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Without the Middlemen

When I was young, I dreamed of becoming a journalist. I didn’t know where that dream came from because neither I know how to write nor have the potential of a journalist. I wasn’t recruited to be a part of the school publication in the elementary high school days because the opportunities were only reserved for those enrolled in the first section, reputed to be dominated by high performers. What I recall is my mother Anastacia, a single mom, used to sell newspapers and magazines in our small town which might have sparked my love affair with the written word. That was in the late 1960s when television was rarely available in the big cities, Internet was never thought of and the only accessible source of news and information is the transistor radio.

I tried to work on that dream by choosing journalism as my preferred college course, however, my college entrance examination performance did not reach the quota allocated to the Journalism course. I stopped dreaming and instead got involved in school and organizational newsletters to test my writing skills. Those were my brief attempts in campus journalism.

My big break started when the Internet came into being and Web 2.0 became accessible to everyone who wants to learn and have something to share. This time, I don’t need to have a stellar scholastic performance to be able to participate in the conversations in the development community. This time, I won’t need the imprimatur of teachers and professors before I can share my thoughts and experiences to my selected audience and to the world. This time, with Web 2.0 I am my own journalist, I am empowered to choose my own beat; to interview my sources and document my experiences and interaction with the people and communities I encounter.

With Web 2.0, ordinary citizens can already report the real situation of women and their families in remote communities that are not reached by mainstream media. Factual information of injustice, abuse and government neglect can already be reported without going through the rigorous editorial circuits and state censorship. News stories can directly reach the target audience in real time as long as Internet is accessible and reliable. The stories of ordinary women who struggles from day to day to lead extraordinary lives from little known places can now be shared via the world wide web.

Voices of grassroots women to clamor for change can now be amplified in solidarity with sisters from all over to reach the desks of policy makers, influentials and decision makers. Women can now get support to their petitions online. Women’s groups can share their initiatives and good practices in addressing gender discrimination for other women to learn from.

With Web 2.0, we can market ideas, goods and causes as well as share our hopes and dreams from our own perspectives without asking consent and approval from the “middlemen”. Isn’t it both exciting and empowering?

Comments

usha kc's picture

Dear Paulina, yes It's

Dear Paulina, yes It's empowering and exciting indeed.
loved your voice.

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Affirmation

THanks Usha for the affirmation. World Pulse have given us the venue to share our voices.

Cheers from the Philippines

Paulina

Akech's picture

Isn;t it wonderful that we

Isn;t it wonderful that we have web 2.0? You are a brilliant writer. I enjoyed reading your article.

Best regards, Monica

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

Stella Paul's picture

Thats enpowerment!

Dear Paulina

Every time you lose the need of a middleman, it is a sign that you are stepping closer to your objective. And that's empowerment!
Celebrate the power!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Paulina Lawsin's picture

without the middleman

Thanks Stella Paul for the insight. I'll keep that in mind always. Can I quote you in my tweet?

Stella Paul's picture

sure!

of course dear!go ahead! (and btw, i'm stellasglobe on twitter. how can i find u?)

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Twitter

Am Blouses_Causes..
Will follow you.

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Dear Paulina

Hello ,
Great work and I say I have to laugh with so much happiness for your motherly piece of work,Well done coming from a senior lady,important advice for the young generation.Web 2.0 is the new kid in the block.I wish you well that you have come this far and overcome all hurdles is a plus.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Thanks

Thanks Lucia for liking my article. I have to write to express my thoughts before I become too old to type.

Good luck in your work.

Dear Paulina,

Congratulations on following your DREAM and giving VOICE to the women and citizens from the front lines, where it counts. Your determination and advocacy to use the internet as a research engine and vehicle for citizen journalism is wonderful!

Keep up the great work, reporter Paulina. Welcome aboard to VOF and I look forward to reading more of your work from the front lines!

With gratitude,

Linda Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Reporter

Wow.. am now a Reporter. Thanks Linda for the new Job Title, or should we say Vocation Title. You are so encouraging. An effective cheer leader. Your words made me imagine the places and people am going to visit.

Thank you. Got a new byline.

This is Paulina reporting from the Frontlines..

The power of making your dream come true is not determined by others but how we create opportunities to make it happen. I love how your imagination has taken flight and many stories to be shared and told by reporter Paulina!!

Keep up the good work and love your professional title!

With Gratitude,

linda

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Reporter

That is quite a quotable Linda. Let me tweet it so my friends . I am Blouses_Causes at Twitter. What's yours?

Linda M. Ando's picture

Let your VOICE be heard!

Hello! I am not a twitter - shameful, ehh! I prefer a balance of human interaction with social media. However, I am a big supporter of WorldPulse and VOF. Smiles...linda

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Dmack08's picture

Thank you!

Paulina, This is such a valuable story! Thank you for sharing a bit about your journey and reminding me of what a wonderful tool we have in Web 2.0. You are an excellent writer. I hope that you continue to share yourself and your stories in the future!

Paulina Lawsin's picture

I appreciate you reading it.

I appreciate you reading it. The comments are encouraging and inspires me to continue writing and sharing. Thanks.

Lisa T's picture

Paulina, Thank you for

Paulina,
Thank you for sharing your story, it was a pleasure to read. I hope that Web 2.0 will be the platform for you to continue to share your voice and your stories. I look forward to reading more!
Sincerely,
Lisa

Paulina Lawsin's picture

You are welcome Lisa. Kudos

You are welcome Lisa. Kudos to World Pulse for creating this venue for us.

Paulina Lawsin's picture

You are welcome Lisa. Kudos

You are welcome Lisa. Kudos to World Pulse for creating this venue for us.

busayo's picture

WAO!

Dear Paulina,
It Is good to hear what web 2.0 have done in your life. I remember that i was introduced to web 2.0 by worldpulse in 2009, before then i was already a Master's degree holder but a pure illiterate as far as web 2.0 is concerned. It was at that point in 2009 that the dream i have been carrying about for 25 years begin to materialized. i am so glad for you that your dream is coming to life. I wish you all the best.

Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

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