Life in Haiti – Can we bring collaborative journalism to Haiti after an earthquake?

In the summer of 2011, the Cartoon Movement  team (Tjeerd Royaards, Matt Bors & Caroline Bins-Dijckmeester) went to Haiti in search of cartoonists and journalists to work on a project focusing on the struggles their country faces in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that rocked Port-au-Prince in 2010. On January 12, 2012, the second anniversary of the quake, we published comics journalism about life in Haiti.

Besides using graphic reporting to tell stories, this project is notable for something else: It is done by Haitians. The stories told about Haiti to the outside world are typically from foreign aid organizations, visiting journalists, and even celebrities. No more. It’s time for Haitians to have a voice. We will be publishing the comic in French in Creole as well.

The comic is illustrated by Chevelin Pierre (who you can see in our video ‘Spotlight on Haiti’, a short documentary about the trip) and reported on by a number of Haitian journalists who will all take up a different subject, ranging from NGO money and influence to the recent reformation of the Haitian army.

Interview with editor Matt Bors by PRI’s The World

Interview with editor Tjeerd Royaards at TedxGenevaChange

Article about the project in Editor and Publisher

Interview by the Washington Post about the video ‘Haiti’s Scapegoats’