1. What is citizen journalism?

Citizen journalism is the original reporting of local events and opinions from citizens who are on the ground. Citizen journalism can be created by anyone with a mobile phone, and can include photos, audio, video, textual descriptions, and opinions about current events.


  1. Why is citizen journalism important?

“All journalists are citizens but all citizens are not journalists.”

With citizen journalism, normal citizens get the opportunity to share ideas, observations, and experiences from their communities to a wider public. Citizen journalism is an important addition to traditional journalism, because journalists cannot be everywhere at once. Thus, citizen journalists can ensure that their own stories are heard.


  1. Do I need to be a great writer to be a citizen journalist?

No. In fact, no writing is required at all! You can send in your stories by calling into our automatic phone calling system. Alternatively, you can also send us SMS updates, or photos, video, and other multimedia.

Though you do not need to be a great writer, it does help to be a good storyteller. In your report, mentioning the following is helpful:

Who: Who are you writing about?

What: What was the event that you are writing about?

When: When did it happen (time of day, month and year)

Where: Where did it take place? This could be the street and house number, or the village or district that it took place.

Why: Why did it happen? Why is it important?


  1. How do I become a citizen journalist?

All you need is a mobile phone! You can send us a report by texting us a report at 0793129129, using our web-based form, or on Facebook, Twitter or blog. For more, see [INFOGRAPHIC]


  1. How do I submit my article or story?

To submit your story, follow the instructions below:

via Phone: Call or SMS your story to 0793129129. In case of a call, leave a missed call and our system will call you back to record your story

via Website: You can submit your report by filling out this form here

via Email: drop us an email on paiwandgah@gmail.com

via Facebook: Leave us a message on facebook.com/Paiwandgah

via Twitter: Tweet your report or pictures at us on @Paiwandgah


  1. Do I need to be registered on your website to submit my report?

No, it is not necessary to register.

Anyone can submit a report, though all reports will be moderated and, whenever possible, verified before they are published.


  1. If anyone can be a citizen journalist, why should I register?

By registering on the Paiwandgah platform, you will be able to have a better access to your profile on the website, allowing you to better interact with other users and readers.


  1. How long should my report be?

Reports can be as long or short as you like.

However, depending on how you choose to submit, you may have character limits. For example, Twitter limits reports to 140 characters, and text messages also have character limitations.


  1. Is this site secure?

Yes, Paiwandgāh.af uses all of the latest security features, including SSL encryption. However, you should still be careful about what you post online. Please do not share any information that you are not comfortable with the whole world seeing!


  1. Will you edit my report?

Paiwandgāh reserves the right to modify, remove, or un-publish any reports. Our purpose is not to “censor” any reports, but rather to ensure the most accurate and unbiased information as possible.


  1. Will registered citizen journalists be compensated?

Paiwandgah will not formally compensate citizen journalists, though it will provide top-up credit to the most active citizen journalists.


  1. How will I be notified when my story has been published?

As a registered user on our website, you can choose to receive notifications when your stories are published in the same medium that you submitted your reports.


  1. Will only Afghanistan-based citizen journalists be considered?

Because Paiwandgāh’s mission is to empower ordinary Afghans to share their experiences and opinions, only Afghanistan users will be allowed to register.

If you are not based in Afghanistan, you can still interact with our journalists by choosing the ‘Ask a Citizen Journalist’ feature on our homepage.


  1. How frequently should citizen journalists post and share stories?

The Paiwandgāh team will send out weekly “assignments”, but we encourage citizen journalists to share any and all relevant updates.


  1. Why is Paiwandgāhrunning a citizen journalism program?

The team behind Paiwandgāh believes that connecting Afghan citizens to each other and the wider world, by empowering them to tell their own stories, will increase civic participation, transparency and accountability, while also strengthening civil society in the future.

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