Eddie Avila

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Current Director of Rising Voices. I have also worked as Regional Editor and Spanish Language Editor for Global Voices, as well as a volunteer author for Bolivia. I have been part of GV since 2005. I was part of a team that was awarded a Rising Voices microgrant in 2007 with Voces Bolivianas. Currently based in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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9 April 2014

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Navigating the Bhutanese Media Landscape in a New Democracy

The Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy has been helping local society navigate the country's transition into democracy supporting citizens as they participate more active in traditional and online media. The BCMD is also one of RV's grantees expanding its audio podcasting workshops nationwide.

3 April 2014

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Announcing the Rising Voices Amazonia Project

In partnership with Avina Americas, Fundación Avina, and the Skoll Foundation, Rising Voices will be working directly with communities in the Amazon Region that want to tell their own story and participate more actively online through the use of a variety of digital media tools through a microgrant competition and a mentoring program that will launch next month.

12 March 2014

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Announcing the 2014 Rising Voices Microgrant Competition

Rising Voices announces the launch of the 2014 microgrant competition for citizen media outreach projects. Applicants can now upload their ideas to the site, and receive feedback from our community, as a way to strengthen their proposals and make connections with others. Deadline for applications is April 9, 2014.

20 February 2014

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[StoryMaker] Privilege Musvanhiri of Mobile Community Zimbabwe

At the StoryMaker Camp held in January in Amman, Jordan, we spoke with Privilege Musvanhiri of Mobile Community Zimbabwe. The citizen journalism project took part in a training using the StoryMaker app in Harare, Zimbabwe.

19 February 2014

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[StoryMaker] Vesna Dolinšek of Lam Echaml in Tunisia

At the StoryMaker Camp held in January in Amman, Jordan, we spoke with Vesna Dolinšek of Lam Echaml in Tunisia, one of the local coordinators of the project, who shared her experience of meeting other coordiantors from around the world at the StoryMaker trainings.

18 February 2014

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[StoryMaker] Mustafa El-Ani of the Independent Media Centre Kurdistan

At the StoryMaker Camp held in January in Amman, Jordan, we spoke with Mustafa El-Ani of the Independent Media Centre Kurdistan, one of the local coordinators of the project, who shared his experience with the StoryMaker trainings in Iraq.

17 February 2014

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Tweet in Your Mother Language on February 21

Please join us on February 21 to celebrate International Mother Language Day with a Twitter campaign to highlight and encourage more people to tweet in their mother language using the hashtag #imld14

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[StoryMaker] Emad Shenouda of Al Sawt al Hurr in Egypt

At the StoryMaker Camp held in January in Amman, Jordan, we spoke with Emad Shenouda of Al Sawt al Hurr in Egypt, one of the local coordinators of the project, who shared his experience with the StoryMaker trainings in Egypt, about the local nature of the content and about ongoing challenges.

12 February 2014

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[Arab Bloggers 14] Dina El Hawary of Meedan

Another participant we spoke to at the Arab Bloggers Meeting was Dina El Hawary from Meedan. She provided an overview of the platform and training for the Checkdesk project that she has been working with is Checkdesk, which helps facilitate collaborative verification of social media.

10 February 2014

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[Arab Bloggers 14] Bukeni Waruzi of Witness

During the recent Arab Bloggers Meeting (AB14) held in Amman, Jordan, we spoke with Bukeni Waruzi of Witness, who spoke about his role in AB14, and provided some words of advice for fellow citizen media trainers working in the field.