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Webby Awards Honors ‘Surviving the Peace,’ ‘Swan Song,’ and ’2013 ICP Infinity Awards’

We are honored to have three of our projects recognized by The 18th Annual Webby Awards.

Surviving the Peace: Angola has been selected as an Official Honoree in the Public Service & Activism category while Swan Song was selected as an Official Honoree in the Documentary: Individual Episode category.

Out of 12,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 U.S. states submitted to the 18th Annual Webby Awards, the Official Honoree distinction is awarded to only the top 15% of all work entered.

Our documentary series on the 2013 ICP Infinity Awards has been selected as a Nominee in the Documentary: Series category. Every Webby Nominee also contends for a Webby People’s Voice Award as selected by the voting public. You can help MediaStorm stay in the running. Cast your vote for MediaStorm to win in the Documentary:Series category by Thursday, April 24th.

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).

Congratulations to all of the Nominees and Honorees.

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MediaStorm Mini-Lesson #001: Audio Interview Basics

In our first audio mini-lesson for the month of April, learn audio and interview techniques from MediaStorm’s executive producer Brian Storm and producer Tim McLaughlin‘s 101: Reporting Track.

A new lesson will be posted next Monday, April 14thSubscribe to our YouTube channel to be first in line to see it.

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20 Years After Genocide, Rwanda Resurges

Claudin Mukakalisa (26), and her son Jeandediue Ufiteyezu (11)
Gisazi, Rwanda
(source: Jonathan Torgovnik for Intended Consequences)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most horrific events in modern history. Between April and June of 1994, an estimated 800,000 Tutsis were killed in the span of 100 days in the small central African country of Rwanda. The ramifications of this genocide continue to this day. In Intended Consequences, Jonathan Torgovnik, MediaStorm and our partners at Foundation Rwanda examined particularly tragic stories left behind by the Hutu militia - the lives of the women they held captive, raped – and left pregnant.

20 years later, Rwanda is able to tell a story that once seemed unlikely, one of optimism and resurgence. Jules Shell, Executive Director & Co-founder of Foundation Rwanda, offers a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs survivors of the genocide face today.

What signs of recovery have you seen in Rwanda over the past two decades? 

Jules Shell: Rwanda has made great strides since the genocide, in the rebuilding of the country. There has been a lot of development and investment, in particular in building the capacity of the government to deliver essential services such as primary education and healthcare. However, there are still great challenges for the country which is still one of the least developed in the world (ranked 167 out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index 2012). Vulnerable and marginalized populations within the country, such as women genocide survivors, and their children born of rape, still have particular challenges resulting from the genocide – which is why Foundation Rwanda is specifically focused on delivering support specifically to them.
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Call for Proposals: Alexia Foundation 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant

Srey Neth and Lia move into the STAR House, a secondary transition home designed to help victims of sex trafficking to learn the skills to reintegrate into society without falling back to sex work. The teenagers are residents of Transitions Global and have experienced horrific physical and mental abuse largely at the hands of their fellow Cambodians. Photo by 2012 Women’s Initiative Grant Winner Tim Matsui.

The Alexia Foundation announced the call for entries for their 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women. Any photojournalist from anywhere in the world is eligible to submit a proposal by June 30, 2014.
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MediaStorm Online Training Mini-Lessons Coming to YouTube

Multimedia students and professionals have used our Online Training to take their storytelling skills to the next level for three years now, letting MediaStorm’s production team walk them through essential tools and techniques for improving production quality. Now we’re excited to bring a few key lessons from behind the paywall exclusively on the MediaStorm YouTube Channel.

Audio is our theme for April. Every Monday this month we’ll release a new lesson on gathering and producing great audio from our executive producer Brian Storm and producer Tim McLaughlin‘s 101: Reporting Track.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be first in line for our mini-lessons.

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