Jon Vidar

by Jon Vidar

This past November, I made the trip for the second year in a row to the Mozilla Festival in London, a three-day technology binge fest that brings together some of the world’s top thinkers to consider and shape the future of the web. It’s awesome. This year, however, I found myself sneaking away early on […] more »

by Jon Vidar

The Tiziano Project recently launched our new platform for collaborative storytelling, StoriesFrom. We debuted the platform at the Dokufest International Film Festival in Kosovo, where we simultaneously led a two-week filmmaking workshop taught entirely on the iPad. While The Tiziano Project has been completing field training programs since 2007, this was first program we have […] more »

by Jon Vidar

On Saturday, The Tiziano Project launched StoriesFrom — a new, open platform for community-based storytelling. The site allows individuals and organizations to easily create immersive documentary projects that combine the work of both community members and professional journalists and filmmakers. The resulting projects display beautiful and engaging online packages. The Tiziano Project students, Elirë Xhemaili […] more »

by Jon Vidar

For the last five months, I have been running a journalism training program in the West Bank and Jerusalem. We started out with the best intentions, a four-person team and 40 cameras strapped to our backs. Within three months, political activists had run us out of the West Bank, half our team was deported from […] more »

by Jon Vidar

“The next category is Community Collaboration,” says the emcee as we slowly sink down in our seats at the Online Journalism Awards. We’re resigned to defeat against our formidable competition, which includes both CNN and Andy Carvin for his social media-infused orchestration of NPR’s coverage of the Arab Spring. No way are we going to […] more »

by Jon Vidar

In 2006, the phrase “community journalism“ was exploding as a possible savior for the journalism industry (similar to the much-hyped hyper-local journalism today). Somewhere along the way, however, the concept got washed over by a sea of organizations simply distributing Flip Video cameras and expecting amazing content. Who needed a journalism degree? Promoting local voices […] more »