A new digital platform has been created for members of the public who want to bring more attention to issues they feel are not given enough coverage by the traditional press.
The ‘We Report Cyprus’ platform is a joint initiative by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) and Cyprus University of Technology (CUT).
Speaking to reporters on Monday, CyBC’s acting director general Gregoris Maliotis said the platform aimed at giving citizens the opportunity to bring attention to issues, and showcase ideas and new approaches to issues they feel are not covered adequately or at all by the traditional media.
The effort, Maliotis said, was innovative for Cyprus and Greece but had been embraced by large overseas media outlets including the BBC and CNN. The platform was designed by the CUT’s Department of Communication and Internet Studies in cooperation with the CyBC and the Cyprus Community Media Centre, using state funding. Maliotis said it would be operating on a four-month pilot basis.
Users must register, either through the We Report Cyprus website or using their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Also speaking to reporters yesterday, CUT Associate Professor Stelios Stylianou said the platform would give citizens the chance to interact with each other and with professional journalists to provide a different perspective on important issues.
“In this way they are no longer just consumers but actual co-creators of the contents of the news,” he said.
Although the site notes that anonymous registration is possible if a contributor is concerned the information they are sharing will endanger them, users are generally required to provide their real name.
Professional journalists will follow up on the information provided through the platform and a number have already been trained — along with members of the public who showed interest — and the platform has begun to bring attention to a number of issues suggested by the public.
For more information, visit www.wereportcyprus.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the platform’s official Facebook page. You can also follow We Report Cyprus on Twitter.