Lens On Social Justice Winner & Finalists

Our #LensOnSocialJustice campaign has wrapped up. We are thrilled that so many of you joined us and VII Photo in raising awareness of critical social issues affecting your communities and communities across the globe. With the growing speed and ease at which people can access the news, photojournalists play an increasingly important role in engaging … Continue reading Lens On Social Justice Winner & Finalists

How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

When you look up the word “open” in the dictionary, it is defined as “to allow access and a passage”. After being closed off from my native land for more than 20 years, going back to Burma (also known as Myanmar) with the Open Hands Initiative (OHI) and GlobalPost not only gave me the chance … Continue reading How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

It’s October 2011 in Cairo. The whole country is still going through the most tumultuous time in its recent history. A few months back a 30-year-ruling dictator was toppled by a popular revolt. And nothing remained the same afterwards. In the midst of all that, I was juggling multiple freelance video journalism assignments here and there. The … Continue reading America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

Stories from Myanmar’s Past & Present

On the third day of the “Burma Telling Its Own Story” Reporting Fellowship in Myanmar, the fellows had the opportunity to explore their craft further out in the field. Guided by their instructors, the teams set out into the city to gather sound, take photos, film scenes of daily life, and conduct interviews with Yangon … Continue reading Stories from Myanmar’s Past & Present

Kick Off: Young Reporting Fellows Converge in Myanmar (Burma)

June 12th marked the official first day of the “Burma Telling Its Own Story” Cultural Exchange & Reporting Fellowship in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). This project, a partnership between Open Hands Initiative and GlobalPost, has brought together a team of 20 incredibly talented young writers, photographers, videographers and radio broadcasters from the U.S. and Myanmar. … Continue reading Kick Off: Young Reporting Fellows Converge in Myanmar (Burma)