The purpose of the Youth Multimedia Training Program (YMTP) is to equip young professionals in the media, especially news photographers, video journalists, producers, and journalists, with skills that will allow them to be more effective, using new technology, innovation, multimedia and social media.
Technology, multimedia and a very active social media sphere dominate the current global activities. Understanding how to effectively utilize multimedia, information technology, telecommunications and social media is almost mandatory for any entities wanting to succeed in a competitive market. Even more importantly, recent history has shown us many examples of the power these tools have given the common man to spur national dialogue and voice opinions otherwise silenced.
YMTP is a four week-long, intensive training program designed in a comprehensive and pragmatic approach, that has been tailor-made to fit the social, economic and cultural context of the participants’ environment. The program includes technical training, as well as lessons imparted to participants by real world practitioners. These professional have a unique and impressive experiences, which give them a truly special and relatable position to teach eager young professionals who will face many of the same challenges in their own careers. The program will allow participating professionals to learn how to better multitask, produce high quality work, and learn to manage the pressures of producing in a fast pace field.
Meet The Team
Emmanuel has over 10 years of experience in the production of audio-visual media enabling organizations to reach and communicate effectively with their audiences.
Skilled at documenting a wide range of video concepts and as a result have contributed significantly to numerous publications, training videos and hands-on lectures in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. These experiences have honed his ability to identify areas of growth, connect the clients’ message to their intended audience and subsequently advise
on best practices in goal oriented and effective communications. More info on Emmanuel can be found at http://www.refinedcreative.com/
Visual and Multimedia Producer
Jacob Foko is an award-winning photojournalist, news and documentary photographer and a passionate humanitarian.
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Freelance Visual Journalist
Javier Manzano is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in Mexico, Manzano left for the United States at the age of eighteen.
To a large extent, his work has focused on the many cross-border issues that bind these two nations together – as estranged neighbors, vital partners and at times feeble associates. His career started in the newspaper industry as a photo- and videojournalist, and later expanded into television and electronic media. The Rocky Mountain News, Manzano’s last employer, closed its doors in February of 2009. Since then, Javier has worked as a freelance photographer covering the wars in Mexico, Afghanistan and Syria. In 2013, Manzano was awarded the Pulitzer prize (among other international recognitions) for his work in the war in Syria. More info on Javier can be found at http://javiermanzano.com
Jenny Chu has been a video production instructor since 2009 at Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA), a program that teaches Oakland California’s high school students employable skills in video production.
She is also a freelance video journalist, videographer and photographer with a masters degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Journalism School (Class of 2009) where she focused on documentary film and long form television. She has traveled extensively, documenting the ethnic minority groups of China, the massive changes overtaking Shanghai, and the struggles of those in war-torn and poverty-stricken African countries.
She is interested in exploring social issues affecting people around the world, whose voices are underrepresented or forgotten altogether. For example, her master’s thesis project in Sierra Leone, W. Africa was a maternal health story that was published on Frontline World’s website and screened at various film festivals.
Her clients also include Time.com, NY Times.com, California Watch, Oakland Local, Asian Art Museum and KQED. She is looking to expand her teaching duties outside of the U.S. to help empower journalists around the world, and especially in countries with little media coverage, to tell their own stories using video and multi media platforms. More info on Jenny can be found at https://vimeo.com/jennychu
Jessica Waters, Visual Journalist. Jess has been documenting environmental and social issues for over 10 years.
Her work has taken her to document stories in over 10 countries spanning 4 continents, covering a range of topics from bio-toxin research aboard a NOAA research vessel to the illegal wildlife trade across Southeast Asia. She received her BA in Visual Journalism from the Brooks Institute of Photography in 2005. While there, Jessica established a relationship with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, producing two films with The Ocean Channel, Understanding Domoic Acid and Beach Food: The Importance of Kelp for the museum’s newly constructed Ty Warner Sea Center. Both films were invited to participate in the San Francisco and Santa Barbara Ocean Film Festival.
She worked with the museum again in 2007, when several blue whales, all victims of ship strike, washed up onto the shores of Ventura County. Teams of specialists were sent out to conduct a necropsy and harvest any useable bones for the museum’s blue whale skeleton. Her prior relationship allowed her to capture these rare events from start to finish, footage of which has been used in National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries.
Today, Jess has over 300 stock footage clips represented by 5 different stock houses and continues to freelance for a variety of commercial clients from her southern California home. More info on Jessica can be found at. http://jesswaters.com
Mireille Laure Mekong
Mireille Laure Mekong est une journaliste passionnée de la cause sociale et de l’humanitaire. Depuis près de 10 ans sur le terrain, elle a écumé de long en large l’Afrique centrale pour des reportages d’organismes de Nations-Unies tels que HCR, le PAM, l’OMS.
Notamment le Niger via le Burkina et la RCA, pour le compte des Synergies Africaines contre le Sida et les souffrances en Afrique, la Côte d’Ivoire via la République du Congo pour le compte du Centre Suisse pour la Recherche Scientifique, et le Tchad. Son militantisme s’est fait aussi remarquer dans le domaine associatif, le Fonds des Nations-Unies pour la Population l’a érigé en 2011 « entrepreneur pour le changement », et elle figure dans son rapport « impact » pour la même année, ceci grâce aux activités en faveur de la protection de l’environnement de son association Synergie et Développement. Nantie d’un diplôme de technicien supérieur des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication de l’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de l’Information et de la Communication de Yaoundé qui forme la crème de la presse, (ESSTIC), elle s’est spécialisée en télévision. Elle a consacré le plus clair de son temps en tant que reporter pour une chaîne de télévision locale à traiter des sujets de société, au grand bonheur des camerounais qui ont trouvé dans ses thèmes et ses textes, un écho de leur quotidien meurtri par l’indifférence, la corruption et la pauvreté”. Pour plus d’information sur Mireille, veillez visite son site: http://www.mlmekong.com