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Siccos attended journalism school to pursue the project

21 May Siccos attended journalism school to pursue the project

poor residents make their own media

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Unhappy with the portrayal of her community in the mainstream press, single mother Carla Siccos decided to create her own media platform to highlight a different side of life in Rio de Janeiro infamous City of God.

The growth of community run media in the City of God, internationally notorious because of the gangster movie that canada goose clearance sale bears its name, is part of a broader Canada Goose Parka trend in Rio Canada Goose Outlet often violent slums or favelas, media experts said.

The explosion of free social networking platforms has allowed poor residents of favelas, communities where Canada Goose online residents often lack formal property rights and worry about being displaced, to tell their own stories.

from outside come for the bad news, but the good news just flows away, said Siccos, editor of CDD Acontece (City of God Happenings), a volunteer run media portal covering the community.

created this to show people the good news inside the community, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

work to tell stories that connect people to each other, canada goose coats she canada goose replica said, standing beside small brick houses in the neighbourhood 20 km (12 miles) from central Rio.

With more than 53,000 likes on its Facebook page and several thousand more receiving updates through a WhatsApp group, the platform publishes news about local events, new cheap Canada Goose training courses, business openings or parties.

COMMUNITY MEDIA The site canada goose store linked website has shone a spotlight on local residents canada goose black friday sale who have made it big, canada goose including a dancer who went on to join the Cincinnati ballet in the United States, Siccos said.

Judoka Rafaela Silva who grew up in the City canadagooseoutletshop of God won Brazil first gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, bringing a wave of positive local media Canada Goose Coats On Sale coverage to the community.

City of God Happenings is part of a in community focused media in Brazil favelas said Stuart Davis, a communications professor at Texas A University.

While the site focuses on good news stories, canada goose outlet store locations other favela media projects tackle controversial issues, such as rights abuses, corruption or displacement in untitled neighbourhoods, he said.

is a rise in very local media projects: people focusing on neighbourhood issues, Davis told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

One of the best known is media collective Papo Reto (Straight Talk), which was set up in the Complexo do Alemao favela to document abuses by security forces and counter stereotypes.

There isn a lot of data on how many favela based news services are operating in Rio or nationwide, said Vicky Mayer, a professor at Tulane canadian goose jacket University who studies independent media, as volunteer run projects frequently shut down or shift focus.

But the platforms are important because citizens who don have secure ownership of canada goose clearance their homes and can face displacement to have representation in the media Mayer Canada Goose sale told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

about establishing one citizenship in the favela.

PRECARIOUS COMMUNITIES Home to more than 20 percent of Rio de Janeiro population, many of the city favelas began as hillside squatter communities Canada Goose Jackets whose buy canada goose jacket cheap residents lacked formal property titles or land rights.

The City of God, in contrast, was purpose built in the 1960s for Brazilians displaced by natural disasters in other parts of the country or people forced out of favelas near wealthy enclaves of Rio.

Initially a planned neighbourhood, its first wave of residents had formal property title deeds allowing them to Canada Goose Online buy and sell their small homes in the market, unlike nearby favelas.

Designed for 15,000 people, City of God now canada goose deals has more than 60,000 residents, said community activist Rodrigo Vieira.

of the people here have a formal postal code, and addresses unlike other favelas, Vieira canada goose coats on sale told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A volunteer at an old folks home, he welcomes media projects challenging the stereotypes of the area that followed the movie City of God, in 2002.

The community was the second favela in Rio to receive police units under the city so called programme, 2018 canada goose outlet which combined aggressive enforcement targeting gangs with public investment in low income areas.

But violent crime persists and has grown worse in the last 18 months, Vieira said, as Brazil recession leaves people desperate.

will sometimes call and say let the old people out of the home tonight there going to be a shooting Vieira said.

Walking past a graffiti mural of gun toting characters from the City of God movie, Siccos the editor said she wants to focus on positive coverage of the neighbourhood, despite its problems.

Since its launch in 2011, the site has buy canada goose jacket expanded quickly. Siccos attended journalism school to pursue the project, but has no plans to move the site beyond digital platforms.

don want a print version: just look at how the city deals with its trash, she said pointing to a stagnant water canal full of garbage in the City of God. (Reporting By Chris Arsenault; Editing by Jo Griffin.; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women canada goose outlet toronto factory rights, trafficking and climate change.