Connecting with citizens concerns
Boka News has used the ECR tool extensively to cover different stories of interest to their audience. Exploring the impact of cruise ships and suggesting ways to create sustainable approaches to tourism, the renovation and care of stone parapets to protect architectural heritage to citizens views on vaccination against Covid-19. By publishing these articles they have raised awareness of the issues with the local municipalities of Tivat and Kotor and the Marine Estate.
The story about the damaged parapets was covered by national television news RTCG and this increased further awareness of the issue. With more contributions from citizens, sharing photographs and videos, Boka News were able to report further and get a response from the local government about the situation.
News portal Onogost: Solving local problems
Montenegrin news portal Onogost from the town of Niksic called on citizens to report infrastructural problems in their neighborhood. The problems had been reported for many years but had not been addressed by the municipal authority. The local news office then made a virtual map of unarranged parts of the city, calling on the authorities to solve the problems.
“The survey showed that more than 60 locations in the town are in a very bad situation, as those neighborhoods were without parking, parks and with roads in very bad condition. In most of the cases citizens were already reporting those problems, but after the survey and published articles the authorities started to act”, said Marija Vujovic from Onogost.
She added that after a month, thanks to communication with the audience, they reported how many locations were now supportedby local authorities. “Reactions of the citizens were very positive, as this was one of the first such actions in the town's history,” said Vujovic.
Portal Onogost was established in 2014 and soon became the most important local digital outlet in the city of Niksic.