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The Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change is a unique three-week action research and critical making program that brings young media makers together from around the world to critique and create civic media for social change. The academy focuses on responding to the wicked problems of the world, and values human connections and co-creation of media initiatives to solve them. We focus on developing media and digital literacies that can be applied to inform intractable issues that face us today. The arc of the Academy is as follows:

  • Mission - The Salzburg Academy challenges students and faculty to harness creative media to inform global problem-solving.
  • Vision - Our vision is to encourage a generation of innovators in journalism, communications research and information design who can drive institutional and community change at scale.
  • Strategy - Our strategy is to convene extremely promising students from highly diverse backgrounds, expose them to leading thinkers and practitioners, and support breakthrough collaborations that result in implementable practices, technologies, and designs.
  • Program - We partner with selected universities to identify students with remarkable promise, and to create a laboratory environment where media innovation can flourish, face-to-face and virtually.
  • Outcomes - Salzburg Academy faculty and fellows deploy media applications, analysis and reporting to produce specific breakthroughs in problem framing, understanding and solution.

Over 70 students and a dozen faculty from all five continents gather annually in Salzburg to work in international teams and across disciplines. Since be founded in 2007, a global network of young media innovators has emerged, with over 750 students, 150 faculty, and a host of visiting scholars and practitioners. In this time, participants in the Academy have built:

  • Prototypes plans for media innovation
  • Global Case Studies that explore media's role in the world across borders, cultures, and divides
  • Digital Vignettes that show media's impact on the world
  • Global Media Literacy Models for engaging communities to be more sustainable and vibrant in digital culture
  • A Network of young media innovators that work to lead and invent the future media industries best suited for success in digital culture

We have had the pleasure of welcoming the following visiting scholars:

  • Richard Goldstone - South African judge who helped bring down the Apartheid / UN chief prosecutor
  • Dana Priest - Pulitzer-prize winning journalist for CBS / Washington Post
  • Richard Ford - Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
  • Bianca Jagger - Social Activist
  • Tom Stoppard - Playwright
  • Henry Jenkins - Founder, MIT Center for Civic Media
  • Anthony Kennedy - US Supreme Court Justice
  • Liz Lufkin - Yahoo News front page editor
  • Charles Sennott - founder of the GlobalPost
  • Will Dobson - foreign policy editor at Slate
  • Lucio Mesquita - director, BBC Monitoring
  • Martin Weiss - Head of Press Dept, Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Maya Morsi - UNDP Egypt
  • Ivan Seigal - Director, Global Voices

Upcoming Sessions in 2017:

Salzburg Academy on Media and Social Change
July 16 to August 5, 2017

 

What Media Can Change

Academy Work Recognized by United Nations Development Program in Europe and Central Asia
Academy Work Recognized by United Nations Development Program in Europe and Central Asia
Tanya Yilmaz 
Students from this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change have had their work recognized by the United Nations Development Program in Europe and Central Asia.

Featured on the Voices from Eurasia blog, University of Maryland student Sandra Nyanchoka and Universidad Iberoamericana student Eduardo Aguilar talked about how their group work aimed to develop media-oriented solutions to development challenges posed by the United Nations Development Program’s Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (UNDP).

Jennifer Colville, policy advisor to the UNDP set the stage for students to engage with their projects and she was present on Skype when the students pitched their ideas at the end of the three week program.

Alongside 11 other students, Nyanchoka and Aguilar were set the task of looking at how they could prevent corruption within educational systems in Serbia, Armenia, and Moldova using media-orientated solutions. They were then divided into three teams, all looking at a different approach at how to tackle corruption through a campaign, a reporting tool or a game.

For Moldova, the game ‘Bribe?’ was proposed to offer Moldovan citizens a better understanding of the motivations behind corrupt teachers, students, and parents. In their blog post, Nyanchoka and Aguilar outlined two questions which guided their research of corruption: (1) what led to this and why is it so common? (2) Who are the stakeholders?

The game is currently being further developed and designed by the Engagement Lab at Emerson College – led by faculty member Eric Gordon.

