Summary of expertise:
Jessica Mayberry is the Founding Director of Video Volunteers, which provides an alternative community media outlet to empower the world's poorest citizens to right the wrongs they witness and become players in the global media revolution. Disadvantaged communities are trained in journalistic, critical thinking and creative skills, and create locally owned and managed community media units that teach people to articulate and share their perspectives on the issues that matter to them on a local and global scale. After spending a year training women from the slums of Ahmedabad, India, in video, Ms. Mayberry founded Video Volunteers in 2003 to address the media¿s failure to tell stories of positive social change by facilitating partnerships between NGOs and volunteer filmmakers from the West.
Ms. Mayberry has spent much of her time on the ground in India training communities in video production more than 300 people have been trained as Community Producers. Most are working full-time in slums and villages; their media has been seen by more than 250,000 people in thousands of widescreen village screenings and can also be seen on the internet and on Indian and international television. Active in India and Brazil, Video Volunteers has partnered with leading organizations, including Witness, the Global Fund for Children, Pangea Day, and MTV.
Training manuals and materials written for groups such as the Global Fund for Children and Tactical Tech.
Video Volunteers has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Knight News Challenge, a prestigious journalism award; an Echoing Green Fellowship, the premier recognition for young social entrepreneurs; a Tech Award; and the Manthan Award, as well as winning the NYU Stern Business Plan Competition. Jessica Mayberry has been recognized as an Architect of the Future by the Waldzell Institute of Austria and was named a TED Fellow. In 2008, Video Volunteers was shortlisted for the International Development Prize of the King Baudouin Foundation of Belgium. Ms. Mayberry serves on the board of Free the Children, the world¿s largest organization of Children Helping Children and on the Advisory Council of Counterpart International.
Prior media experience:
Prior to founding Video Volunteers, Ms. Mayberry worked in television in New York at Court TV, the Fox News Channel, and CNN.
Ms. Mayberry has a degree in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University.
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