Free Press Unlimited – founder of Mobile Community Zimbabwe (MCZ) – and a local newspaper publishing house ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH) recently joined hands to give young Zimbabweans trained though MCZ an even wider online platform to share their self-made stories with the world.
So far, about 150 videos have been made by its students! These videos have already been shared through social media and will now be published on Alpha Media Holdings Voices, the citizen journalism platform of Alpha Media Holdings. Content produced during future Mobile Community Zim trainings will be made available to Alpha Media Holdings Voices as well. In addition Free Press Unlimited and Alpha Media Holdings will work on developing an internship programme as well as host a competition for best MCZ video.
MCZ aims to empower young Zimbabweans to tell their stories and amplify their voices through citizen journalism using a mobile application called StoryMaker.
By equipping young Zimbabweans from across the country with journalism and technological skills involving mobile phones, Mobile Community Zimbabwe wishes to promote freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity of informational content available within and out of Zimbabwe.
Potential citizen journalists interested in participating in a training can visit the MCZ web page or Facebook page and fill out an application form. New rounds of trainings will be announced shortly.
Mobile Community Zim (MCZ) is a virtual journalism school where young Zimbabweans learn how to use mobile phones to practice citizen journalism and tell their own community stories.