Comics Journalism – Life in Haiti

In the summer of 2011, the Cartoon Movement editorial team went to Haiti in search of cartoonists and journalists to work on a project focusing on the struggles their country face 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.

On this project page you can find link to the comic, and also to editorial cartoons about Haiti, and two videos we made in relation to the project.

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'

Videos

Haiti's Scapegoats

In collaboration with the American editorial cartoonist Matt Bors , including contributions from the Haitian artist Chevelin Pierre, Dutch video journalist Caroline Bins created a video which incorporates animated illustrations to paint a picture of a group particularly impacted by the earthquake, the gay and lesbian community.

Spotlight on Haiti

In July 2011, Cartoon Movement's editorial team (Tjeerd Royaards and Matt Bors) spent a month in Haiti in search of a comic artist and journalists to produce comics journalism about life in Haiti. This video is a record of that project. It was shot and edited by Caroline Bins, a video journalist who accompanied us.

TEDx: Comics in Crises

A video of Cartoon Movement editor Tjeerd Royaards speaking about the use of comics journalism in crisis-affected areas at TEDxGenevaChange, on April 5 2012.