About Video Volunteers
Our international community media organization equips women and men in underdeveloped areas with critical thinking, creative, activist and video journalism skills, enabling entire communities to expose underreported stories from their communities and take action to right the wrongs of poverty, injustice and inequality. In India, we have created the largest, most diverse network of salaried Community Producers in the world. Content produced by these fully-trained individuals has been broadcast in mainstream media and is regularly screened online and for hundreds of thousands of people during local events in disadvantaged communities throughout India. Because of our training, hundreds of villagers and slum dwellers working as diamond polishers, students, teachers, artists, photographers, rickshaw drivers, housewives, day laborers, and others from different walks of marginalized life have empowered their communities and transformed themselves into journalists and activists.
The profound lack of diversity in mainstream news media – both in terms of who is producing content and what is being produced – is one of our greatest concerns. We believe that who produces the news is as important as the news itself, and that all people have the right to speak, rather than be spoken for. Video Volunteers enables worldwide audiences to experience local issues of global importance through the eyes of those that live them, offering startling new perspectives from people with the local knowledge, expertise, and resources to effect positive social change.
Our expertise in enabling marginalized individuals to find their voices, raise them, have them heard, and change their communities for the better stems from our staff’s work in various communities in all geographies and social conditions. Our 30+ years of combined experience creating dozens of grassroots rights-based media projects in partnership with more than 50 NGOs has heightened our on-the-ground knowledge of rural India and what it really takes to enable underdeveloped communities to own their own media. The skills we pass on transform ordinary citizens into community journalists and activists – many of whom continue to use and develop those skills for many years.
- Trained 300 Community Producers, of which more than 100 are currently working full time to cover the stories their communities want told in more than 1000 villages in nearly every state of India.
- Enabled 300,000 people to see these films during more than 2,200 night-time community screenings, and thousands more worldwide via online broadcast.
- Enabled 17,000 people to take action and implement local solutions, directly benefiting 635,000 people and giving voice to millions more.
- Publish one IndiaUnheard video a day online, with a total of more than 400 to date, freeing one unheard voice from India every day.
- Sold virtually 50% of content produced in the last two years to mainstream media and NGO clients.
- Continually demonstrate the viability of our business model to scale community media to all districts of India and eventually around the world.
- Instrumental in evolving community media into a key factor of India’s social change agenda as demonstrated by 300+ partnership applications from local and international NGOs and more than $500,000 invested by NGOs in starting programs we have designed.
Communities Taking Action
Hear Us Now
Video for Livelihood in Brazil
Democratizing India’s Airwaves
Diversity, Democracy and Citizenship in Education
Projecting Girl Power
By leading with our unwavering belief that voice in itself is a right and an end in itself, Video Volunteers continuously creates pioneering and innovative models of communi