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2013 VOF Week 1 - The power of Web 2.0 - my take

Ever since I was a child, I have lived feeling I was never going to be good enough, that I could never keep up with my far-fetched dreams. Formal education and living conditions in Romania gave me a strong sense of path-dependence – once you’re on a track, it seems harder and harder to change – almost everybody around me said it in some way. A constant reminder of “you have to adapt” often made me feel helpless, not knowing where I should start changing things. I’m currently making an effort to make the best of the present and summarizing where I currently am now gives my digital endeavor even more sense: I’ve become a print journalist through passion, trial and error, rather than through the rigor of journalism schools. I refuse to feel discouraged in the face of print media’s decay and I feel Web 2.0 is vital for me to take action and reinvent myself.
Digital media gives me courage: I can dare write about topics I would have dropped otherwise, bound for rejection as they wouldn’t sell. I can start with a blog. I know it’s not that simple and that with freedom of exposure comes also a great deal of responsibility and persistency, but this challenge is a perfect motivator. I’m only clicks away from a potential global audience that could find some common ground in the realities I’m discussing. For instance, a chronic problem, such as lack of sanitation in rural areas, has become so trite that resignation is frequently the only reaction to a report. People in Romania know about it and just a reminder of how things stand is not enough.
But digital tools help me ask for help. I can write an online post and stir reactions from near and afar, while people facing similar situations can bring to light their own experiences, adding value to a discussion, and why not, even bringing the problem a step further towards a solution. The World Pulse platform itself speaks to me about online empowerment – I and fellow women around the world can bridge distances and bring problems to light. While I might not have the prowess of a professional journalist, I can use digital tools in good faith and find support in an online community which can help me take a leap to a more proactive career and lifestyle that I’ve been afraid to pursue so far.
I could list and comment on all the online tools at my disposal and offer a larger view on the women empowerment movement and it wouldn’t be exhaustive. But to me, it all comes to giving online strength to each and every woman – both the ones talking about problems and those facing them; you don’t have to master Web 2.0, but use it efficiently, be accountable, reach out, take advantage of all the positive and negative feedback you get and ultimately avoid a sense of helplessness in the face of systemic problems because you know you are not alone.

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Sharontina's picture

Yeah!

You are not alone, yes!

And thanks for putting those possibilities at the forefront.

We can travel together with those activities dear. Nice writing.

Love

Merlin Sharontina

JaniceW's picture

Mulţumesc

You may not be a professional journalist but today, it is the citizen journalists who are revolutionizing the way we get information, bringing us news, ideas, opinions and facts about what is truly happening on the ground. Women such as yourself have become our eyes and ears on the front lines, sharing your experiences with others to transform lives and effect change. Just mentioning the conditions in rural Romania stirs our curiosity to learn more and touches our hearts to act, if only to ask for more information.

I am so happy you have the courage to speak out and I look forward to reading more from you.

Lortoria's picture

Feeling similar

Hi Alexandra,

Thank you for your post. I too am an aspiring journalist, and like you will be using World Pulse to talk about issues that affect my community that is often overlooked in popular media. I hope that through World pulse, the issues in you country Romania are bought to life, and together we can all help each other to bring positive changes.

Best wishes,

Lortoria

Lortoria McDonald

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Kate Hartley's picture

Bravo you!

Oh Alexandra....the school of "passion and trial and error" is a great one, never underestimate it's value and importance. Journalism school can teach many things, but not passion. I was touched by your story...it left me wanting to know much more...I look forward to more postings.
I must also commend you on your sense of "responsibility" when using social media.
Thank you!

Kate Hartley
"Let Your Life Speak"
www.fullcirclestudio.biz

kirantara's picture

Well done

Well done Alexandra. Your determination leaps off the page and your style is really engaging. I look forward to reading more from you.

Kiran

Kiran

weaverheart's picture

Nice piece!

Hi Alexandra, Your strength, determination and vision are much apparent here. I too, enjoyed reading this and look forward to seeing more from you. Your warrior spirit shines through. Keep it up!

All the best,

Laura

Laura R.

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