The website that you are reading right now is part of an exciting new media initiative launched today. It’s complemented by a brand new, local community newspaper. 10,000 copies are going out across Harare as you read this.
The aim is to get you intimate with the city you live in, offering multiple ways of finding out about the issues facing us as a community, to catch up on the latest cultural, sporting, and social events in our city, and share your opinions on just about anything! Harare News will be the first stop, both on and offline, for hyper-local information as our writers will cover everything relevant to life in the city.
For the first issue of the paper, we interviewed the Mayor. He stepped down from office on Friday but you can read about his thoughts as his term ended. The environment is critical to our survival in this city, so we’ll be highlighting areas of interest but also of concern – see our first call to action here.
On the lighter side, we’ll have reviews of restaurants to help inform your culinary excursions, locally themed crosswords and on-the-street interviews on different topics – this month we focused on where people like to eat out.
In our Arts Section, we introduce you to Hope Masike, the mbira songstress who’s moving and shaking it on Harare’s cultural scene.
Just inside the back cover of the offline paper, we turned our attention to news from Harare’s many schools, you can check out what we’ve been covering here. School days are a fond memory for many people – a time when we were learning every day, making friends and playing games. What could be more newsworthy than our formative years? Harare News will bring together news from all schools – the academic, sporting and cultural endeavours of our city’s youth who deserve recognition.
The back page of most good newspapers is taken up with sport, and Harare News is no different. Find the online equivalent here, with news on what’s happening on the sports fields and at the clubs around the city. Get in touch with us so we can tell everyone about news and events down at your club.
It is our goal to inform and entertain you. Unlike any other newspaper in Harare, Harare News will be free to readers, making it accessible across the board. Of course our website will be just as accessible.
In the spirit of throwing Harare News open to members of the community, we put out a call for a picture of Harare for our first issue. The photo you see above was sent in by David Brazier. We think he’s captured a view of the city that we don’t often get to see. We’ll be bringing you more views like this over the coming months.
As we worked to set up Harare News, preparing the first issue and getting this website up and running, we had rather a few teething problems but we are proud of where we’ve come so far. We know we’ll grow from strength to strength with your support and suggestions.
All that’s left for us to say is enjoy what you read in these pages and feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.