Per Second News, a transnational news medium, has unveiled a new app to empower citizens with tools to publicly document quality of life concerns in their neighborhoods.
The free platform allows citizens to directly report news, videos, event or quality-of-life issues and request government services.
The launch of the “Reporters’ Centre”, a mobile application tool, now provides a more convenient method for our community to engage with the government.
With the reporting tool, citizens can provide photos, videos and specific descriptions of any issues they come across, from potholes to building maintenance issues, assault, insecurity, accidents and other incidents in their community.
“The Media can’t be everywhere, but there is something with a citizen telling their own story from their own perspective which can be very valuable, said Stella Igwe-Adesoga, week-end editor.
“Citizens can enhance journalism’s traditional role of holding powerful institutions like the police, for instance, accountable.
The new tool is completely mobile and tablet-friendly, allowing users to fully access information on the go.
With the exponential growth in the internet-ready mobile lines, a dynamic and robust space has been birthed for the citizens not only to be heard but contribute to our information pool, according to Mr. Dele Akinsola, Managing Editor of PerSecondnews.
The penetration and pervasiveness of citizen reportage has made it imperative to engage the citizens and create a platform for them to roll out reports with videos and pictures.
PerSecondnews initiative is a conscious approach to strategically engage citizens to get first-hand and on-the-spot news and alerts.
The mileage and the ability to get online real-time feedback and the cost-free potential coverage extent remain unimaginable!
We urge the growing army of “citizen journalism” practitioners to latch on to this to help the government and other institutions to help them.
We equally urge them to think and act proactively and use their android phones and PerSecondnews App to start communicating strategically and purposefully with a well-coordinated feedbacks.
The new tool is completely mobile and tablet friendly, allowing users to fully access information on the go.