October 6th, 2011

Teaching Girls to be Citizen Journalists

GLOBALGIRL MEDIA puts girls at the center of the story, training a future generation of female citizen journalists.

Last summer, GlobalGirl Media trained 22 high-school-aged girls from underserved communities in South Africa to become participant digital video journalists for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Working in Soweto, they produced over 50 blogs and videos.

After the conclusion of GGM’s highly successful trainings in Los Angeles and South Africa, GGM is taking part in the women’s media revolution in Morocco.

GGM has also introduced mobile journalism into its curriculum.

Check out more youth-produced videos from GGM here.


October 4th, 2011

The Black Girl Project

Finding a good role model can be hard, especially when the media is full of less-than-flattering portrayals of people like yourself. For Black girls it can be especially tricky, almost as if there’s two strikes against them.

The Black Girl Project is a film all about identity. It’s a documentary by Aiesha Turman that asks nine Black girls between the ages of 18-21, all from different backgrounds and ethnicities, who they are. It sounds simple enough but it’s really amazing what kind of stories they have to tell, each story dispelling another negative image out there. But best of all, if you check out the website you can see that it’s become a lot more than a film—you can see on the Facebook page that BGP is laying the framework for a community of support. There’s also educational material coming soon, and a schedule of upcoming screenings of the film. It’s really amazing what can happen when somebody sees a problem and sets out to change it, one film at a time.

October 3rd, 2011

Teaching Kids to Hack

HackasaurusHow cool is this? But more importantly, how vital is it to teach kids to be active media producers instead of passive consumers?

Hackasaurus spreads skills, attitudes and ethics that help youth thrive in a remixable digital world. By making it easy for youth to tinker and mess around with the building blocks that make up the web, Hackasaurus helps tweens move from digital consumers to active producers, seeing the web as something they can actively shape, remix and make better.

Hackasaurus tools make it easy for kids to remix, create and share on the web. The X-Ray Goggles allow learners to see what the web is made of, remix and change their favorite web pages, and share their creations with friends. WebPad makes it easy to take the next step, creating your own web pages in a matter of seconds. And the Hackbook provides bits of code for easy copying and pasting, making it easy to play with the web like lego.

(Source: Hackasaurus)