The work of citizen (street) journalists may not reach the heights of social and spiritual impact as the great men and women of history, but make no mistake, it is extremely important to the preservation of democracy. The basic principles of journalism -objective reporting, detachment from personal bias, a commitment to the truth and more -are needed today more than ever in history. These principles applied by well-meaning, truth seeking citizen (street) journalists across the nation and around the world will increase public knowledge, improve public trust and expand public discourse. – Handbook for Citizen Journalists (Ross and Cormier, 2010)
The Page Media Services through its website, www.thepageng.com, believes so much in societal collaboration as the future of journalism. We believe that technology has offered us more tools through which needed new perspectives can be added to an increasingly patchy and polarised media world. These new perspectives, we believe, will launch a culture of mutual dialogue where the conventional media will not just do the telling but also forced to listen to what the people have to say.
This system of collaborative journalism widely known as citizen journalism is what we at The Page refer to as Street Journalism and we believe that its success will not only open new frontiers to journalism but it will also open up a new challenge that journalism is much more beyond than publishing and journalists are not the only voice of authority, proficiency or relevance. Therefore, the membership of the fourth estate will be thrown open to all which in turn expressly facilitates the respect of diversity and the promotion of shared values everywhere.
On this note, The Page has launched the “Street” and “Letters” sections to advance the cause of citizen journalism. The Street section allows any citizen to report events around him or her by sending it to us in any reasonable and possible format as to advance its credibility and seriousness. Such events or things reported must be of public concern. The Letter section on the other hand gives everyone the chance to send a letter to the editor of any Nigerian newspaper in reply to any story that might have been published by the news platform. With this section, we are giving everyone a platform to constructively engage the conventional media whether in an approving or disapproving manner.
To carry out this project effectively, we expect everyone seeking to utilise these platforms to note the following policies: