In our bid to provide more original news for Nigerian readers, we at Zikistmovement.com have applied for an #innovateAFRICA grant to enable us employ correspondents in every state in Nigeria.
This is due to our realization that most online news in Nigeria are recycled from print media. Even among the biggest blogs/newssites, they just employ people to post news gotten from the websites of our daily papers. Believe me, I should know. So most of what we call original news in Nigeria is just recycled news with a fresh angle mixed into it. Everyone is curating, and no one is producing fresh content in the realest sense of the word.
While new angles to the news have their place in journalism/blogging, there is currently an unhealthy imbalance in the Nigerian social media scene, because there is not enough journalistic standard original content being produced online. This has led to bad user experience as people have fallen victim to plagiarism, over-duplication of content as well as slanderous tripe written in the name of ‘online journalism’.
So, proffessional journalism has been pushed aside, and citizen journalism has been given a bad name. To counter this trend, we aim to employ 36 paid journalists as correspondents in the 36 states of Nigeria to enlarge the amount of journalistic-standard fresh content in Nigeria’s blogosphere.
Doing that will give you the reader more choices of news, instead of overflogging the little amount of fresh news the papers give us and then waiting for the next news cycle. Also, we will employ editors to edit out plagiarism, falsehoods, solecisms and slander, which are currently the bane of Nigerian social media.
Our journalists, with their proffessional standards will complement the spontaniety of our bloggers to produce a hybrid practice that will enhance user experience and Nigerian online journalism. While the current bloggers of Zikistmovement.com will keep doing their job, they will be joined by proffessional journalists who will actually move into the beat instead of curating from the desk.
Please Retweet this, Comment on it, Share it, to increase our chances of getting the grant. Start now for more freshly pressed news served to you in a timely manner. Let citizen journalism and proffessional journalism come together to enhance our experience of high quality digital journalism in Nigeria. Let us creat Nigeria’s version of @HuffintonPost. Yes We Can!