Emmanuel Gamor, a Specialist and Curator for YouTube Ghana, and co-host of Mpwr on YFM 107.9 has been given a special recognition in the 2015 MJ Bear Fellows, Under-30 Digital Journalism Stand-Outs.
The announcement was made by the Online News Association, a membership organization of digital journalists. Three journalists under age 30 whose innovative work in independent, community and corporate news that represent the best of new media were acknowledged.
Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor is a multimedia journalist, online engagement specialist and social entrepreneur. One of his earliest ventures was a business partnership with his eleven year old sister to manage online brands and build websites for small businesses. Mr Gamor is passionate about sharing inspirational stories through his video and photography lenses; and spotlights young African leaders in weekly conversations on radio. He believes that by empowering young people with education and entrepreneurship principles, we can collaborate to make the world a better place. He enjoys
The selection committee for the MJ Bear Fellowship combed through 59 applications from 23 countries to choose these up-and-coming digital journalists in partnership with MSN International.
The 2015 MJ Bear Fellows are:
Keron Bascombe, 27, a founder of Tech4agri, a blog that provides information about technologies and innovation in agriculture, including research, agribusiness, entrepreneurship and science, and has nearly 3,000 followers. His plans are to expand the blog into a webseries using mobile and drone journalism contributed by young people involved and interested in agriculture
Nadia Tamez-Robledo, 27, an education reporter for the Caller-Times in Corpus Christi, Texas. Nadia built an interactive database of undocumented migrants who have died crossing the harsh terrain of Brooks County, Texas, on their journey north. The remains are being examined by a team of volunteers from Texas universities, all working pro bono to help return them and their belongings to their families.
Ariana Tobin, 26, assistant producer at Note to Self at WNYC public radio in New York. Her project, which she led and managed, is "Bored and Brilliant," an interactive multi-week WNYC podcast that monitored nearly 20,000 participants' use of their smartphones. Each day for one week, participants received a challenge from the podcast to help them monitor and discover how much they used their smartphones and how the usage impacted their lives. Ariana is now working to turn this project into a model for other public issues, such as education and technology.
Each fellow will participate in three online workshop sessions with a Personal Advisory Board, and also will receive a free, three-year ONA membership and an expense-paid trip to the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Sept. 24-26, in Los Angeles, where their work and ideas will be highlighted.
The selection committee felt so strongly about the projects and potential of five other applicants that they were awarded honorable mention. They are: Amanda Gutterman, Editorial Director for Slant; Carolyn Thompson, reporter for The Windsor (Ont.) Star; Emmanuel Gamor, Specialist and Curator for YouTube, Ghana; Heather Bryant, Teaching Assistant, Hackbright Academy, San Francisco, and a former digital services editor for KTOO Alaska public radio, and Jabril Faraj, reporter for Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Each will each receive a free one-year ONA membership.