Magazine article Geographical

People Power

Magazine article Geographical

People Power

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Citizen journalism is a phrase that has come up a lot in the media world of late. The idea that anyone can tell a story about events unfolding around them has, for some, led to lowering editorial standards and what often feels like 'life through a smartphone lens' when it comes to the news. Cost-saving sensationalism rules while thoughtful, reasoned analysis can take a hike. However, if directed properly, the act of putting reporting in the hands of the people can be beneficial (see page 44). It's not about asking locals to tell you what you want to hear. Instead, it's about providing training and appropriate technological resources to get their own stories across in a way that provides a genuine 'voice of the people' and a greater understanding of issues affecting some of the most vulnerable parts of the world. Official reports and third-party observations are all well and good, but nothing puts you in the heart of a matter quite like hearing directly from the people affected--for good or ill--by development projects around the world. …

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