I feel proud to say that we are the parallel media in India. Hundreds of young journalists had taken training here and established their identity in this ‘News World’. I want to invite more and more people to be a part of Newsmakers. Reporting in the recent past has become more glamorous, everyone claims that they care for you and keep you ahead but in reality, newsrooms are occupied by few page3 celebrities and some same known faces. There are many intellectuals who couldn’t reach these news channels’ newsroom due to lack of exposure. We want all the intellectual people to come and they’re your thoughts using our platform. Be a part of the debate on the issues, which are affecting you. Tell us your view and story by being a Citizen Journalist. Upload your area’s news and be an anchor too.
Remember, together we can fight and change our society, nation and system. Join hands with us and let’s set a new trend. We are launching a 24/7-satellite news channel very soon. We have set up an online platform to report stories that touch our lives. We’ll publish them on www.afternoonvoice.com.
The news industry grappled with citizen journalism and the implications of a new technology empowered public. But many of the promises and worthy projects had vanished. The most exciting developments in the area of news are community news concept (day to day news of the community). Many are finally beginning to tap into the growing resources of community. This project is about people using the web to find a voice to make their communities better, because a better-informed citizenry leads to a better society. There are hundreds of magazines, newspapers and news channels in India but how much they can connect with the common man is the big question. We want you to be the representative of your own area. Help your community with their urgent issues; make your voice reach to the corridors of power.
I remember some angry handicapped youth visited my office they were disappointed because we failed to give them expected coverage. They wanted us to interact with all local ministers and seek justice for them, which my reporter couldn’t do. And every one has limitations to reach exactly where readers want you to be. Moreover, the group itself was confused and misguided; there were difference of opinion amongst them. I was quietly listing to them. But when one of the handicap youth exceeded his limits of accusing media, I couldn’t control and asked him the solution.
He came up with beautiful ideas and then started narrating the issue. Then it struck me that the manner in which this youth presented the issue perhaps no journalist could have done. The reason he was giving was very close to the subject and problems. I offered him a job as a reporter; I told him, why should someone speak for you or represent you? You be a mashie and help your community, I will give you media platform. He was a little hesitating because he was not exposed to technicalities of print and news. We told him to write in the manner in which you want to and we will modify it. They couldn’t believe in their potentials and strength but I trusted his abilities and pushed them in journalism. He worked with us as a sub editor for our Marathi publication, and after working for more than two and half years he quit us for better opportunities.
As a journalist or media sometimes we forget to reach the sensitivity and depth of the subject. Every human has some hidden instinct of journalist and reporter. He needs to be polished with art of presenting it. Believe me what they can represent no other can attempt.
Once again, I want many such youth from different segment of society to come forward and address the issue. Even my reader can upload their videos and pictures, share their views and comment over current issues. Afternoon Voice is a well-established local newspaper and it has got its website too, local journalism projects in top story, cover stories, and much more. This experiment is just an extension where I can involve you as our army of reporters. The future doesn’t have to be based on charity. There are all sorts of viable models worth experimenting with. Local journalism is done better with the not-for-profit, mission-driven model. We are looking for your photos and video of news events. To tell your story through pictures — moving and still — that you’ve shot, just email us or you yourself upload it on our website. Please include captions and information about the videos and photos you send, along with your name and telephone number. You can also use your camera phone to send us photos and video while you’re on the road. Remember, you’re not the spectator.
You can even spread what you see and that is news, you’re agile and able to get to areas the local news anchor won’t want to go. Use this to your advantage. While reporting you need to be aware of certain methods. Stay close to the action, but try not to get in the way. Make sure your photos/videos and words correlate. Talking about a huge police presence, but only photographing one police officer is confusing. Listen to the police commanders and whoever is heading up the activists. This is the information people want to know. They can help you get the best photos if they have a plan. They can instruct you to run up the block because they’re getting ready to march down a street. If possible, talk to the leaders of the group. Ask them to give you a 30-second summary of what they want and why they are there. Inform the police that you are a citizen journalist, there is a chance they could give you information that will keep you out of danger. Also making your presence could be beneficial if shit starts getting crazy. If the police ask you to leave the area, turn off your camera, or generally try to bully you, document this.
Remember, you don’t need to stand up in front of a crowd and tell us all what’s happening. Report quickly and efficiently from the scene. Use your speed and alertness to your advantage.
Let’s make difference by voicing our opinions
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