Community Correspondents

Video Volunteers

Video Volunteers

Video Volunteers (VV) runs India's only reporting network that's focused exclusively on providing broad coverage from the poorest, most media-dark districts in India. We currently have 206 individuals trained across India's most diverse and marginalised communities, who all earn a living as a VV Community Correspondent (CC). Our goal is to grow our network to ensure India's poorest and most conflict-ridden districts have a video producer and news outlet.

 

Videos from Video

Meet Rohtak’s Only Woman Motorcycle Mechanic

 
/ June 21, 2017

In a state infamous for crimes against women, Mukesh Devi, the only woman automobile mechanic, is running her repairing business with aplomb.

What’s in a Name – Identity, Respect and Patriarchy

 
/ June 12, 2017

The patriarchal politics of names and women's identity. Join the discussion on Twitter @videovolunteers on June 13, 1-2 PM.

Let our love abide: Bismarque Dias

 
/ December 10, 2015

“Be Kind, Live Kind…together we can make a difference.” This video is a tribute to Bismarque Dias, his fiery spirit, and his unending love for his Mother, Goa. In his early days, Bismarque spent his time as a priest inspiring young people across Goa to voice their opinions and concerns....

Training for Change

 
/ November 30, 2015

Before Aarti Bai Valmiki was trained in 2013 as a community correspondent, she had never held a camera in her life. She had only held a broom and faced daily discrimination as a woman and as an ‘untouchable’manual scavenger. On October 4, 2015, she won VV’s Most Consistent CC award...

50 million affected by Arsenic Poisoning in West Bengal

 
/ March 8, 2017

As rural West Bengal’s residents die of poisoning, the local administration claims they have no knowledge of the problem in the area Everyday Jahema Bewa has to trudge miles through muddy fields to get drinking water. While there are deep tubewells in her village, Jahema and others in her village...

Abhay Deol at the closing ceremony of the largest community media gathering of India

 
/ October 6, 2015

The largest community media gathering of grassroots video journalists came to a close on Oct. 4, in Candolim, Goa. Actor Abhay Deol was at the ceremony, where he watched videos made by community video correspondents from around India. Later, when he fielded questions from Video Volunteers’ correspondents, he was put in a unique...

Gearing up for India’s largest Community Media Gathering

 
/ September 24, 2015

If you are based in Goa – or excited enough about the community movement in India to travel from far to see it up close – we invite you to come join the fun.

You are Invited to India’s largest Community Media Gathering

 
/ September 21, 2015

Dear Members of the Media, What will 150 people armed with cell-phone cameras and trained in documentation, storytelling and video journalism be doing, from 29 September through 4 October in Goa? And why will film-star Abhay Deol be joining them on their final evening? This is to invite you to come and find out: at...