Vikalpa Video in the YouTube Reporters Top 100 for coverage of 1983 anti-Tamil riots

Screenshot taken at 9.15am, 30th July 2008 (+5.30GMT) The Vikalpa Video Channel made it to the top 100 most viewed channels on the YouTube Reporters category this week. The interest in and traffic to the site was largely generated by over 30 short videos on July '83 available here. To put this significant achievement in … Continue reading Vikalpa Video in the YouTube Reporters Top 100 for coverage of 1983 anti-Tamil riots

Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times

Inspired by a post on Burning Bridge to do a count of the number of times all the videos on the Vikalpa YouTube channel had been viewed, I was pleased to note that the videos had been collectively viewed over 104,000 times to date. The channel itself has been viewed over 5,000 times.  Writing in October 2007 … Continue reading Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times

Citizen News now on YouTube

YouTube, as promised earlier, has launched a new content creation category called Citizen Reporters. This is now what Vikalpa YouTube Video publishes under, as Sri Lanka's first and only mobile phone based video CJ initiative.  While you are at it, check out the comments in response to the announcement video here. Very revealing. 

Hometown Baghdad and a similar idea for Sri Lanka

It's not the first time that I've written here on the power of video to transform conflict, facilitate reconciliation and highlight insights and facets to war not often covered by traditional media. I guess the most well known of exercises in recent times was by Kevin Sikes and his compelling work with Yahoo to document … Continue reading Hometown Baghdad and a similar idea for Sri Lanka

IPS story on New Media in Sri Lanka – A first attempt to grasp new media agenda setting in Sri Lanka

Amantha Perera, with whom I spoke to on the phone around a fortnight ago on Groundviews, ran with a story on new media and its impact on shaping the news agenda in Sri Lanka on IPS today. Titled MEDIA-SRI LANKA: New Media - First With Reports On Intensifying War the story is a explores the … Continue reading IPS story on New Media in Sri Lanka – A first attempt to grasp new media agenda setting in Sri Lanka