Citizen journalism project in India

We are writing to let you know about an interesting project that you can be involved with called Women Aloud: Videoblogging for Empowerment (WAVE)The project involves training young women around India (one per state) to become citizen journalists telling video stories about positive change in their communities to an international audience online. The WAVE project is funded by the *MacArthur Foundation in the U.S. and managed by filmmakers Sapna Shahani, Angana Jhaveri and Mumbai-based NGO, Point of View.

We are looking for help to recruit the best possible female candidate in your area who fulfils the following criteria:

  • 18-25 years of age
  • Basic fluency in English
  • Proficient with computers and internet use
  • Strong interest in video production
  • Strong interest in community development
  • Potential to become a leader in her area
  • Candidates from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds encouraged

More Information:A video camera will be provided at no charge for the duration of participation in the study, after which it would need to be returned.The candidate would be paid a stipend of about 3000 rupees per month to compensate for time spent participating in the project (estimated to be up to one week per month).The duration of the candidate’s involvement in this project is nine months between December 2009 and August 2010, post a two-week training period in Goa in November 2009. All expenses will be covered for the candidate to attend the training in Goa. She will be required to research, script and shoot video clips for a 2-5 minute video per month about her perspective on community development issues, such as health, the environment and the local economy. These video clips would need to be sent to us via the internet and we would then edit and publish the video clips on the WAVE website. We request your organization to collaborate with the WAVE project in these ways

  • Forward this recruitment email to your organization’s email contact list.
  • Post the attached flyer in your office and any other public areas.
  • Direct any questions about the WAVE project to our team (see contact info below).
  • Allow computer and internet use for the winning candidate during the nine month program.

We feel that the high standards of video training and the nine-month experience while participating in this project will empower the candidate to successfully assist with any communication, documentation or other media needs of your organization in the future. We hope that your organization will also serve as caretakers of the video camera provided to the candidate, which may be used for your organization’s needs when not in use by the candidate. We would also like to extend an invitation to the media training workshop in Goa in November, taught by India’s leading documentary filmmakers, to one staff person from your organization to attend for no charge (We will provide accommodation in Goa if your organization can bear travel expenses to and from Goa).

We are attaching a flyer and application form to this email look forward to hearing from you about helping us in this innovative national program for women’s empowerment through online media!

Best,

Sapna Shahani and Angana Jhaveri

Contact Information: 09819829310/ womenaloud@gmail.com *This material is based on work supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation under prime grant no. 08-91858-000-HCD and The Regents of the University of California. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation or The Regents of the University of California.

Flyer [PDF File, 128 KB. Opens in Google Docs]

Application form [MS Word File, 32 KB. Opens in Google Docs]

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