The Academy work emerged in the form of Media Action Plans (MAPs) which explored where civic activism can help bring forth the marginalized and oppressed voices around the world. These MAPs looked at development challenges of youth unemployment, sustainability, climate change, human rights, and corruption – all producing a media platform to aid them within their presentation.
All project presentations can be found on the SAC 08 session page: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/sac08
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71 Civic Voices Aim to Change the World with Media-Orientated Solutions
71 Civic Voices Aim to Change the World with Media-Orientated Solutions
Tanya Yilmaz 
The largest ever cohort of seventy-one students of twenty-three nationalities from sixteen colleges*, joined together for three weeks in order better their understanding of the role of media as an agent for change in the digital age– particularly in the context of their role as citizens of local and global communities.

Over the course of the three-week program at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, international students from five continents listened to lectures, took part in workshops, and worked in groups to develop media-oriented solutions to the challenges posed by the
United Nations Development Program’s Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (UNDP).

As a new addition to the annual program, the UNDP staged real world challenges that they are currently working on in the developing world in regional country offices and called on students to examine and make proposals on how media can be used to address challenges around youth unemployment, sustainability, climate change, human rights, and corruption.

The Salzburg Academy began in 2007 as a partnership between Salzburg Global Seminar and the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda at the University of Maryland, and now in its eighth year, the Academy has attracted partner universities from across the world that are home to reputable journalism and communications schools. At this year’s Academy, resident faculty members welcomed new staff from first time colleges including University of Rhode Island, George Washington University, USA, Jadavpur University, India, Jordan Media Institute, Jordan, American University of Sharjah, UAE and Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China.

Entitled “Civic Voices - Justice, Rights and Social Change”, this year’s students worked in small groups to develop emerging challenges to civic rights and justice and sought to discover how digital media can help support social progress in a more globally connected world. This work emerged in the form of Media Action Plans (MAPs) which explored where civic activism can help bring forth the marginalized and oppressed voices around the world.

Students outlined the Media Action Plans (MAPs) for their chosen country where they framed the issue at hand, offered solutions and implementation ideas and produced a visualization to highlight their findings. With a focus on new media, the groups narrowed their focus to revolve their ideas around the use of interactive games and apps. To facilitate such proceedings, the Academy welcomed back Eric Gordon, director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College.

Jennifer Colville, policy advisor to the UNDP Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group set the stage for students to engage with their projects by initiating a full-day program in the first week of the Academy giving an overview of the development landscape as well as the challenges to be researched. The 2014 Academy students also took part in the UN’s “MY World” survey, providing the UN insight into what the students consider to be the most important global issues for them.
 
They then pitched their final 14 ideas to Colville who joined the Academy over Skype on August 7.  

She praised the students for their attention to funding implications – particularly in mobilizing resources to perpetuate the development of their app ideas.

She said: “They are very inspiring and encouraging, so congratulations to all of you. I know the country offices are very excited about looking at what some of these opportunities might be for their country offices.”

All project presentations – including Media Action Plans, Prezi presentations as well as group videos can be found here.

In previous years students have contributed towards many research projects, including UNPLUGGED, which analyzed the technological habits of university students around world and “A Tethered World” which looked at mobile phone use in daily civic life, as well as additional projects focused on exploring global media coverage of the Beijing and London Olympics.

The program was led by faculty from partner universities, including resident faculty members and award-winning documentary makers Sanjeev Chatterjee and Rhys Daunic. Together with six competitively selected students, Chatterjee and Daunic led a multimedia production team who produced two video which focus on what media can change, and the other looks at how the media can change.

The multimedia team videos

What Media Can Change How Media Can Change A number of guest speakers also joined faculty members to deliver lectures to students including Anwar Akhtar, Director of the Samosa – a culture and politics site focused on Britain and South Asia, developed to support welfare, human rights, education, and citizenship groups in Pakistan. Dean of Media School at Bournemouth University, UK and returning Faculty member, Stephen Jukes also delivered a lecture on ‘Journalism Norms in a Digital Culture’. The Academy also welcomed back guest speaker Justeen Hyde, director of research and evaluation at the Institute for Community Health in Massachusetts and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. In her talk with students, she offered a workshop in conducting participatory research with communities. This tied in well with a video presentation via Skype by co-founders of Everyday Africa, Austin Merrill and Peter DiCampo who talked about their photography project which uses images captured on smart phones to refute stereotypes of Africa and re-direct focus toward a more accurate understanding of normal life on the continent.

