· April, 2008

Stories about Video from April, 2008

Video on Flickr: An apple of dischord

  9 April 2008

Seventeen hours after its creation, the Flickr group "NO VIDEO ON FLICKR!!!" already has more than 5475 members and 670 items. What is even more amazing is that another group, "We Say NO to Videos on Flickr", created 2 hours later, has more than double the number of members of the previously mentioned group, and both are composed of flickr users who oppose the idea of having video on the platform traditionally used for uploading pictures. On the other hand, the groups created for uploaded videos hardly have more than 30 members yet. What is the reason for this insatisfaction with Yahoo and Flickr's decision to make video uploading and viewing possible on their site?

Turkey: Interview with Murat Kurnaz

Turkish blogger Metin links to a chilling interview with “Murat Kurnaz, a German of Turkish origin, who was detained (and tortured) at Guantanamo Bay, even though he was completely innocent, and with no connection to terrorism.”

Egypt: A Wake Up Strike

Around 500 people were arrested in Egypt Sunday as police quashed a general strike, in protest against the increasing cost of living and calling for better wages. And just as word about the strike was spread via massive text-messaging, email, and popular social networking platform Facebook, bloggers and online activists kept the world abreast with arrests and developments on the ground minute by minute throughout the day. Eman AbdElRahman brings us the story.

Argentina: high school students use online video to report their issues.

  6 April 2008

By uploading a video on YouTube, argentinean high school students managed to get mass media's attention to their plight: the need for a building where they can receive classes. Currently the Ipem 112 “César Iñíguez Montenegro”, in Sebastián Elcano, a village to the north of the Cordoba capital in Argentina are receiving lessons at an elementary school. However, because the elementary school has double shifts, the high school students are forced to receive evening classes, as if it were a night school.

Video and mobile video contests for global citizen journalists.

  3 April 2008

Three different video contests open for video bloggers from around the world to participate in, either especifically geared for citizen journalists or with a category for them. One for mobile movies, one to promote causes you care for and the last to report news through online video. So bring out your cameras and read on to discover how to participate.

Costa Rica: Cow Parade and internet video

  1 April 2008

The Cow Parade calls itself the world´s largest public art event, and for tiny Costa Rica´s standards, it certainly is a huge deal that the capital city of San José was selected to host the legion of cows. A series of online videos illustrate the comings and goings of the 120 cows and the local artists in charge of decorating them for the event.

Jordan: Royal Debut on YouTube

Queen Rania of Jordan joins the ranks of YouTubers, much to to delight of Jordanian bloggers and vloggers around the Middle East. In a bid to break the stereotype, and engage in an international conversation, the video surfaced on YouTube yesterday with an open invitation from the Queen to vloggers to submit their misconceptions about the region and its people.

About our Video coverage

Juliana Rincón Parra is the Citizen Video editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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