The GhanaWeb Reporter app to democratize citizen journalism
Launch of the Reporter application
GhanaWeb rewards Reporter competition with GHC2000
GhanaWeb Reporter Contest winner Michael Agyapong praised the company for launching such an innovative app that empowers citizens to participate in storytelling.
Speaking to GhanaWeb in an interview after being declared the winner of the competition, he described his shock upon learning that he had won the competition.
“I was carried away; I didn’t expect so much, but I’m happy to have at least had an impact, ”he said.
Michael’s winning story involved a farming community in Suhum Municipality called Akitibo, where residents and livestock shared the same water source.
Through his story submission, he told GhanaWeb that he was eventually contacted by the district chief executive for the region, giving him assurances that the situation would be investigated and the necessary remedies would be made. .
On his ratings of the GhanaWeb Reporter app, Agyapa, as he is affectionately known, called on many more people to take advantage of it while also calling for support in maintaining such a platform.
“I think it’s a wonderful platform to improve journalism not only for journalists themselves, but for anyone who wants their voice to be heard. Maybe you’ve seen something you want to report on, you don’t need to wait for a reporter, you just feed off the GhanaWeb Reporter and then you will be heard.
“And so, I think it’s a wonderful platform and we should all be supporting it,” he said.
Earlier, AfricaWeb Editor-in-Chief Ismail Akwei, speaking at the Ghana Bloggers Summit 2021, spoke about the benefits of the GhanaWeb Reporter.
“For the GhanaWeb Reporter, it’s open to everyone: whether it’s a citizen journalist, a blogger or anyone. With that, you are going to have your own page, your own page will have the stories, and the audience will definitely be different. Thus, GhanaWeb has its own audience; its own unique audience. GhanaWeb has around 50% of its audience in the diaspora; they are Ghanaians, ”he said.
Ismail Akwei further described some of the characteristics of the GhanaWeb Reporter for citizen journalism compared to other platforms, adding that the Reporter does not have as many limits on how a person shares their content on it.
“And also, with the features, we’re not saying don’t post to Facebook or whatever. You can post to Facebook and then share this Facebook post on your page through Reporter on the GhanaWeb app.
“I must add that the Reporter was recognized by Google in its Google News Initiative competition; I think it started in 2019, GhanaWeb was one of the first winners with The Reporter, so we made some money to be able to move this agenda forward and democratize journalism for Ghanaians. This is how much or how much the GhanaWeb Reporter is appreciated internationally, ”he said.
He spoke on the theme of the future of digital publishing and the promotion of citizen journalism.
GhanaWeb sponsored the Ghana Bloggers Summit as part of its commitment to freedom of opinion and citizen journalism.