After travelling to 20 countries around the world, I am always fascinated by the stories of people. Reporting from Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda, India to Sri Lanka and from various parts of Nepal, the situation of common people has always inspired me. I want to bring in light more stories on how people around the world are living and what their major challenges are.
One medium that has helped me a lot in my career is the Internet. Internet has played an important role in making the world global village. Something that wasn’t possible 30 years before is possible now: to interact with people live via photo, video and audio from anywhere in the world that has Internet connection. I wonder how would l report and file stories if there was no Internet and how difficult and costly it would be. I also wonder if my stories would have such a global reach if it wasn’t for Internet.
As a journalist, Internet has helped me both professionally and personally. It has helped me in the reporting process because I am able to find sources. I could also build a network of professional peers and circulate and disseminate stories to my global friends. The stories I do are well archived on the Internet.
Personally, it’s a great source of information and a platform for sharing. I could see what other friends are sharing and stories they are working on.
We use Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to share personal as well as professional information. As a journalist we brand ourselves strategically for a cause and for social change. We use social media for both personal and professional branding.
I know this takes a lot of time and some of the information will be shared online. But I think the reward is worth sharing. Because last week, Facebook verified my profile page. As a verified page, I would be able to get more trust from the people I will be talking to for stories.