A site dedicated for the citizens’ press in Morocco

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A site dedicated for the citizens’ press in Morocco

Morocco
Organization type: 
government
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The citizen-journalist is the one who creates the materials for the site, which consists of videos, images, news, and opinion ar

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

dedicated site. There is also a collection of amateur sites which steal the work of others and post it without their permission. This is due to the fact that official Moroccan media obscures some of the facts so that the real picture of events is not conveyed. Hence the need to set up this site, which is based on the concerns of the citizen. Morocco is experiencing a deep dynamic experience as there is a strong desire for change on the part of large groups of people. There are a lot of violations that are spreading throughout Morocco and which need to be exposed to public opinion. This is because the professional press in Morocco suffers from state oppression and its censorship of the right of free speech.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The anticipated name of the site: Dyalkom (a word in Moroccan dialect meaning “your matters”) The anticipated link: www.dyalkom.com A Moroccan news site made by the citizen-journalist, as he writes up the news stories and opinion articles, and he is the one who sends in the pictures and video clips; in brief, the citizen-journalist is the one that makes things happen on this site. Its slogan will be: "You are who makes it happen.."
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The site will be divided into 5 sections The video section: This section will receive video clips that document particular events which cannot be captured by professional cameras, such as demonstrations in a remote region, aggression against a citizen, violation of traffic regulations, and other such incidents... Your opinion in voice and video section: This section will receive visitors' posts in the form of video clips, through which they express their opinions about an issue or another. News section: The news written by citizen-journalists will be published here. These news will be checked somehow; the news stories that can not be verified will be given a yellow star, while verified news get a green star. Falsified news will be deleted, and a daily list will be made of true and falsified news stories. Picture section: This section is designated for pictures taken by citizens’ cameras and phones, and which document some event or scene. Opinion section: This section is designated for opinion articles from citizen-journalists. In each genre, the intellectual property rights of owners will be preserved and their names will also be published, if they have no objection. Every weekend, a PDF copy will be made of the most important news stories and articles, which will be made available for downloading. In the same way that a PDF copy is to be made of the most important news items and articles published, an audio copy of these materials will also be compiled to enable people who can't read to inform themselves about the most important materials on the site.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is the "Hespress" site, however, it is a general news site, not to mention the fact that no one knows who is behind this site. There is also Lakome news site, but it is a news site only, and there is nothing on it relevant to the citizens’ press. For this reason I will be different than them as my site will be only devoted to the citizen and be made by the citizen.
About You
Organization:
Higher Institute for Media and Communication
About You
First Name

ismail

Last Name

azzam

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Higher Institute for Media and Communication

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Idea (you're poised to launch)

How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Social Impact
FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

People will benefit from the citizens’ press, as the site will not be restricted to the genres mentioned above, but will deliver several training courses that will prompt the traditional mass media in Morocco to develop themselves with the intention of being on a par with this new type of press.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Get the site into the top rankings in the website competition in Morocco.

Six-Month Tasks
Task 1

Introducing and promoting the site

Task 2

Encouraging people to send their material.

Task 3

Making people trust the site.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

The site to become number one in Morocco.

12-Month Tasks
Task 1

Creating a design for the site that stands out.

Task 2

Forming the team to work on the site

Task 3

Concluding partnerships with select organizations.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

Sustainability
Explain how your company, program, service or product is structured

Undefined

What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

I have a financing problem as the cost of the site may be more than $2,000 at the start; This is something that is very difficult for me, especially as I am still a Media student.
After building the site and making it known, I will conclude partnerships with international organizations to support it, and I will attract certain ads to the site with the intention of finding some material means to enable the site to continue. Once the site reaches the top rankings, it will receive ad requests, from which I will pick certain ads that are not at variance with the aims of the site.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

This question will be answered in relation to my country’s situation, as in Morocco there is an illiteracy rate of up to 50%, there are only 3 million Internet users out of 36 million people, so this site, by its nature, would encourage people to use the Internet.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

I will investigate the matters that led to failure and will work on fixing them.I will not stop until I reach my goal.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

Moroccan companies.
Global organizations interested in development.

Tell us about your partnerships
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

3 employees at most in the initial phases, but the number may increase in the advanced phases.
2 of them will be technical specialists along with a journalist assisting me.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.).

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list
Summary
Define your company, program, service or product in 1-2 short sentences

A Moroccan news site made by the citizen-journalist,