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30th August 2011   

Japan earthquake survivors make their own media

UK online TV station enables Japanese citizens to speak out

 

This September UK-based online TV company visionOntv will be going to the heart of the tsunami zone in Japan in September to train disaster survivors to make their own media. They will also deploy their revolutionary pop-up TV studio to capture both the anguish and the hopes of people trying to piece back together their lives. They will be asking, it is 6 months on from the disaster, what do people need now?

visionOntv will be working in the stricken city of Ishinomaki. Current relief projects include the recycling of expensive fishing nets devastated by the tsunami wave.

visionOntv will also travel into the nuclear disaster area around Fukushima to record the desperation of families who have been advised not to let their children play outside. Recently, residents from the nuclear disaster site went to speak with the authorities in Tokyo, and in an angry meeting tried to give samples of their childrens' urine to officials for testing.

Richard Hering, an ex-TV investigative reporter and one of the visionOntv trainers, comments: "to go past the Japanese authorities' silence, citizen media is the solution. People don't need expensive equipment to get their story out, they just need basic skills".

visionOntv's Making News Roadshow is a unique programme of video citizen journalism, which rapidly empowers participants to make their own news reports with simple technology that they already have in their pockets, such as mobile phones. A recent Making News event in Liverpool, England created a network of citizen reporters who have since produced over 60 reports on their own TV channel. In a disaster zone such as north-eastern Japan, the programme allows the instant broadcasting of stories, information and requests for help.

To cover the Japanese survivors on-site visionOntv will use its pop-up TV studio, a revolutionary technology requiring only a laptop and webcams to make professional-looking TV-style interviews.

The project is also running citizen journalist workshops in Tokyo: for cutting-edge experimental workshop Harajuku Cafe on September 17th, and for citizen campaigners at Meiji University on September 20th.

 

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Notes to editor:

- visionOntv is the world's largest resource of citizen video (more than 10000 films) and curates unique channels of content, such as Grassroots (UK citizen reports), PlugandPlay (the latest tech news and debate) and many others. They come out of Undercurrents (www.undercurrents.org). They have created uniquely powerful tools for people to make and distribute they own media. Recently, they have been mentoring activists in Egypt and in other Arab spring countries to help them make their stories heard

- Starting mid-September, visionOntv will upload the Japanese citizen films made by the Making News participants and all the studio shows produced in Japan.

Contact: Marc Barto 07943296845 info@visionon.tv

Website: http://visionon.tv/makingnews/japan

 


 

 

 

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1st June 2011

      BUILDING THE CITIZEN TV REVOLUTION!

visionOntv's Making News Roadshow begins in Liverpool

 

The "Making News Roadshow" is a series of free-of-charge large-scale workshops in citizen TV reporting in locations around the UK, organised by visionOntv, an internet television station and training project based in London. It kicks off in Liverpool on the weekend of 17th June. The programme is also international, starting in Japan in September.

It is often said that the mainstream media is dying under pressure from the digital revolution, but many editors hope it can get a new lease of life by writing stories around amateur video clips, or "citizen media". Paul Lewis's story of Ian Tomlinson's death at the G20 protest in 2009 is a classic of this kind, where ordinary citizens provide the raw material for traditional professional journalists to add their skills to. But what if the citizen journalists themselves start producing their own finished pieces, of such quality that they are consumed whole and unmediated? For the citizens who filmed or who were there, this is a chance to be their own editors. But surely it's a long apprenticeship to learn the skills necessary to be a TV reporter? visionOntv's roadshow has the answer.

"Making News" is a radically different approach from conventional video training. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the skills of news reporting have been boiled down to a few cartoons on a single side of paper. Students will learn how to make quality news reports with their mobile phone and camera, or just using downloaded photos.

 Richard Hering, an ex-TV investigative reporter and one of the visionOntv trainers, comments: "For the coming citizen TV revolution, people don't need expensive equipment, they just need some basic skills." Director of visionOntv Hamish Campbell adds: "There's far too much wobbly-cam out there with bad sound and no story-telling. With what we're offering, students can match the mainstream media."

Celia Watson, a previous workshop participant, says: "There are as many angles on a news story as there are people witnessing it. Lots of stories don't get covered. visionOntv is giving people all the skills they need to make their own news and get their story out."


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Notes to editor:

- visionOntv is the world's largest resource of citizen video (more than 10000 films) and curates unique channels of content, such as Grassroots (UK citizen reports), PlugandPlay (the latest tech news and debate) and many others. They come out of Undercurrents (www.undercurrents.org). They have created uniquely powerful tools for people to make and distribute they own media. Recently, they have been mentoring activists in Egypt and in other Arab spring countries to help them make their stories heard

- Roadshow in Liverpool: 18-19 June at The Casa 29 Hope Street L19BQ Liverpool. Schedule: Saturday 10am - 6pm  Sunday 10am - 5.30pm

- There will be a photo and interviews opportunity at The Pilgrim 34 Pilgrim Street, L1 9HB Liverpool on Friday 17th June at 7.30 pm, prior to the Making News introductory screening event. 

 

Contact:    info AT visionon.tv

Website:   http://visionon.tv/makingnews

Twitter:     @visionontv #makingnews