Fast Company has named Knight News Challenge Winner Jessica Mayberry as an 'Innovation Agent' for her project Video Volunteers, which trains people in rural India to tell their community's stories through video. So far, the project has trained 150 community producers. From the story:
Founded in 2003, well before hyperlocal news became a buzzword as the pillars of traditional media crumbled, Video Volunteers took aim at the widening gap between rich and poor caused by technology in developing nations. By putting cameras in the hands of denizens of India's poorest villages and slums, Mayberry believes she's started a global communications revolution. "Our goal is to have at least one community producer in each of the 625 districts in India," says Mayberry, likening Video Volunteers to a "grassroots Reuters news agency." But her vision goes beyond just producing a news feed from a place few international journalists claim as their territory. "With training, these videographers can go into the stringer system for any news organization," she says, "they can earn a living."
Check out one of the project's videos, produced by a young woman from a poor farming family who has used a microloan to buy a computer for editing.
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