Stella Fidelia - 04120100029Jaron Gilinsky is a video journalist, documentary filmmaker, and web entrepreneur. Harnessing the power of the Internet and video technologies, Jaron is organizing the world’s most talented visual storytellers to show the world like never before.Born in Canada, raised in Miami, Jaron has also lived in South Africa, Spain, and Thailand. He has travelled extensively in more than 60 countries and every world continent. He graduated with a BA in International Relations, and a double minor in Business Management and Spanish from the University of Florida, where he was a Dean's Scholar. He also studied documentary film at the Maine Photographic Workshops. Jaron now lives in New York City, where he enjoys talking to strangers, playing pickup soccer, and surfing in sub-arctic waters.He said “there are millions of real and amazing stories that go untold. There are thousands of talented visual storytellers out there who want to tell these stories.” arnessing the power of the Internet and video technologies, Jaron is organizing the world’s most talented visual storytellers to show the world like never before. Jaron is the founder and CEO of Storyhunter, Storyhunter is a global community of professional and aspiring video journalists, documentary filmmakers, and multimedia storytellers. Storyhunter’s premier service is the Storyhunter Network, an online portal dedicated to video journalism. Video makers use to find jobs, showcase their work, learn about opportunities, enter video contests, and more. Fortune 500 companies, media organizations, NGO’s, non-profits, and public relations companies use Storyhunter to post jobs and create cutting edge, fact-based global content. A loyal audience visits Storyhunter to view the latest work by a global network of professional video journalists.He selects the most talented local videomakers from around the world to produce authentic, premium journalism for the web. Before founding Storyhunter, Jaron was one of the pioneers of “solo video journalism”. With just a backpack, video camera, and laptop, he produced, filmed, and edited award winning documentaries and news reports from all over the world. Jaron produced, filmed, and edited two feature-length documentaries, Grassroots and Disengagement. His videos and writing have been published in the New York Times, Time, PBS, Documentary International Magazine, Haaretz, Sun-Sentinel, Current TV, CNN, and on his personal blog. For much of the last decade he reported from Israel/Palestine, where he also worked as an Adjunct Professor of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya, Israel. Jaron created and taught a theoretical and practical course called, "Producing Video Content for New Media." The last article written by Jaron Gilinsky, entitled “The Kaizen of Storyhunter” on the 2nd of May 2012. It is prove by his writing that as a journalist, he has a desire that he want to help make a video journalists the ambassadors of this new digital world. As a journalist, who should have the attitude of “take risks” Jaron also prove it by making a video web called storyhunter. Before the success of his video web, he has had hundreds of rejection. In a situation like this, he didn’t give up, but he said “It forces you to tweak your concept and business model to make it stronger and more foolproof. It toughens you and makes you fearless.”
Here's the "Storyhunter's New Intro Video" from
Talking about the journalism itself, Jaron also has his own perspective. He was meeting a citizen journalist in China who goes by the name Zola ( Real life name is Zhou Shuguang). He feel like he has a new appreciation for what journalism is. In China, there’s no such thing as freedom of the press, and before it was something that most chinese people didn’t even realize they’re missing. “Zola says at one point in the film, “The truth is, I don’t know what journalism is. I just record what I see.” And that's what is so endearing about him; how natural he is about his work. It seemed like he was born to be a reporter, and that nothing in life could give him the satisfaction it gives him (I know the feeling). He disobeyed his family and traditions and the law to do a job that he didn't get paid for. But he sees himself as a patriot responding to the call of duty, putting civic responsibility ahead of his own personal safety. What is this need to know the truth and to share that truth with others? If it doesn't exist, would we need to invent it? Perhaps it is as natural to humankind as love, war, and civilization itself, a necessary byproduct of community? Or is it simply a natural reaction to corruption and crime? If a society was perfect, then journalism would not need to exist, right? But of course that's impossible.”
“During the uprising that eventually ended the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak, I became convinced that the most important journalistic work being done today is in those countries where journalists are not wanted. Mubarak and his agents were determined to silence the protesters and their message.” To highlight that country’s press system and challenges, witnessed a semi-successful revolution in Egypt, there are 5 things that must happen here for any real change to happen. We need to define a singular, simple, and common cause. We need to reach critical mass. The message must be broad enough to appeal to a larger section of society. This can't just be a hippy thing. We need to risk life, limb, and freedom for the cause. Self explanatory. We must believe wholeheartedly in the cause. We need the military to support the cause. Soldiers are simultaneously our greatest heroes and the greatest victims of the last decade's flawed policies. They need to get behind the protests.We need to figure out concrete positive steps for how to implement that change on the day after.
“Politicians and the old media have been misrepresenting reality for too long, and it's time for the entire world to have access to more truth. We hope to be on the vanguard of this fight. So yes, we are still idealistic, and we will either succeed or fail with our ideals intact. We are fighting to change perceptions of reality, to make people care more about the planet, and to bring people together through internet video.” What role did social media and technology play in the revolution in Egypt? MediaShift's Jaron Gilinsky talked to people in Tahrir square, including students, professors and media people to find out about the waning influence of state-run media and the rise of blogs, Facebook and Twitter there.

Jaron thinks that Control of information and flow of information is essential to running a successful dictatorship. Youtube, Facebook, twitter, etc. are enemies of the state. As globalization and technology innovation drive people towards global sameness, Jaron wants to help make video journalists the ambassadors of this new digital world. He said “internet video audiences have also matured quickly, and now people are watching a lot more than pornography on line. I believe we are entering into a golden age of web video, for both information and entertainment.” With the technologies development, he has his own view about how he use the technologies and media correctly. He said “to make ideals turn into reality, I had to morph them into a realistic plan. As my team and I have tweaked our business model, we have had to re-tweak it to the quickly changing video technologies and web video distribution tools.”
References :
Jaron Gilinsky (WEDNESDAY, MAY 02, 2012), The Kaizen of Storyhunter, zretrieved from
Jaron Gilinsky (MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012), High Tech High Life, zretrieved from
Jaron Gilinsky (MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012), High Tech High Life, zretrieved from
Jaron Gilinsky (MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012), About Jaron, zretrieved from
Jaron Gilinsky (February 22, 2011), One Journalist's Survival Guide to the Egyptian Revolution, zretrieved from