Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster
Environmental Justice & Climate Justice Studies
Global South/East Partners
Tsinaka Radio is a community radio station located in Puebla, in central Mexico. This radio station was born out of the land struggles against extractivism in this indigenous region in the Northern Highlands of Puebla. Tsinaka Radio was created in 2012 and with a prominent participation of young women.
In this short documentary “Yet Another Crisis: A Community Radio’s Work During COVID-19”, Tsinaka Radio presents its history related to land struggles and their fight for going on air, and they delve into how they are facing COVID-19. This short documentary describes their collaboration with other different organizations and their analysis of the root causes of the pandemic, as well as localized systemic paths forward.
Student Jéssica Coyotecatl has collaborated with the film creator in all the stages of the production.
About the film creator
Ana Salgado- Radio Tsinaka
Ana Laura Salgado Lázaro holds a BA in intercultural management by UNAM in Mexico. She was born in Mexico City, with roots in Huahuaxtla, Xochitlan del Valle de Vicente Suárez, in Puebla state. She is manager of the Kixmatikan Huahuaxtla youth collective; and she is works as manager, producer, and editor for Radio Tsinaka. These two collectives are located in the Northeast Highlands in Puebla (Sierra Nororiental de Puebla).
Her work and training revolve around cultural rights, gender perspective, community communication, and multimedia production.
Tsinaka Radio is a community radio station formed by peasant and indigenous youth collective in northern Puebla. The radio station was formed in 2012 and they work with a strong sense of community and mutual work.
This short documentary was also presented at the 2020 Hub Conference “Confronting the Climate Crisis with Systemic Alternatives in The Age of Coronavirus”, at the Panel: Media justice and socio-environmental struggles during COVID-19 times: Experiences from Mexico.
It included two interviews
Challenges for community-based media in Mexico before and during COVID-19
Mónica Montalvo- La Sandía Digital
Mónica is a PhD student in Rural Development at UAM-X Mexico, with a background in anthropology. Her academic work revolves around territory defense and communication; this is a passion she also pursues through independent media and alongside social movements since 2007. Mónica’s focus has been in the struggles against dams. In La Sandía Digital, she works as a researcher and trainer.
La Sandía Digital (Digital Watermelon) is a feminist organization for multimedia production, through collaboration, training and communication. La Sandía partners with grassroots, community, and civil society organizations towards socio-environmental and gender justice. Their goal is to transform public narratives and strengthen social movements in their advocacy work.
Feminist journalism & land struggles during COVID-19
Itzel Ximena Torres is a journalist student, photographer, and feminist reporter based in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Western Mexico. Her work revolves around justice for women, health, mobility and intercultural relationships. For the excellence of her work, she was awarded the Jalisco Journalism Award in 2019.
Zonadocs is a reporting media newspaper, centered in investigative and news journalism located in Guadalajara. Their work has a frame of human rights and is part of the journalist network “Red de Periodistas de a Pie” with digital and independent media from different sites in Mexico. They have received two awards in 2019 by the journalism cluster in Jalisco, in the ‘chronicle’ and ‘student’ categories.