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New Media, Empowerment and Myself

Christiane Amanpour once said, “I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.” As citizen journalists, we all believe that good journalism can make our community, our country and our world a better place.

The evolution of journalism from traditional to digital media is the result of a more effective, collaborative and faster way of news gathering and communication. It has become more accessible and less expensive. These are the thrills that we all enjoy.

Web 2.0 is not only a technology used in digital media, social media and networking. It is a method used by the global women’s empowerment movement. These are the women who connect, collaborate, interact and create solutions to issues and problems. These are the women leaders with powerful voices to make a difference in their community and in their country. These are the women with voices uprising who want to be heard. Therefore, the role of Web 2.0 is the bridge to connect these women leaders from 190 countries and bring their voices together in transforming the world.

I am grateful with the birth of Web 2.0. This tool helped me to become a citizen journalist. My journey started when I launched my blog in April 2010. I’ve inspired fans with the stories I’ve written. A month later, I joined Allvoices news community as an anchor writer. I’ve authored the “Most viewed story in the Philippines at all times”and the “Top 7 most viewed world news” in 2010. I elevated myself and joined CNN as an iReporter in August 2010. I’ve written more than 800 stories, with more than hundred stories featured on CNN.

All these forms of new media including my blogs, twitter, facebook, and linkedin are my tools to connect, collaborate and interact. I use them to empower myself and other people. I use them as my voice to speak and inspire.

As technology develops, I continue to accelerate myself. I connect and collaborate with different organizations whose common goal is to make a difference. I involve myself with volunteer programs and I expose them to media. I continue to write good news and share my opinion. I am working to better my voice - make it bigger and more global.

My goal as a citizen journalist is to be a voice for other people, and a voice to influence, inspire and to make an impact for the world.

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adeakins's picture

Keep Spreading The Word

It is wonderful that you have taken on the task to get your story out to the public at large with such a passion. I love that you jumped right in and have not looked back. Keep moving forward and spreading your voice!

Thanks,

Aaron

Lia@WP's picture

Thank you

Hi, Aaron

Thank you so much for your compliment. I appreciate it.
You are right, having passion in what you do makes the task more fulfilling. I draw my passion from the motivation I gain from other people as well.
Looking forward to connect with you here.

Best,
Lia

lia

Isabel Siegel Griffith's picture

Thank You!!!

Dear Lia,

Your drive, passion, commitment and determination are inspiring. You could have not expressed it better as you stated that the "role of Web 2.0 is the bridge to connect these women leaders from 190 countries and bring their voices together in transforming the world." In my opinion, this is how I view the platform, and it is at the heart of where real change can happen. Thank you again for sharing your story and vision and how you have utilized Web 2.0 to further your message.

Warm regards,

Isabel

Isabel

Lia@WP's picture

Thank you, too

Hi, Isabel

Thank you, too for the compliments. I really appreciate your wonderful words.
My motivation comes from the people I inspire. I want to inspire more and be an instrument to make a difference to other people's lives.

Good luck to your writing and your voice, too.

Best,
Lia

lia

hemrajan's picture

the reach of your voice

Dear Lia

First of all, I loved the quote from Christiane Amanpour that you put in your essay - it is very fitting indeed.
It was wonderful to read that you wrote the “Top 7 most viewed world news” in 2010 and that you have joined CNN as an iReporter - what great achievements!

Most inspiring and biggest motivation for me personally is that you have written more than 800 stories! I find it difficult to overcome writer's block and you have put me to shame :-)
I will draw inspiration from your productivity!

Keep up the great work!

Asha

Carpe Diem

Lia@WP's picture

You can do it, too

Hi, Asha

Thank you for your compliments. I really appreciate it. I draw inspiration from people like you whom I inspired.
It's been more than 3 years that I've been doing this, hence it shows on the quantity of my writings. I encourage you to follow your dreams, and make it happen. You can overcome that writer's block, like what I did. And when the time comes, your voice will have a better tone and your message will be better understood. I know this for sure.

Good luck.
Best,
Lia

lia

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