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Public Journalism: breaking the silence

Posted by Paddy On October - 22 - 2009
This brave woman breaks the silence

This brave woman breaks the silence

During our attempt at Public journalism we learnt the importance of civic mapping and the vital importance of allowing the people of the community to set the agenda. The point of public journalism is to give people a voice in order to defy the spiral of silence that conventional journalism tends to perpetuate. Public journalism through a grass roots approach aims to create awareness and thus bring about change. To do this we held a focus group meeting where we asked members of the community what crimes they feared most. It was discovered that rape was the most feared and even the men agreed. 

After two weeks of civic mapping within extension six to nine in Grahamstown we found two brave women who were willing to tell their stories and speak out against rape. This was particularly relevant considering that one of the issues in the community was one where people were too afraid to report crime as well as to blow the whistle against crime in the community.

The difficulties we faced regards desire for her anonymity, as to protect her from any re-victimisation as well as from any further emotional suffering our intervention and representation of her may cause. Another importance of public journalism is bridging the gaps between different spheres of the community. Thus we invited a social worker and psychologist to our community meeting, not only to bridge these gaps but also to act as a mediator between community members who attended and the women on which our documentaries are based. This clip is from a documentary in which a brave woman tells her story.

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