living in the United States (and actually she currently has light brown hair). We stand by her coverage of an election manipulation scandal in South Korea, clampdowns on labor groups, and an increasingly hostile environment for Korean journalists.
Chosun further tries to demonstrate our untrustworthiness by saying that Global Voices misrepresents itself as having an affiliation to Harvard Law School, but that their “own investigation” shows we are “just a blog site”.
Apparently there is an outdated description of Global Voices on a major Korean website (with no connection to us) that describes us as a Harvard Law School project. The truth is that Global Voices was founded in 2005 at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which is indeed housed at Harvard Law School. But today, Global Voices is an independent non-profit organization incorporated in The Netherlands.
Portuguese journalist Vanessa Rodrigues (@lunacronica) is heading up the podcast in partnership with community radio station RadioManobras.pt. The goal is to partner with community radios in more Portuguese language countries to see the show re-broadcast internationally.
The idea for the podcast was born at a #GVMeetup event in Porto, Portugal in December 2013. For more information on the podcast or other activities of Global Voices’ Portuguese language teams, please contact Sara Moreira.
Global Voices Català has won [ca] an award at the Catalonia Blog Awards [ca] held annually in Catalonia by the association Societat de Tecnologia i Coneixement (STIC) [ca] (Technology and Knowledge Society) in the category of communications and new media. The awards ceremony was celebrated on September 28th, 2013, where journalist, blogger and Global Voices author Joan Antoni Guerrero Vall collected the prize on behalf of the Catalan team. Congratulations, everyone!
— Joan Antoni Guerrero (@joanantoni70) September 28, 2013
Here you are the award Global Voices Catalan just won at the #pbc13. It is an honour to collect on on behalf of a great team :)
The association STIC aims to promote interactivity and innovation within the context of Catalan culture and language by using the new communication and information technologies, with a special sensibility towards education, actions of solidarity that help reduce inequality and the defense of Catalan culture.
Lingua project Global Voices in Malagasy has just published its 5,000th post. The project was started on September 12, 2007 and was one of the first African lingua project. There are currently 16 active Malagasy translators, among them is one of the youngest Global Voices translator, 16-year-old Radifera Felana Candy.
A new website that connects people in one-to-one exchanges about global culture, streams headlines from Global Voices in their news section as conversation starters. Härnu encourages people in different countries to ask and answer questions about foreign cultures.