We held our final communtiy meeting on the 19th October. Where we played the soundslides and televison pieces we had made.
I bleive that it was good to go back and show them what we had made, and I am glad that we kept to our word in that regard.
A few of us thn spoke to some of the resident that attended the meeting and the general response was that they felt that we had captured the essense of their community well. I spoke to two other ladies who had hoped that there could have been answers fromt eh decision makers, and some direction given at the meeting regarding the issues that need to be dealt with.
I have said it time and again, it is really unfortunate that we could not get word from the decision makers to help in bringing solutions to the problems.
It terms of playing the facilitative role- we definitely played our part. We allowed there to be a platform where deliberation could take place, its just that the missing link in the journalist-citizen- decision-maker spectrum, was the decision- maker. Which meant that no condusive communication and action could happen.
Thus personally, I am a disheartened in that regard because I dont feel like anyone's life has been changed, those problems are still there and because the decision makers have not answered our calls (literally)!
I only hope that a change will come ultimately... to a communtiy that has been waitng and waiting for change. It's so difficult to have an optimisitic attitude when we see the same problems all over the country. I am however grateful that I could practise civic journalism, and merge this with the conventional way of reporting.