The annual Bailey Morris-Eck lecture was made by visiting scholar, Najib Sharifi, who discussed how his interdisciplinary career has given him a sound knowledge of media reporting – particularly conflict-sensitive journalism. Changing from Within In addition to improving their knowledge of development challenges, many of the students felt that the Academy inspired them to make some sort of change – particularly within themselves.

For some it was on a personal development level, such as Aupula Ghosh, a Masters student at Jadavpur University, India, majoring in film studies.

“After these 3 weeks we will not just go ahead and change our country or change the world but this Academy is really creating a certain mindset in us. I can now try to find my own creative, innovative ways in my own locality, my own community and this Academy is providing me with that mindset.”

University of Maryland government and politics student, Matthew Bringuier also believes that the Academy has offered him an experience that has opened his eyes to the depth of diversity within cultures – particularly the different types of Arabic.

“It has been very eye-opening and you just have to keep an open-mind. It has been so great being able to talk to people in an open forum and to study with the professors from all of the universities from different countries. It has been a monumental experience,” Matt explains.

Fernando Garcia Alvarez, a communications student at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico, will take back what he learnt and apply it to how he views the world.

He said: “It [the Academy] has changed me because when you look at the world you think about it at from other regions – you think about it in a cold, external and ‘other’ way, but here I felt that I got more sensibility about trying to understand deeply about culture, people, religion - everything - in other regions of the world.” Unexpected Outcomes Other students now feel inspired in their career prospects to try and make change, like a student from Bournemouth University, UK.

“One of my aspirations is to work for the UN….the networks created here have made clear [that] you never know, the people you meet in our age range, could in the future, be a colleague or they might be the ones giving you a job at the end of the day,” explained third year politics and media student, Douglas Tham.

Other students left with a similar global outlook – something they did not expect to have when they arrived such as Balquees Basalom, an American University of Sharjah, UAE, majoring in mass communication with concentration on journalism and a minor in Arabic literature.   

She said: “I think it made us all feel like global citizens for example the projects we are working on. We are putting so much effort into something we won’t see the benefit of directly but know we are working towards a better world in general. It’s making, enhancing and enforcing the concept of a global citizen rather than just having routes for one country or one culture.”

Antony Ojwang, communications student at Daystar University, Kenya also looked back on an unexpected outcome from his experience at the Academy – teaching him to talk less, and listen more.

“For me the Academy is like dropping me in to a sea. In the sea you have of all types of creatures. In the Academy you have all types of people. Before I used to talk a lot but I have realized that there are people who think better than me and for me that’s a plus because whenever I find somebody who does better than me, I listen to them and pick out something from the experience. Being here has taught me to listen rather than talk,” Antony explains.

Moving Forward Selma Zaki, one of the 23 American University of Beirut students at this year's Academy advocated the importance of the work at this year’s Academy – particularly as a major of psychology.

“My experience has been very fruitful and I’ve learned a lot of skills and techniques. I learned not to generalize from a nationality and not only a nationality, but even in Lebanon, you have different sects and different types of people and we get so used to stereotyping everybody – that’s what I’ve learned from interacting with others.”

Selma also reflected on how previous Fellow’s recommended the program to her.

“The people who came before me kept on telling me ‘it’s the best time of your life, you’re going to have so much fun’, so I focused so much on the positive that I didn’t realize that even the difficulty of adapting is a beautiful experience. We are getting out of our comfort zone which in the moment is a negative feeling but then it turns into a positive one,” she explains.

The Salzburg Academy has become a lot more than a program just dedicated to “Media and Global Change” – it has allowed students to transcend geographical, technological, social and cultural boundaries. This year, the theme was “Civic Voices” and from the work and responses by both faculty and students – many are leaving with a global voice.
A selection of photographs from the 2014 Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change are available on Flickr Winning entries from the 2014 Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change photography contest are available on Facebook A selection of student-made videos from the 2014 Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change are available on Facebook *Participating universities this year were: American University of Beirut, Lebanon; American University of Sharjah,UAE;  Bournemouth University, UK; Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China SAR; Daystar University, Kenya; Emerson College, USA; George Washington University, USA; Jadavpur University, India; Jordan Media Institute, Jordan; Pontifica Universidad Catolica, Argentina; University of Rhode Island, USA; Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico; University of Maryland, College Park, USA; University of Miami, USA; University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Slovakia; University of Texas at Austin, USA and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
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Najib Sharifi: “Once you’re a journalist, you’re always a journalist”
Najib Sharifi: “Once you’re a journalist, you’re always a journalist”
Tanya Yilmaz 
In the annual Bailey Morris-Eck lecture at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, guest lecturer, Najib Sharifi delivered an insightful talk on conflict-sensitive journalism.

