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Loud Silence is innovating journalism in Africa, bringing you real stories from the front lines.
Loud Silence is innovating journalism in Africa, bringing you real stories from the front lines.
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The Team

Loud Silence Media is a small team of creative, motivated young people who are passionate about sharing the true stories of real people. Most of our team is Ghanaians, with one American. We travel all over Ghana, from cities to villages, to share stories that our viewers and the world want to see.

The Stories

Loud Silence produces intense, moving stories on a range of issues, mostly human-interest based. Recently, we have produced pieces on illegal gold mining; discrimination (and murders) against the disabled; amputee football; homes that flood during any rain; waste management and kids who pick through trash for a living; affects of the new oil industry in Ghana; turning garbage into energy; cyber-scammers, and controversial elections and political stories. Those are just a few and many more are in the works. 

Why? You might ask.

Ghana has a strong media industry, free of bias and oppression, but we feel that it's somewhat outdated. Most shows are talk-show styled where politicians or celebrities or activists come to discuss particular issues with a host. The problem is, none of this involves pictures (or more importantly video). People can speak all they like about an issue but it doesn't have an impact until it is really seen. Also, without visuals, the panelists can easily lie about whatever they like. Loud Silence wants to revolutionize television in Ghana by taking cameras out of the studio and bringing them to the streets, to the real people to hear their voices. We see enough foreign news here but not enough relatable stories from home. We often do interviews in local languages with English subtitles so it reaches as many people as possible. All of our productions are also available online for international viewing. 

What's the Funding For?

Half of the funding raised through Kickstarter will be used to purchase air-time on a local television station. Once we have air-time and a set schedule for programming, we can solicit sponsors to sustain our productions from there on out. The rest of the funding will be used for production costs such as filming, traveling expenses, occasionally renting equipment, and maintaining our team. 

Please check out loudsilencemedia.com to see all of our work!

Risks and challenges

All projects face some level of risks and challenges, especially in the early phases. Right now, our main challenge is gaining local publicity. This will be fixed by having our episodes aired in Ghana so local people can enjoy them and gain the most impact.

Since what we are doing relies on the stories of real people, it is sometimes challenging to have people accept you to shoot in their homes. We try to shoot as much footage as possible to make the best documentaries, and some times this takes time for subjects to be comfortable.

A third possible issue is the electricity factor in Ghana. Currently, there's an energy shortage (which of course we are reporting on) so sometimes it's hard to keep computers and equipment charged or have access to internet regularly.

All of these are possible risks that could make the project take more time, but everything can be worked out and nothing will stop us!

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