Happy World Press Freedom Day!
May 3, 2010
May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. In our commitment to independent media and amplifying the voices of women and girls everywhere, we’d like to celebrate by highlighting the amazing work of our partners at Global Girl Media (GGM). You may have heard about GGM’s amazing work in developing media training programs for South African girls to cover the 2010 FIFA World Cup this summer here, here or here. But they’re not stopping there! This Friday Global Girl Media is launching a Los Angeles Academy, in conjunction with the Press Institute, which authored a 10 day curriculum for media training budding Latina journalists to cover the World Cup as well. Girls from various East/Downtown L.A. High Schools -- many coming from broken homes or otherwise at-risk environments including gangs – will participate. The Latino community’s strong interest in soccer and the World Cup makes the L.A. News Bureau an ideal partner for reporting on the World Cup with its sister Global Girl News Bureau in Soweto. To find out more about this groundbreaking program visit: http://www.globalgirlmedia.org/?page_id=3. As Amie Williams, Executive Director of Global Girl aptly noted, “What better symbolizes press freedom than a teenage girl in an at-risk environment empowered by a camera to tell her own story?” Couldn’t agree more!