Felix, a community correspondent at INGO gathering
Since our last update, the Internews team has been continuing its community listening and reporting efforts and has also expanded to building formal community network throughout Puerto Rico. Here are some highlights of the last few months:
Citizen correspondent reporting
Our overarching goal is to highlight post-hurricane life in communities through storytelling while also providing the reader with insight into how individuals are dealing with various issues. These stories are published on our Medium page: Contigo: Experiencias Comunitarias (With you: Community Experiences).
Internews' community network
We've spent most of the summer recruiting members to join our community network, which was sparked by our successful gathering of concerned citizens and NGO and INGOs representatives in June. Communities from the southeastern portion of Puerto Rico, through the center and San Juan, and across to the northwestern area are now connected through an active WhatsApp channel and are sharing information daily.
In mid-September, network members convened in Arecibo to discuss the ongoing recovery, exchange information, present storm preparation workshops, and plan for future activities. The Internews team is currently producing a video and report on the event. We are meeting again in mid-October for an all-day community information exchange in Maunabo. Our vision is to ensure network sustainability.
In late spring, our Puerto Rico director, Justin Auciello, joined a group of INGO representatives that meet regularly in San Juan to discuss ongoing recovery work, storm preparation, and resiliency.
The most powerful aspect of the group, just like our community network, is information sharing and coordination. In the event of another emergency -- we've already been tested by Hurricane Dorian and now, Tropical Storm Karen -- the group has a protocol that will go into effect and allow all member organizations to collaborate on the response. The Internews team will immediately tap our community network to understand issues on the ground throughout the island and assist with information gathering and the flow of critical "news you can use."
Internews provided support to WALO Radio, which has the largest reach in the region where Hurricane Maria made landfall, through late July to produce data-driven radio and digital reports surrounding the recovery topics of health, mental health, food security, and economic development. The reporting has led to increased awareness of ongoing gaps in the hurricane recovery.
El Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (The Center for Investigative Journalism)
In late May, Internews sponsored a data journalism training/workshop held by The Center for Investigative Journalism to train both the organization's members and journalists from outlets throughout the island on cutting-edge investigative reporting techniques. Journalists then developed their ideas, worked with subject matter experts in the health, mental health, food security, and economic development fields, and received scholarships to undertake their work. The goal? To expose gaps in the ongoing recovery. The first report, published in mid-September, found that Puerto Rico's mental health patients in Puerto Rico's criminal system have largely been forgotten -- a situation that has worsened since the hurricane.
Facebook: "Information as Aid" page
For almost two years, Internews has been publishing daily content on the "Information as Aid - Puerto Rico" Facebook page. We continue to provide critical "news you can use" and have been active with storm preparation with efforts in advance of Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Storm Karen.
We are grateful for the GlobalGiving community support that has allowed us to continue our recovery information work!
The "web" of INGO communications