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community newspaper launches in Harare
Gerry Jackson, SW Radio
July 04, 2013
A new newspaper
was launched in Harare on Thursday – Harare News.
free community newspaper that will publish a run of 10,000 copies
once a month and will be available online on a daily basis and via
Facebook. Their website says: “Our content is drawn from the
city around us as we cover the places, people and events that are
important to the citizens of Harare. We love our capital, and want
to make it a better place to live, work and play.”
SW Radio Africa
asked editor Sara Davies why this newspaper will be different from
any of the others available, and she said: “There are many
different communities living in Harare but ultimately everybody
walks down the same street and has similar issue affecting them,
so it’s just about creating awareness about what is happening
around. Both my business partner and I have lived in other cities
and we’ve really seen the power of community news. Even coming
in as an outsider it puts you in touch with what’s going on
in your environment, and no newspaper in Harare does that.”
this sense of community it’s hoped that the paper will also
galvanise people into taking action over common issues. Although
the editors hope to focus on more positive stories, they’re
not shying away from the issues, with this first edition looking
at the dangers of overloading on commuter omnibuses and the water
crisis that is affecting everyone. But even then they hope to offer
solutions and courses of action.
certainly covering a broad range of topics, with articles on lifestyle,
schools, sport, the environment, business, shopping and restaurants
and they very much want people to get involved with life in their
city. They’re hoping that by creating online forums and feedback
people will start taking more responsibility for the city that they
live in and will feel that they can do something to make it an even
better place to live.
So if you live
in Harare, or online anywhere in the world, here’s your chance
to get more involved and make a difference. Post comments online,
think about courses of action, feel part of the community, think
If not you, who?
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