As a frequent commentator on Afghanistan issues on both Afghan and international media, Sharifi’s career has transcended academe and journalism, politics and medicine. He is president of Afghan Journalists Safety Committee and Afghan Voices and has worked for leading news organizations, including The New York Times, BBC, CNN, and National Public Radio. Najib has also served as senior political officer for the Office of the Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan as well as an active medical practitioner.

With this sound knowledge of media reporting in conflicts, Najib addressed the students that conflict-sensitive journalism can vary greatly from traditional reporting in that, as journalists, we have a duty to resolve conflicts and prevent further escalation of wars caused by inaccuracies in reports. He proposed that when reporting on a conflict of two sides, report the view of the third party - that of the ordinary people effected by the conflict.

Sharifi was recently awarded the title of Peace Hero by the Peace Museum in Vienna, Austria which is part of the Windows for Peace project that will aim to educate the public through interactive window displays across the city. Featuring influential figures such as Vienna’s own Bertha von Suttner, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi, the project will run from June 2014 through June 2016.

Listen below to hear highlights from Najib’s Bailey Morris-Eck lecture.

Najib's Lecture Slides


Najib Sharifi attended Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change: Civic Voices - Justice, Rights and Social Change which runs July 20 to August 9. For more information and updates from the session, please see the program page: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/go/sac08 and on Twitter with the hashtag #SAC2014
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Media and Change: Empowerment and Civic Voice
Media and Change: Empowerment and Civic Voice
Tanya Yilmaz 
“An open mind is all you need to achieve change.” This was the message proposed to Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change students, during the session on “Media & Change: Empowerment and Civic Voice”. Led by faculty members Roman Gerodimos and Jessica Roberts, the interactive and collaborative discussion aimed to evoke responses from students about the idea of change and being empowered to make change happen.  Gerodimos, Principal Academic in Global Current Affairs at Bournemouth University, UK started proceedings by asking students to consider why and how they would affect change within their own lives and to think about the main determinants of this process. One student from the UK said, “I want to change the world because I think there are lots of amazing and beautiful things in it but sometimes you feel that the whole thing has to turn upside down to make these beautiful things flourish.” Another student from Kenya said, “We don’t even know ourselves so by the mere fact that we are ready to change something means that we’ll discover something about ourselves that we are yet to know.” He paired his conversation with three short videos (available below).  Jessica Roberts, lecturer in communications at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China, added to the discussion by contextualizing such ideas in the work the students will be completing during the three-week Academy.  The 2014 Academy students will focus on two major programs and activities including work for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group, where they will work on real world challenges UNDP are working on around the world. The three main areas of focus are: poverty reduction, human rights, and the environment. Students will work in teams to develop media-oriented solutions to the challenges posed. Students will also engage in a weekly photo contest.  Roberts paid particular attention to how students can make their case studies more innovative by considering platform choice, target audience and location to maximize impact on media dialogue and global change. This was sustained through the proposal of a framework which would allow students to target a problem within the three main areas of focus, suggest points of action which people can take in terms of counteracting the problem, and to then clarify what the end goal is. The session provoked not only civic voices in terms of media and change – but also global ones. 

Video 1 - Invisible Parents

Video 2 - Thai Commerical

Video 3 - This is Water

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Salzburg Academy Guest Lecturer Najib Sharifi Recognized as ‘Peace Hero’
Salzburg Academy Guest Lecturer Najib Sharifi Recognized as ‘Peace Hero’
Tanya Yilmaz 
Najib Sharifi got an unexpected call just moments after giving the 2014 Bailey Morris-Eck Lecture at this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, a program on comparative journalism and problem solving held 20 July to August 9 at Schloss Leopoldskron.   To his surprise, he was informed that he had been awarded the title of Peace Hero by the Peace Museum in Vienna, Austria.  The Award is an initiative of the newly-opened Peace Museum, and is part of the Windows for Peace project that will feature influential figures in window spaces across the city. Sharifi’s achievements will be showcased alongside other Peace Heroes including Vienna’s own Bertha von Suttner, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi. Windows for Peace is a groundbreaking initiative designed to educate the public through interactive window displays that will illustrate the work of more than 150 Peace Heroes. The project is unprecedented in scale and runs from June 2014 through June 2016.   A native of Afghanistan, Najib’s career transcends academe and journalism, politics and medicine. He is president of Afghan Journalists Safety Committee and Afghan Voices and has worked for leading news organizations, including The New York Times, BBC, CNN, and National Public Radio.

