The Modern Story Fellowship 2015 - teaching youth media production in India

Posted on 12-24-2014

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The Modern Story recruits dynamic college graduates to teach youth media production in Hyderabad, India. Over a paid nine-month teaching period, TMS Fellows implement a digital storytelling curriculum that engages students through technology to produce meaningful media about their lives and communities. The Modern Story Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to grow as a global citizen and make a significant difference in the lives of underserved students, as they develop 21st century skills.

Fellows always work with TMS' customized digital storytelling curriculum — moving students through the development of personal, social, & environmental stories, building both hard and soft skills. During the nine month workshops, Fellows are expected to lead their students through the production of photo stories, a short video piece and a longer video documentary. Throughout the semester, Fellows engage students in English language practice, discussion based learning and encourage students to think critically and select topics for their projects that are personally, culturally and environmentally relevant.

Timeline: Fellows work full-time for a nine-month period (June-March)

Living:TMS coordinators generally arrange living accommodations for Fellows in Hyderabad, and conduct an online orientation before in-country arrival on teaching/technology preparation and cultural awareness.

Stipend:The Modern Story provides Fellows with a travel and living stipend for the duration of the Fellowship. However, as part of the Fellowship experience, Fellows are expected to participate in fundraising efforts, as well as to live modestly during the semester.


Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of multimedia arts including photography, basic videography, video editing (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Photoshop, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of social media and general technological savviness (hardware and software troubleshooting)
  • A background or strong interest in education
  • Sharp writing skills and a knowledge of narrative techniques and structure
  • Organizational skills and flexibility
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • A conceptual understanding of Digital Storytelling and its use as a tool of social empowerment
  • An interest in and understanding of India history, Indian contemporary society and an anti-colonial model of nonprofit work
  • Experience abroad or desire to live abroad in a developing country with a modest lifestyle
  • Knowledge of Telugu, Hindi, or Urdu is not required but preferred
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