The age of information is ripe and maturing each day. Governments aren’t afraid or uncomfortable of interacting with citizens on any platform. They are opening up about their plans and personal lives on digital and social media. Politicians like Narendra Modi (Indian Prime Minister), Justin Trudeau (Canadian Prime Minister), Barack Obama (President, U.S.A.) are superstars on many of these platforms. Furthermore, they approach media platforms with a sense of vitality to transfer confidence to their electorate worldwide.
Technology, never was limiting; however it has the acceptance of the majority now. It augurs very well for people, as dissemination of information is now easy and transparent making it more and more shared (circulated) and accessible. So what’s next? The penetration of technology and information enabling every citizen, reaching even the last citizen on the planet, is going to be the next big puzzle of this century. Digitisation of technology has helped penetrate big and small markets with ease for organisations, yet effective communication and dispensing justice is far from being attained.
As progressive governments have struggled to achieve targets of liberty, equality and justice for all, the force of the fourth estate was never felt so strongly, as an enforcer. The performance of governments, politicians, corporate outfits, individuals, art, cinema all have been scrutinized by the media and citizen journalists alike. Digital media (including social media platforms) are found reporting not only on newsworthy topics but also on topics of human interest and corporate interest (customer satisfaction/feedback) with equal vigour. The multiple reviews and user feedback models are witness to this movement.
While, information and broadcasting of digital content solves a huge piece in the puzzle there is still space for the written word. In the myriad of reviews, multiplicity of platforms, channels and of voices and opinions, which ones should you hear, which ones should you hear more often. That’s where The Good Chronicle (TGC) wants to step up. Ensuring accurate and trustworthy dissemination of information is the need of the hour. Further, reaching the youth, reaching mushrooming towns (like Rishikesh, Dehradun), and the public at large, willing to hear unheralded voices that need to be highlighted, is a must. The Good Chronicle supplements the reading habits of our audience comprising school/college going youth, to help them, one, develop a reading habit of current events, and further, consume some excellent feature stories of human interest.
We are looking to provide students and the youth of the Uttarakhand region (spiralling up from our base in Rishikesh), a platform to contribute, comment, engage on both political and apolitical issues, including our environment, art, culture, literature and any other topic of interest. The focus of the newspaper will also feature engaging political dialogue for our leaders. It will aim at bridging the gap between our political class and the public to understand their efforts (or a lack there of) in solving issues of local importance.
As we set out with a strong commitment to quality and a vision to groom our reader base, we solemnly resolve to do more than what’s adequate, always, to keep the best interest of our readers at heart.