To "Heal the Burns", Progress Clock Enters Nigeria's Media Landscape
On Monday, March 15, we are launching Progress Clock as Nigeria's first solutions-focused media outlet with a national scope. Our first set of stories would go live on that day.
So why are we entering the Nigerian media landscape with solutions?
Over the decades, mainstream media - local and foreign - have presented our problems as either hopeless or near hopeless.
From over-stretching how corrupt Nigeria and its systems are to reminding us how we are the center of extreme poverty to how the word "insecurity" is synonymous with "Nigeria." Nigerians have been bombarded with imbalanced negative narratives or reporting that has in turn inflicted psychological and emotional burns on citizens. Those burns take the form of eroding confidence in our systems, institutions, heritage, and anything Nigerian, leading to uncertainty about our future.
While we admit that Nigeria is currently far from being that ideal country we dream of, we believe it is not all gloom and doom and that rather than bemoaning our problems endlessly and doing nothing, we can begin to build a climate where we take active interest in what is working, highlighting the progress and challenges faced by well-thought-out development initiatives, and finding ways to spark meaningful conversations about social issues, initiatives and projecting addressing these issues and how they can be done well.
It is interesting to know that there are individual volunteers, informal groups, and formal organizations already working to solve problems and foster progress in our streets, in our villages, communities, cities, and different places across Nigeria.
But traditional media tend to focus heavily on negativity and sensationalism. This gap is what Progress Clock is out to fill by bringing a deep, balanced solutions-approach to issues by reporting how individuals and groups are solving humanitarian, economic, and social problems across Nigeria and helping to provide rigour analysis that will help them do their work better.
Through our weekly well-researched and authoritatively-written stories, we are launching:
- To heal the burns inflicted by traditional media on Nigerians
- To inspire hope and encourage more people to get involved in providing solutions
- To constructively direct policymakers, analysts, and other interest groups to what is not working and how to fix it.
- To encourage the replication of working solutions by pointing to how a lingering problem in Nigeria has been solved elsewhere.
In the end, with every story, we plan to answer the questions: Who is doing what to solve what problem? How? What is the Impact? And how can we replicate working solutions?