Three Best Frameworks for the Social Enterprise and Livelihood Community

by: Alyosha Reyes

For the Social Enterprise and Livelihood community in Los Baños and its neighboring areas, I personally see that these three participatory development journalism frameworks (as devised by students from the class DEVC 126 T -3L):


Participatory Development Journalism Framework

 by Camille Hemedes and Sofia Faye Virtudes

Social Enterprise and Livelihood heavily relies on the people that work in it. In this kind of community, we want them not just to tell their stories, but to be involved in the development and growth of their sector as well. In the process, the stakeholders are to take vocational trainings and seminars that they can gain knowledge about and become volunteers for their story production and broadcast.  

It can be noticed that in the framework, the facilitator is not there, because they are intended to have minimal involvement. In such way, the community is being empowered to take action for what they see is the appropriate development.

With this, the framework also suggests that the supposedly stakeholders are now the producers of their own stories. Although the facilitators are not the producers anymore, they are still there to guide them in the whole reportage and broadcast production process and not interfere with what should be reported and broadcasted. Ideally, the framework shows that the community are being cooperative and being open to the idea of sharing their stories and learning for their growth.



Participatory Development Journalism Framework

 by Clarisse Mae Abao and Alyosha Reyes

In this framework, it has been considered that the community would have a leader or representative to tell their stories for them. The community leader will only serve as their voice to the editorial board and not as the one who evaluates what is deemed the story of their sector. Also, it depicts that the sector leaders are members of both the editorial team and the sectors. It is crucial that the editorial board will not interfere with what the stories of the community. Note that the three components (sectors, sector leaders, and editorial board committee) part of the same community.

Another point to look at is that the stakeholders are no longer the end users of the stories; rather, they are the source and the producers at this point. With this, the question that would arise is that, “Who are the new stakeholders?”

If this framework is to be used, the Social Enterprise and Livelihood Community would be having stakeholders from the other communities. It may be of neighboring communities or sectorial communities. For example, the stories of the Social Enterprise and Livelihood Community would target readers from the Local Leadership Communities and Research and Development Community.

Of course, we would want to utilize a two-way communication line, as shown in the framework. If the system would work, after the target audience has read their stories, they would be sending feedbacks in forms of suggestions on how they can solve problems that they see in the community. At this point, it should still be considered that imposition of a certain “development” is not given any space in the picture.

PDJ Framework (Nisperos & Layson, 2016)

Participatory Development Journalism Framework

 by Jann Adriel Nisperos and Riz Andrei Layson 

In a sense, this framework is somewhat similar to the framework presented before it. The only difference that the story flow goes back to community, that came from the editorial staff.

The highlight of this framework is that it is highly participatory because the community is given the voice to share their local stories. According to the explanation of the framework writers, facilitators will help in conducting writing workshops with the community. Also, it is also depicted that the writers would also help in writing the narratives of the community members. After having written stories about the community, the community leader will have a meeting with community and will conclude the prioritized stories, then will be also discuss it with the editorial staff. The editorial staff is there to mainly do the gatekeeping.

In the application of the assigned community to our group, the Social Enterprise and Livelihood community will increase their participation for the development of their own community. It is crucial that these developments are sustainable.

In the framework, the communication line circles back to the community which is good in the sense that sometimes it helps if the members of the community are able to read the stories of the people they share the same community with. It happens that, sometimes, we tend to overlook the fact that some members are not that knowledgeable about their own communities. With this framework, the sense of familiarity and proximity is given light with the participation of the members of the community.




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