4.6 Telling and reflecting the local story

Jen Pöj is an Ayuc Indigenous radio station in Mexico. Each year it arranges a big anniversary party for all of its listeners, their friends from the networks to which they belong, the projects in which they participate, and the town, which brims with colour and overflows with festivities and cultural activities on that day. But along with the party there is a collective reflection. The Ayuc celebrate, but they also think about their radio station and about Indigenous radio in general. They listen to the experiences from other guests and contemplate whether they are walking in the path that the community has traced for them and for itself.

This is just an example of a community-based media outlet that reviews, observes and critiques itself according to the life plan of the people it serves. This is an essential part of an Indigenous access center.

Suggested reading

• Figueroa, E. Consejos y Recomendaciones para Montar Telecentros Comunitarios. Infocauca.2003 http://webapp.ciat.cgiar.org/es/descargar/pdf/guia_montaje_telecentro.pdf
• Medellín, S. Uso de las TIC para el Desarrollo Local: Apropiación Comunitaria de Telecentros Manual de Taller Participativo. México. 2006 http://www.slideshare.net/diocesispopayan/manual-taller-participativo-telecentros-1