Citizen’s media to help youth express their views

Public Library ‘Pablo Neruda’ de Padre las Casas, Chile

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Young people from 10 communities are learning media skills through this public library citizen journalism training initiative.

With support from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), this new library project is training 30 young citizen journalists to produce and publish media relevant to youth in 10 towns and villages in Chile’s Araucanía Region.

The project is coordinated by Public Library ‘Pablo Neruda’ in the town of Padre las Casas, which is working with nine other urban and rural libraries. The project emerges from research conducted by the library to find out about the information needs and interests of young people.

“Youth have concerns and opinions about many social and political issues, like the influence of gangs, human rights, student conflicts, the history of our region and the Mapuche language and culture. But they do not have space to express their views, and so they are largely ignored,” said Rubén Marcelo Cuevas Sepúlveda, Director of Public Library ‘Pablo Neruda’.

In addition to providing practical journalism and digital technology skills, the library will develop an interactive web-portal where young citizen journalists can upload their work, debate topical issues and communicate with their peers. The website will include online tutorials to encourage more young people to become citizen journalists.

The library’s partners

The nine participating libraries have been selected by DIBAM Araucanía (Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos Araucanía), the body which coordinates libraries in the region.

Public Library ‘Pablo Neruda’ de Padre las Casas is working closely with the documentary film company, La Máquina Films. Staff of the company are providing journalism and technical training for the 30 citizen journalists. They also regularly visit each library to work with the citizen journalists in their home communities.

About Public Library ‘Pablo Neruda’ and its nine partner libraries

Public Library ‘Pablo Neruda’ is based in the town of Padre las Casas in Araucanía Region in southern Chile. The library serves over 200 people a day, offering a variety of community development services, including digital technology training, outreach to rural areas and cultural programmes focused on Mapuche culture and history. The nine libraries are located in all parts of the region.

Project timeline

May 2014 to June 2015. 

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Youth have concerns and opinions about many social and political issues, like the influence of gangs, human rights, student conflicts, the history of our region and the Mapuche language and culture.
Rubén Marcelo Cuevas Sepúlveda, Director, Public Library ‘Pablo Neruda’ de Padre las Casas