We have been conducting interviews with media makers who are interested in making a positive difference through their work.The questions we ask pertain to three distinct intersections of media making and change making: What impact the work media makers do may have on the external world they set out to influence, how the work they do transforms them as human beings and, in what ways the changing landscape of tools available for media making might provide new opportunities – even while losing others. In this work some common themes seem to be emerging and we look forward to sharing those with you soon

As we look to the future, we will begin building upon the modest base we have created through this website. We expect to add a regular “live” feature to our website in the coming months. Also, along with our partners we expect to launch a platform that will enable media makers, change makers, thinkers and doers to forge collaborations across borders. As you can imagine, we are excited about the possibilities.

As we grow into the next phase, your contributions will help us get it done better and sooner. Do consider making a contribution today.

Photo: Courtesy Shamina de Gonzaga.
Shamina de Gonzaga is the Executive Director of World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN), a non-governmental organization in association with the United Nations; Editor-in-Chief of Centerpoint Now, a WCPUN publication; and Co-founder of What Moves You?, an educational media collaborative. A representative of NGOs since 1996, she worked as Special Adviser on NGO relations in the Office of the President of the of the UN General Assembly (60th, 61st and 62nd Sessions) and served as Chair of the 61st Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference “Reaffirming Human Rights for All: The Universal Declaration at 60″ (UNESCO, Paris). She co-authored with Michaela Walsh “Founding a Movement: Women’s World Banking 1975-1990” and holds a Master and Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania.
I will explore the boundary of reporting and activism with insights from people whose work and identity traverse both worlds: from “narco-reporters” on the border between US and Mexico to “embedded” journalists in areas of conflict and beyond.

São Paulo

The following video, made by students at SENAC São Paulo, explores the concept of virtual water. Things we consume in our daily lives, cell phones, automobiles etc. expend large amounts of water in their production. São Paulo is currently experiencing the worst water shortage in 84 years and through this video students are equating the steep rise in consumerism to water shortage in the city. The video was completed under the supervision of mediaforchange.org board member Ana Laura Gamboggi Taddei and was part of a larger exhibition of art, photography and films produced by students at SENAC.
  • Ana Laura Gamboggi
    Ana Laura GamboggiSocial Anthropologist, BrazilAna Laura Gamboggi's work with institutions and organizations around the world on environmental research projects add perspective to mediaforchange.org’s educational and research policies. She is a published author and currently teaches at SENAC University, Brazil. Read more...

    Purulia district, West Bengal, India

    Gautam Bose is a Kolkata based filmmaker and serves on the mediaforchange.org board of directors.He is currently collaborating with New York based Tricke Up that is committed to breaking the cycle of extreme poverty. In this project Mr. Bose is training rural women in West Bengal India to make and share the stories of domestic violence in their lives. If successful, the effort will help make the hidden issue of domestic violence more visible. Visual storytelling will be the thread to connect women\\\’s experiences, giving them the confidence to stand up against gender violence. The project is supported by the Ford Foundation.
    For Moushumi, Shakuntala or Golapi the highest technology they ever used was sickles – carved blades essential for harvesting paddy, until, in March they got video cameras from Trickle Up.

    Purulia, in West Bengal state is one of the chronically poor districts of \\\’emerging\\\’ India. Here people are poorly fed, remain poorly educated, they generally have poor health. Women in Purulia are even poorer compared to their male counterparts in every aspect of their lives.

    Women here often get married at an early age – before they are eighteen. They become mothers while still in their teens. Women are expected to work hard at home and in the field. Culturally they are accustomed to a life defined by hard work. But women have no voice when it comes to issues like domestic violence.

    Trickle Up, a US based non-profit has given the women of Purulia 3 video cameras. These cameras have suddenly given Moushumi and her friends a new tool for articulation and communication. They are recording their own stories on video and looking at themselves as groups, discussing, debating and sometimes confronting their own men who perpetrate domestic violence.

    Moushumi, Shakuntala, Golapi and her friends, who were shy and quiet, have started to experience the power of visual storytelling in a community setting. The video cameras and their users may change the gender equations in parts of Purulia permanently.

    -Gautam Bose

    • Gautam Bose
      Gautam BoseDevelopment Communicator, IndiaWith three decades of documentary film-making experience, Gautam's expertise is crucial to the quality control of our content. His experience in development communication informs our strategies in creating the global community of changemakers. Read more...

      Hong Kong

      mediaforchange.org board member Irene Carolina Herrera has been on the frontline of the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong from the very beginning. In her guest blog for us she shares the perspective that even though there may be no tangible outcomes yet from the student led resistance, there is definitely a change in the air. Read the blog
      After a month long sit-in, little concrete results have been accomplished. This rally took place on October 22nd, days after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's comments on Hong Kong's working class suggesting that democratic elections in the city would give too much voice to the poor.
      • Irene Herrera
        Irene HerreraFilmmaker & Educator, JapanIrene Herrera is a photographer, documentary film-maker and video journalist. She is an avid traveler and Irene’s vast body of work and experiences add substance to mediaforchange.org’s global ambitions. She teaches documentary film-making at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo. Read more...

      Salzburg, Austria

      Every summer, for the past 8 years, the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change attracts students and faculty from 5 continents to explore 2 principal questions: “How do news media affect our understanding of ourselves, our cultures, our politics?” and “How can we use media to better cover global problems and to better report on possible solutions?”

      mediaforchange.org founder Sanjeev Chatterjee has served on the faculty of the Academy since 2008 and this year worked with colleague Rhys Daunic of themediaspot.org to mentor the production 2 short videos by students. The videos give us a glimpse into the workings of the Academy and look into the central question that drives mediaforchange.org – what can media change?

      Video editor Rachel Smilan-Goldstein provides some context for the videos below.

      The eighth annual Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change brought together students and faculty from 23 countries and 16 universities for three weeks in 2014. Participants not only took a critical look at how media is used around the world, but also focused on how individuals and teams of media makers and citizens can use myriad forms of media as a tool for positive change. They worked to overcome initial cultural challenges and barriers, challenging personal assumptions about diverse cultures and types of media. Nearly every day for three weeks, participants lived, worked, ate, socialized and traveled together, developing meaningful international relationships. The work produced at the Academy was student-driven, with faculty working with students primarily as facilitators. To conclude the program, teams of students presented their media solutions to the United Nations Development Program. These projects used a variety of media to propose ways to tackle specific parts of big problems in the world today. Problems addressed by participants included climate change, sustainability, poverty, human rights and corruption.
      For better or worse, media makes change. Media can foster prejudice and perpetuate stereotypes. However, it can also improve accountability of governments and connect people with much-needed resources and information. Participants in the eight annual Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change delved into how to use media as a tool to promote small, positive and sustainable changes. Taking into account social responsibility and accountability, students and faculty engaged critically with media topics and sought the best ways to mobilize ideas for change through mediated platforms. Students are urged to reproduce the process of the academy and continue using media to work toward social changes, even if small, after returning to their home countries and universities.
      • Sanjeev Chatterjee
        Sanjeev ChatterjeeFounder & DirectorSanjeev Chatterjee founded mediaforchange.org to create a global platform for media change makers to come together and share their stories. Decades of field experience and interactions with media makers around the world have allowed Sanjeev to shape the organization’s unique vision and values. Read more...
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