"RioONWatch offers a potential alternative and unique model for reporting on sports and sport-related issues by privileging the voices of community members and engaging in participatory and collaborative journalistic practices." — Sport Journalism for Peace Research Group at the University of British Columbia (April 2016)
"The residents of Vila Autódromo are opening their hearts and beginning to interact with the outside visitors brought by CatComm. Through these visits, Vila Autódromo came into contact with mainstream international media, because mainstream local media does not publish the negative and illegal actions of those in power. The mainstream local media only promotes the interests of itself and its allies, which are big business and government." — Jane Nascimento, Director of the Vila Autódromo Association of Residents and Fishermen (Oct 2012)
CatComm's Theresa Williamson toured Santa Marta favela with The Today Show:
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Over eighteen years, CatComm has developed an efficient outfit punching way above its weight. For about $100,000 each year we have expanded our work through a broad and committed network thanks to thousands of talented volunteers, solidarity reporters, research collaborators and partners.
From 2000-2010 we were all about networking our favela partners with each other to share their own knowledge and be savvy with technology. Then we spent six years focused on communicating to a growing audience that favelas have been unheard, misunderstood, neglected and repressed for much of their history. As a result, we helped stall, stop and improve outcomes in eviction and other situations for tens of thousands of city residents. The work we did during those years was highly compatible with a large volunteer network and greater financial resources were not required.
We're now entering a new phase engaged in physical support to favelas and requiring tools, techniques and models. We are investing in exchanges, training and organizing support, mapping, policy development, legislative proposals and developing green infrastructure, among other projects. In other words, this phase will require more financial resources. If we're going to be successful building on all we've done over these nearly two decades, and reaching CatComm's full potential, then we're going to have to invest in strategically crafted pilot projects that show that favelas can become fully sustainable, that community-centered development is the best development strategy, and that Rio's favelas are not an insurmountable problem but rather teeming with under-tapped potential—the potential to transform themselves, and ultimately, all of our communities.
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