A senior Zimbabwean journalist has launchedÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â a websiteÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â for Zimbabwean journalists, those who write about Zimbabwe and newsmakers at http://www.mediainzimbabwe.com/, according to a media release.
This website is an offshoot of ZimJournalists Arise which hit the internet on August 26 2006 to Feburary 2007at http://zimjournalist1.blogspot.com/.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThisÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â is in realization that,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â journalistsÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â play an important role to deal with problems in the country and to prepare for the future of a New Zimbabwe,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Âsaid MIZ editor in a press statemen.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHundreds of Zimbabwean journalists have been forced into the streets or into exile for political and economic reasons, save for a few and a handful of freelancers. Despite the obstacles of facing rentless harassment, torture, arrests, victimization of all sorts, including poor working conditions, we believe that change, as sure as tomorrow will come is Coming and we want the Zimbabwean media to be in line with that change, added MIZ editor.
The websiteÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â serves as a central point for Zimbabwean journalists whose main function is to link journalists with newsmakers, so that the former can actively cover events and for the latterÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â to publicize their events. It is hoped the website will be the first stop for those whoÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â want information on the Zimbabwean media orÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â for investors, students etc.
The website circulates information that journalists may find handy in their work, provide a platform for communication between newsmakers and journalists and also for journalists themselves to network.
ItsÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â main focus is to promote well- informed and well-trained journalists, by keeping journalists up to date withÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â training opportunities, fellowship programs, awards and any useful information they may find useful in their work.
Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe plan to do this by highlighting job opportunities, fellowship programs and any other activities that keep journaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s abreast with media activities, that they can benefit from, in line with our motto, Striving For A Better Zimbabwean Journalist, said MIZ editor.
The websiteÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â is run on the premise thatÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â although the current media may be governed by oppressive pieces ofÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â legislation such as AIPPA,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â but journalists need to continue with their work the best they can, toÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â defeat the enemies ofÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â press freedom and prepare for the future.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMIZ believes in paving way the way forÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â free and rrobustÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â mediaÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â beauseÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â we realise the potentialÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Zimbabwean journalists.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â A number of our journalists are doing well especially inÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â neighbouring countries such as Botswana,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â South Africa and NamibiaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said MIZ editor adding that the growing number of publications, radio stations and news websites, that have sprouted outside the Motherland are also an indicator of the countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s talent.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œTherefore given a chance, the Zimbabwean media can spring back to life one day and we want to prepare journa's for that day, by taking it from a media operating in a crisis environment,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â a post-conflict era and into a young democracy, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œsaid MIZ editor..
The website promotes theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â need for journalists who are sensitive to human rights and democracy, JOURNALISTS that are past partisan journalism. Journalists who will report fairly and objectively, without fear nor favor.
The website is for all Zimbabwean journalists whether they work for the state media, private or international media.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œEven state media workers are part of the website's plans because we realise that although they may be used by the regime to churn out propoganda, most of them are not doing so willingly but are doing it to survive,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â points out MIZ editor.
Media In ZimbabweÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â will reach out to these journalists, expose them to news, training programes and organisations that can help them become better journalists in a New Zimbabwe. MIZ hopes that they too will be enlightened, to the ethics and professional standards of professional journalism. MIZ also hopes to expose them to news and opportunities beyond the eyes of the ruling party.
Another area of special interest toÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â will be freelance journalists. Although there are no statistics, freelance journalists, consist quite a number of journalist, most of whom have been made jobless because of the closure and turmoil in the Zimbabwean media. Most of these freelancers, donot have access to press statements, reports etc. This is where we would like to come in to help them with some of theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â information they need.
Media In Zimbabwe is NOT a news website, but a TOOLÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â for journalists, andÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â covers media news in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world.
Although still under development the website, also hasÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â pages on training institutions, a page on Zimbabwean media organisations, contacts for journalists in distress, posts from the Media Monitoring project of Zimbabwe and a section on the countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s media history.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe website will be constantly updating and working to improve its site,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â to give its readers a better product and thus sugestions, coments etc o what readers and journalists think are encouraged,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said MIZ editor..
MIZÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â will also has a section on news headlines, on a small scale, in line with our policy of running as a tool for journalists,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and not a news website.
But MIZ editor emphasised that the website will not to direct journalists to report in any particular way but toÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â promote journalism that does not discriminate on the basis of tribe, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other basis.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ This also involves dealing with any opposition and democratic forces, whom we believe are also accountable to the people of Zimbabwe.,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said MIZ editor.
Said MIZ editor ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMIZÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â is currently operating onÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â a voluntary organisations but welcomes those who may want to share informationÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â that with fellow media workers, promotions,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â career moves, thoughts on a particular subject etc are more than welcome to contact usÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œNewsmakers areÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â also encourgedÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â to communicate through us, to theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â hundreds of journalists in Zimbabwe and all over the world at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com,,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â added MIZ editor.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe are also open to working with organisations and individuals in sharing our goals,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said MIZ.