Video Volunteers identifies, trains and empowers grassroots media producers who create change in and for voiceless communities in the developing world.
Geography Served: Nationwide
Languages: English, Hindi
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Video Volunteers, Bardez, Goa
Video Volunteers identifies, trains and empowers grassroots media producers who create change in and for voiceless communities in the developing world. With 100 community producers working full-time with salaries, Video Volunteers is one of the largest social change media networks in the world. More than 500 videos on topics like child marriage, temple prostitution, insurgent conflict, atrocities against Dalits and peace between Hindus and Muslims have been produced, and have been seen by more than 300,000 people in live outdoor screenings in slums and villages. Every day people are watching new videos online, and countless more have seen our work on television channels in India.
The impact has been providing information to people, developing local leaders, getting people and government to take action, reducing corruption, enabling the poor to advocate for themselves and giving an income to people in slums and villages. Video Volunteers has records of more than 17,000 villagers and slumdwellers taking concrete action after seeing our films, bringing direct benefit to more than 600,000 people. What is unique about Video Volunteers is our deep knowledge of the communities we work with plus our on-the-ground presence. Our model is low-cost and scalable, enabling us to create a network of media producers in the developing world that provides unique content to news stations, NGO campaigns and foundations alike. The near-term goal is to become a stringers network with a presence in each of Indias 645 districts, giving news stations access to areas of the country that were previously expensive to report from, while enabling those communities to bring attention to their issues.
The work has received awards or funding from Ashoka, The Knight News Challenge, Echoing Green, Edelweiss, TED, UNDP, UNESCO, the Tech Awards, the Development Gateway Awards, the Junior Chamber Interational, Waldzell, and Youtube, among others. We have been covered on National Public Radio, Fast Company Magazine, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Al Jazeera, Nickelodeon, Times of India and Hindustan Times, among others.
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Community media is any form of media that is created and controlled by a community, either a geographic community or a community of identity or interest. However, if the fundamental premise of the media is to engage those groups that are categorically excluded and marginalized from the media-making process, it will be included on this website, even if it is not explicitly created and controlled by the community.
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