He has been a frequent commentator on Afghanistan issues on both Afghan and international media and many of his opinion pieces have been featured in global media outlets including South Asia Global Affairs Journal and Foreign Policy. Najib has also served as senior political officer for the Office of the Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan as well as an active medical practitioner. The connecting thread across his career has been work that supports understanding and peaceful development for those divided by belief or group.  Whilst attending this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, which runs from July 20 to August 9, Sharifi delivered the Morris-Eck lecture on conflict-sensitive journalism. Program Director, Paul Mihailidis praised Sharifi for his contribution to this year's Academy and said that his experience in the field of media change has been invaluable to students. "I think he is a living example of how using the media and engaging [with] the media can build stories that are rigorous and credible [and] can influence change and how that change can lead to political reform, civic reform, cultural reform and social reform."
Najib Sharifi attended Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change: Civic Voices - Justice, Rights and Social Change which runs July 20 to August 9. For more information and updates from the session, please see the program page: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/go/sac08 and on Twitter with the hashtag #SAC2014
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Jennifer Colville: “Innovative development calls for a collision of ideas”
Jennifer Colville: “Innovative development calls for a collision of ideas”
Louise Hallman 
As 2015 draws ever closer, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is supporting partner countries in moving beyond the 15-year old “Millennium Development Goals” (MDGs) and towards a post-2015 development agenda, as embodied in the still-to-be-agreed-upon “sustainable development goals” (SDGs) – and they’re looking to Millennials to help. At this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, the 71 students from 23 countries across five continents are helping the UN agency address real-life challenges in advancing the MDG and SDG agenda. Led by Jennifer Colville, policy advisor in the UNDP’s Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (KICG), the students will be examining and making proposals on how media can be used to address the challenges around youth unemployment and livelihoods, climate change, human rights, and corruption. KICG is UNDP’s in-house resource for “innovation for development” policy advice and technical support to partner countries around the world. Colville leads the Group’s effort to explore “next generation” capacities needed to manage the complex, dynamic, and unpredictable nature of development today, with a specific focus on innovative approaches to collaboration, participation, and inclusion. In her role, Colville also manages UNDP’s newly launched Innovation Facility, a $10 million fund to support innovation for development around the world.  In a full-day program in the first week of the three-week Academy, Colville set the stage for the students’ efforts over the coming weeks by giving an overview of the development landscape, citing facts and figures and underscoring the importance of multi-dimensional responses – at the societal, organization and individual levels. To bring development challenges to life, UNDP colleagues from around the globe presented via video Skype a number of innovative programs already in place; from “Micro Narratives”, collecting and sharing stories to address intolerance in Georgia, and “Pistaljka”, a whistleblowing website launched in Serbia to uncover corruption, to “The Road to Zero Youth Unemployment”, a game being designed to build empathy and ultimately tackle the high rate of unemployment among highly-educated youth in Bhutan.  The Bhutanese example is an area in which UNDP’s KICG is developing a growing interest: the emerging field of “gamification” – the use of games to raise awareness and engage citizens on a pressing development issue, build empathy among those who might have differing opinions, and ultimately change people’s behavior with regard to the issue. “UNDP is trying to be more innovative. One of the things we’re looking at is gamification. We’re also looking a whole host of other things like behavioral science, foresighting, social innovation camps, labs, hubs, challenges… A key piece of the innovation agenda is the communications aspect of it. We’re trying to “work out loud” or communicate more frequently throughout the entire process of development for a variety of reasons: so that more actors are aware of and become involved in the process, so that feedback can heard as early on in the process as possible, and so that information and knowledge are shared more broadly across projects. Better communications can help us design and deliver more effective projects with our partners,” explained Colville. As part of their innovative approach, the UNDP hosts regular research and development events, and it was through such an event that Colville and the UNDP became involved in the Salzburg Academy thanks to the Emerson Engagement Lab, led by Salzburg Academy faculty member Eric Gordon at Emerson College, Boston, USA.  “Last year our regional [R&D] event in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS) was on behavioral science and gamification, and Eric with the Emerson Engagement Lab was invited to that. Then we had him come and speak to colleagues in New York and he started to work with a number of our country offices as well. And he said ‘We’ve got this [Academy] going – it would be great for you to come and give the development perspective!’,” Colville explained. The 2014 Academy’s group work builds on Gordon’s Ithiel de Sola Pool lecture on the Impact of Communications Technology on Society and Politics at the 2013 Academy. In his lecture, Gordon laid out how by playing learning games, such as 1990s school hit, Oregon Trail, and direct impact games like Darfur is Dying (where one must keep their refugee camp functioning in the face of possible attacks by Janjaweed militias), opportunities for learning and empathy can be realized in a much more accessible manner than simply reading books or listening to lectures. It is this sort of innovative thinking that Colville is hoping to harness from this year’s cohort of Salzburg Academy students.  “There is a tendency to go towards the new kinds of media but one of the groups I was speaking to basically felt that even that was old hat. ‘An app is so 2013!’” laughed Colville. “And so that’s great because they want to push [innovation] even further, and that’s what we at UNDP hope to get from our interaction with young people. As we develop programs for young people, it’s really important for us to work with them to push boundaries. “I think what it would be great to have from them is that out-of-the-box thinking. There is the new and the ‘out there’ thinking that I’m looking for – the different perspective they bring is invaluable,” she added. The 2014 Academy students also took part in the UN’s “MY World” survey, providing the UN insight into what the students consider to be the most important issues for them. Colville and her colleagues might be turning to Millennials to help find solutions to the world’s development challenges, but that’s not to say that they are no longer listening to the older generation. “The demographic shift is calling for a response and an engagement with youth – we cannot ignore it and we don’t want to ignore it. But we’re not only engaging the youth; it’s part of a broader effort that the UNDP is trying to undertake with our international partners to reach out to a variety of voices that we haven’t traditionally heard from. It is about hearing all these different voices – that’s where this collision of ideas happens and where the great ideas can emerge,” said Colville.  Whilst Colville’s busy schedule unfortunately meant that she could not stay in Salzburg for the full three-week program, she remains keen to hear what the students propose in their final presentations next week. As the students delve into their projects, many are interacting with UNDP Country Offices around the world, including UNDP Iraq on a citizen journalism project; UNDP Armenia and Serbia on a corruption in education initiative; and UNDP Mexico on a water access project. At at dinner with the students ahead of her departure last week, Colville told the international cohort of students: “I can’t wait to dial in on August 7!” 
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Sanjeev Chatterjee: "I'm a media maker who is interested in using media for positive change"
Sanjeev Chatterjee: "I'm a media maker who is interested in using media for positive change"
Tanya Yilmaz 
Award-winning filmmaker Sanjeev Chatterjee has spoken to Salzburg Global Seminar on how his documentary work has been guided by an early notion of wanting to be a media maker for positive change.

