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United Nation
Universal Declaration on
Human Rights

Article 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

United States Constitution

First Amendment

(This Amendment asserts that the freedom of the press is the bedrock of a civilized society.)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The Sameera Gokal Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that works to shape journalism skills in the developing world through focus areas in mentorship, internship and by offering financial assistance for student media projects, without regard to faith, origin or gender. The Foundation provides philanthropic assistance and networking to journalism schools to promote humanitarian causes and projects in developing countries.

One hundred percent of the Foundation’s proceeds go to participating programs at the schools, with no deductions for administrative expenses.

Study Abroad Internship
January 20, 2014

Do you want to help shape journalism in the developing world? If you are a master’s degree student in journalism in the U.S. who is passionate about making a difference and enhancing journalism in the East, the Sameera Gokal Foundation Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for you to learn and make a change. The internship program will be held from March 10 - June 13, 2014, with a study abroad component in Nairobi, Kenya from May 16 - May 31, 2014. Apply today by clicking on the Internship tab. The application deadline is February 28, 2014.
Funding the First Media Project
July 11, 2013

The Sameera Gokal Foundation has funded its first media project in Kenya, helping students at the East African Media Institute to turn their visions into stories by producing Kenya Journal, an online news magazine program which will broadcast on a YouTube channel. This project will offer students a chance to translate their journalism knowledge and skills into a product that will add to the body of journalism worldwide.

Many of these young journalists are unable to get funds to bring their stories to life. Normally, they cannot afford to rent equipment, they have no access to editing facilities, they are unable to connect to knowledge resources and they lack a platform to showcase their work. The Sameera Gokal Foundation just made it happen! With the new equipment and technology, students will now be able to tell their own stories through their camera lens.

Write Like a Pro
September 18, 2014

The Foundation held Write Like a Pro for college students today at Agnes Scott College. Experts in the field held an interactive learning session where they taught students how to write like a journalist and post news stories on Facebook and Twitter. Guest speakers included journalists Mike Tierney, Eric Stirgus and Sonia Moghe.
Journalism Seminar
June 29, 2013

Journalism Seminar was held today at Emory University’s Cox Hall Ballroom for high school and college students. Experts in the field of journalism spoke about their experiences and raised awareness about the media. Guest speakers included Atlanta journalists Doug Turnball, Kristi Swartz, Tom Jones and Robin Nelson.
Mentorship Program Kickoff
June 03, 2013

The first group of mentors has initiated communication with their mentees in Nairobi, Kenya, at the East African Media Institute. Follow the mentor’s discussion forum or read the mentee’s blogs. Stay tuned for more information on their progress!
Drop a Catch 2013
May 01, 2013

The Sameera Gokal Foundation, in association with the Midwest Cricket Conference, presents: Drop a Catch 2013. About 50 teams in one league are donating to the Foundation each time they drop or take a catch during a game. The season began in late April and players will participate until September, followed by recognition and awards for top donors at the MWCC’s annual banquet.

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