Community Communicators

The Community Communicators Program promotes digital inclusion by training community reporters.

Developed by Latin American scholars specialized in development communication, information and communication technologies for development, and media for social change, the program provides hands on reporting and multimedia training.  The goal is to promote digital inclusion by training community residents in the practice of digital literacy. The program consists of two annual community media journalism workshops, for a total of eight workshops over a period of four years.

This is a program designed to empower marginalized communities by including them in the global knowledge flow and contemporary information society. The four-year project engages communities through a journalism and multimedia training program that helps them access relevant information and add their own voices to local, national and global conversations through diverse, creative content. Its impact is rigorously assessed through social research that is shared among all participants and the global community.

Community Communicators is based on established telecenter initiatives. The pilot program in the Dominican Republic served as the prototype for a new initiative underway in Colombia, Caribe Digital. The program primary goal is to foster human development and prosperity through insertion in cyberspace.