In our latest podcast, Sanjeev Chatterjee talked about his participation in this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change and how he hopes the students situate their values in the context of being a global citizen.

Chatterjee founded mediaforchange.org in 2012 which aims to offer the next generation of media change-makers an engine for innovation and reinvention in the media using the power of visual storytelling. His previous award-winning work includes a motion picture about potable water entitled One Water which won two awards at the Broadcast Education Association in 2004 as well as being the recipient of the Best Environmental Feature award from the Artivist Film Festival, 2008, Best Documentary Cinambiente 2008, Turin, Italy and Best Documentary at the Foyle Film Festival 2008, Derry, Ireland. Chatterjee also won the Best of Festival, King Award at the Broadcast Education Association’s Media Arts Festival in 2006 with his television pilot, Through Her Eyes – a series of mini-documentaries about female photojournalists. A sequel was released in 2011 and in the film, Beyond Assignment, Sanjeev was Executive Producer.

He is currently Professor at the School of Communications in the departments of Cinema and Interactive Media and Journalism at the University of Miami. He is also a faculty member at the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change where this year he presented a screening of his upcoming Hidden Cities documentary to show participants how their actions should be empathic, connected and curious in relation to how the media can help build a better world.

Videos of Sanjeev's work

 

One Water Trailer

 

 

Beyond Assignment Trailer




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