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Chitownews Bulletin - Issue 01 - 2013
Chitungwiza Community Development Network
February 18, 2013

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Chitownews conducts a citizen reporting training workshop

Chitownews conducted a citizen reporting training workshop on the 6th and 7th of Februry 2013. The workshop was attended by twenty young women and men of Chitungwiza from various backgrounds within the town. The aim of the workshop was to educate the participants on the basics of news gathering, reporting, fact verification, photography, risks and use of social media sites in promoting citizen reporting.

The participants are expected to feed news and information regarding issues taking place in their communities on the online www.chitownews.com. "The aim of the project is promote freedom of expression, information and communication among the marginalized residents of Chitungwiza who are not consulted in decision and policy making processes", said Mutakiwa Shayanowako, the founding project editor and coordinator.

"We want to provide a platform for debate and interaction among citizens, pol-icy and decision makers in solving developmental challenges prevailing in the third largest and fastest growing urban area in Zimbabwe", continued Mutakiwa Shayanowako.

Citizen reporting/journalism is a fairly new concept that started in the 1980's and has continued to grow. The concept entails private individuals playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting and disseminating news and information for consumption by other individuals.

When news and events take place, they are mostly witnessed by the citizens who will then inform the media and the which will then broadcasts the information back to the citizens. The rapid developments in the information communication technology industry has aided the growth and practice of citizen reporting worldwide over the last decade.

The website will also provide a platform for entrepreneurs plying various trades in the informal economy to advertise and market their products at no costs so as to improve their livelihoods situation in a country where unemployment is more than 80%.

"We also aim to improve the way which entrepreneurs in the informal economy and consumers conduct their business", said Shayanowako.

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