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Web 2.0: Uses, solutions, tools.

The most exciting aspect of Web 2.0 is it's limitless uses forr me as journalist. I can get real time, up to date news and generate story ideas from blogs, social media and other news portals.

Web 2.0 also makes it possible to sample public opinion to certain stories within a short space of time. Most news websites have features that enable readers post comments, share their thoughts and interact with other readers.

The solution that Web 2.0 brings to the global women's empowerment movement is the power of information. Without information, women in developing countries are handicapped. In a patriachical society like Nigeria where women are expected to endure all manner of indignities from men, with Web 2.0 applications, attention can be drawn to such issues.

Sometime in 2008, the entire country and indeed the international community were horrified when a video surfaced on You tube showing a young lady being beaten by four naval ratings because she didn't make way for their convoy while in traffic. That video alone and the outrage it sparked ensured that the lady Uzoma Okere got free legal services from the Lagos state government.

She went ahead to win the case and damages worth N100m was also awarded in her favour.

With Web 2.0, I know that I have limitless options of getting a story out. I learned not to give up on any story that my organization may not want published in its paper most especially when the corporate institutions indicted are lobbying to bury it.

With Web 2.0, I can direct my sources to tell their stories on blogs and paste links on facebook and twiter to draw attention to their plight.

Comments

Zin Zar's picture

Yes!

Web 2.0 is a good media to reveal the hidden voice . Let me be your friend and let 's share the stories .

Best Wishes!

Zin Zar.

comfy's picture

hello

Hello Zinzar,
Thanks forr your comment. I look forward to sharing stories with you.

Regards
Comfort

Akech's picture

Hey Comfort, Nice article you

Hey Comfort,
Nice article you have! Thumbs up to Nigerians for utilising Socialmedia, I was impressed by what i saw and glad to know that you are part and parcel of this vibrant community.

Thanks,
Monica.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

comfy's picture

hello

Hello Monica,
Thanks for your comments and encouragement.Glad to meet you too.

Regards

Juliette Maughan's picture

Keep it up

Hi Comfort,

You play a very important role towards a more democratic society. Information is power, Knowledge is power. Formal education is important but having access to pertinent information is absolutely crucial to the empowerment of women.

Keep up your good work!

Best

comfy's picture

Thanks

Thanks Juliette.Will do my best.

foxyhedgehog's picture

Freeing information

Comfy, it was great to hear how you are using web 2.0 in your journalism and you make important points about the ways the web allows stories to be told. Your example was a powerful one and I can tell you won't be giving up on getting your own stories out into the world. Maybe next time you can offer some more examples of the ways in which women are using information to make their voices heard. I'm glad you're one of the voices speaking up!

comfy's picture

hello

Hello Foxyhedgehog,
Thank you for your comments and encouragement. I have taken note of your suggestions and will work on them. Thanks again.

Regards

jap21's picture

Hi Comfy

I really liked that your angle in this article. Showing us how you are using web 2.0 everyday, you are teaching us a new perspective to do our job of informing.

Thank you.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

comfy's picture

hello

Hello Jackie,
Am happy you loved my article. It is encouraging to know you learnt something new from it.

Regards

mrbeckbeck's picture

Nice work

Hi Comfy,

I'm glad to see how you view the possibilities of Web 2.0, especially as a journalist. There are certainly a lot of possibilities! I also liked how you showed me an example of what can happen when a story is told around the world, and public opinion is rallied... that was great.

Thanks for being a part of the community and sharing your story.
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

comfy's picture

thanks

hello Scott,
thanks for your comments, it is greatly appreciated. I am also glad to be part of this community.

Regards

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