Chris Rogy is from Bucks, Co. Pennsylvania, he is the current tools and tactics intern at WITNESS, an international human rights organizations that supports video advocacy work worldwide. He is a last semester graduate student in The New School Media Studies program. In 2009, Chris co-produced Driving the American Dream: Philadelphia Taxi Industry’s Need for Workers’ Comp that aired on MiND TV in the greater Philadelphia area. The short doc was produced in partnership with Media Mobilizing Project, a grassroots organization that builds community media infrastructure for a growing movement to end poverty. As part of his thesis work, Chris hopes to document community media organizing practices in the mobilization of marginalized Cambodian land loss victims.
Ok – I’m gonna switch to first person since that was a short bio I just modified from an application for fiscal sponsorship last summer. This past summer, I piloted a project in Anhchanh Ruong commune, Kompong Chhnang province, Cambodia. I worked on this project with a Cambodian NGO called Building Community Voices that provides community organizing, community media and network capacity building support to marginalized sectors of Cambodian society. I applied for a US Student Fulbright program to support further work on this project. I just passed the first round and was recommended to the second tier decision-makers, so we’ll see. I should find out in March. My thesis sort of depends on it.
To address the second portion of this bio – that summer, I piloted the project as part of the Research Methods for Media Activism course. In the course, we briefly covered participatory research methods, which I applied to the project. Because I plan to go back to Cambodia to work with community leaders, I registered for this course to really hone in on the skill set.
A little about that project – The project title with Fulbright (which is politically watered-down, containing no mention of its true subversive, Freireian ambitions) is Radio Sammaggi: Enhancing Civic Engagement and Preserving Rural Life through Serial Drama. Sammaggi is a Khmer word meaning community spirit. The project will seek to empower communities to preserve their culture by developing a training program for creating radio drama and enhancing civic engagement among a community audience. I will use a participatory action research approach with seven community leaders in Anhchanh Ruong commune. The project consists of three main components: (1) to identify local desires, habits and problems among the community with community leaders, (2) develop content and produce radio dramas with community leaders that address these desires, habits and problems and (3) measure the extent to which radio drama programming engages listeners and increases their participation in civic activities by analyzing pre and post program evaluations and ethnographic notes.
Looking forward to working virtually with all of you!