We have always liked the tradition of newspaper Public Editors. The New York Times’ Margaret Sullivan was particular a favourite of ours.
They serve as an Ombudsman, taking on-board review and criticism of the paper’s inevitable foibles and errors and mistakes. It’s an act both of hubris and of humility – about the above-boardness of newspapers, but also an acknowledgement of frailty, and maybe mortality of those who are gatekeepers
Yada yada yada.
So we decided to start a little experiment, since we find ourselves playing the media critic every now and then, we figured ‘ah, our people beyond the German Wall separating the news room from The Media Blog’ also make their own share of mistakes we are sure. And we have to look sometimes at the speck in our eyes when looking at the log in the eyes of others (see what we did there?).
Oh, and we will have so much fun hitting the YNaija editors who use the (ugh) word ‘netizens’ or (shudder in fright) ‘Twitter user’ instead of finding out exactly what that person does beyond just using Twitter.
So if you notice something, that’s not quite working here, share with us – we’ll think it over. And if it violates the values important to us – as a curator of the conversations that matter, focused on the ideas and issues that define and drive young Nigerians, and those who pay attention to young Nigeria – then we will talk about it, and hopefully the we all get better (producer and consumer) for it.
If you want to know how this works, check Sullivan HERE.
Let’s have some fun, people!
PS: See anything worth talking about on the ins and outs of the media business in Nigeria on TV, radio, print and online (could be news, tweets, photos, opeds etc) send us a mail on[email protected] titled TMB. Let’s share the insight together!