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VOF Week 2 (The roads of Peace are always unfathomable)

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I always thought that journalism could change the world. It was a kind of certainty that I feel inside, even those negative feedbacks that I was receiving around me… at the end of the day, it was also my own experience: all the words that I have been reading on during my life, were a kind of alchemy which finally were transforming me.

I am convinced that my personal story helped me so much to continue believing in my internal vision: I grew up in a family of 6 sisters and 1 brother (we use to say that our family is like snow white and 7 dwarfs in the opposite), and my parents were the first mix couple that dare to continue with their love, although the religion conventions in my small city (she was catholic, and he was protestant)

Growing up with potentials difficulties on your road, always help you to fight for your own space, for your own place in life, and I grew up with so many good examples of that kind of fights, (my older sister, for example, was the first woman engineer in my town, and many of her professors denied to start the class with her in the classroom)…. but also I learned that I had to deal with conflicts in a positive way, then your triumph in your own choices does not mean the defeat of somebody else

Life has her own way to show you the steps, and sometimes they are unfathomable to understand: me, the experimented journalist, who used to believe in their own ideas, and in the power of conflict resolutions, I suffered violence with my ex boy friend relationship. It was the darkness period of my life… but again, it was life that put me in the right way when I received a scholarship to study precisely, Culture of Peace in Barcelona in 2005.

Then, a renovated universe was opened in front of my eyes: because all my personal and professional beliefs took a new sense. I discovered that that we call “Peace Journalism”, and I decided to walk toward that road: because I understood that nothing “only happen to one person”, and that my experience was not only mine but of many “independent” women… I also discovered that they were so many peace initiatives as well as we could find violence in the world. I decided to “give them” the voice that they needed to exist

I started to dream with a new figure in journalism, “The Peace Correspondent” widely opposite to “The War Correspondent”… I understood that I needed inner peace, but it was not “only me”… that’s why my new “figure” could help to bring inner peace to others and in that way, to bring peace to world.

By applying to World Pulse, I wanted spread this new kind of journalism among others, and to search others voices ready to make this change of vision of the violence and the ways to solve it in the world

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enDhruva's picture

Peace Correspondent

Hello!
I'm one of your listeners for your Week 2 VOF assignment. I really enjoyed reading your assignment this week. Your vision of a Peace Correspondent is so inspiring....I will sign up for a class on Peace journalism any day! Your will and desire to make a difference came through in your word choices and I can tell you are on your way to making that difference. I am thrilled you are a part of Pulse Wire and I really look forward for more on your Peace Correspondence. Honestly, that is such an original, much needed, positive take on the world of journalism. I applaud you! :-)

How did you learn about World Pulse, by the way?

Best regards,
Erin

Xthina-Avila's picture

Hi Erin ! Thanks so much for

Hi Erin !

Thanks so much for your comments and support. I recommend you so much to study Peace Journalism, and even better, to study Culture of Peace, you will find so much interesting ways to transform not only your own way to see things, but also a new source to find ideas to find and write stories.

I can not describe you how much my own road started to feel like a "magical vision" and because of that I started to have more confidence in human being and in our decisive desires of peace ... even if (for now) the effects of conflicts are more evidents.... I am sure that if we (the journalists and media) start to publish all those brave stories of "good people in evil times" working for a better world, we will see the reality: the good people are more than the "bad" people.... and maybe (just maybe) we will see that even some of those that we call "bad people" are needing and yellowing for understanding and for a change of conditions.

That is our big challenge as journalists ... to "change the vision that people have about this world" and I am sure that this is a female vision, a peaceful one ... dont you think so ?!

Regards and Kisses from Mexico. Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

Xthina-Avila's picture

and by the way ....

I discovered Pulse Wire while I was looking for websites where I could find other journalists to invite them to be peace journalists and work in a future to Corresponsal de Paz website... and ... here we are !! :-)

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

freesuukyi's picture

Peace Journalism

I love the idea behind this post. Ive often looked into Peace and Conflict Studies and think combining those concepts with journalism is amazing. Best of luck in everything you do!

Megan

Xthina-Avila's picture

Thanks so much !!

Thanks Megan!!

I am doing the best that I can ... it is really amazing what journalism would do (an we are trying hard) to help this world to be more understanding, more peaceful, more tolerant .... we most work toward this change, for all of us ...

I appreciate so much your comment and your wishes of luck !!

Kindest regards from Mexico (ans sorry for my horrible wroten englis :)

Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

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