Jessica Mayberry

by Jessica Mayberry

This is the final post in a 4-part series in which Video Volunteers is sharing what we’ve done over the last year, our experiences, and what we’ve learned. You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. After five years of doing community media in India, we’ve come to understand what […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

This is Part 3 in a 4-part series in which Video Volunteers is sharing what we’ve done over the last year, our experiences, and what we’ve learned. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. In August, the Video Volunteers staff attended an amazing program called the Global Social Business Incubator at Santa […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

As part of a 4-part series, Video Volunteers is sharing what we’ve done over the last year, our experiences, and what we’ve learned. Part 1, which you can read here, was a basic introduction to IndiaUnheard, our flagship rural feature service. Part 2 outlines new ideas we implemented into our training programs in 2011. For […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

The state of technology today means that nearly every village in the developing world could have someone — a local changemaker — who broadcasts his or her issues to the world. It’s commonplace today to hear people say the world is flooded with content and that “everyone” can now be a producer. At every community […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Video Volunteers recently launched IndiaUnheard, a new project (and website) attempting to create a bridge, through community media, between disconnected rural communities and web audiences who are interested in news on issues of human rights, development and corruption. You can see the result and watch the community videos here. As this is a relatively new […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

The TED talk of Ethan Zuckerman, the founder of the international blogging site Global Voices, provides amazing insight into the challenges of telling international stories online. It’s told in the great TED way of painting lots of pictures and using a ton of anecdotes. Zuckerman said it’s a big myth that the web is bringing […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

A few days ago Vince Stehle from the Knight Foundation invited me to the Think Social’s The #Promise conference in New York, and so I organized babysitting for my new son and came for the day. The conference was about how companies are using social media to advance their goals, and many people (mostly very […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

As Video Volunteers’ second program, India Unheard is gathering steam, with some wonderful stories by our new community correspondents, we can’t help but think about all the wonderful and dedicated community producers we have worked with in the past – and are still working with. As many of you know, it takes about a year […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

A big question that we deal with when thinking about the future of locally produced media is how will it ever become financially sustainable? As of right now, Video Volunteers has been supporting local media units in India and Brazil whose basic job is to make video stories about their local issues and then screen […] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

One area that has recently started occupying our attention at VV is the business of newspaper stringers in rural areas in the developing world. Another one is the way that news stories get out, and the difference between a journalism system where stories get “pushed out” and one where they need to be “pulled out.” […] more »