Our story began when our Editor-in-Chief and his peers talked about this disconnect he noticed in the news media of today – a disconnect between how a story is told by those on the ground and how it is told by ‘international’ media outlets.
As we enter the age of ‘likes, clicks and shares’, where exposure and popularity determines the success or failure of the industry, many newspapers and channels will inevitably have to tell stories in a way that their target audience would find appealing.
Thus, how the news is reported will depend on the tastes and preferences of their audiences.
This can hardly be reflective of what the news should be.
Are we here to provide information, or to deliver messages that only our audiences agree with and would thus ‘like and share’ on their social media channels?
We decided that the world has had enough and there ought to be a better way of communication. We wanted to start something new.
Gone are the days where the likes of CNN, Al Jazeera or Fox, and Sky dictate the stories of the world; gone are the days where an American gets to fly to a country in the Middle East and reports back to an American audience what’s going on over there.
Instead, we, as people of these countries, take charge and tell our own stories with out own words and from our own point of view.
Why should a foreign correspondent write about a certain country when we can find individuals perfectly capable of telling their stories on their own?
That’s how it all began, with the ambition to express one’s genuine ideas from the local perspective, and then sharing it with readers from everywhere else.
When one considers the amount of hard work we have put into this project, one might ask, “why are we doing this?” and “why are we going through all the trouble?”
It is belief that the only way to change the world for the better, is for us to actively share our thoughts and feelings with one another, that drives us to keep moving forward.
May it be newspapers, magazines, books, songs, art, poetry, sentences, phrases, words or punctuation… They will all be meaningless if they do not serve and their true purpose of building a connection.
As writers of the Typewriter, by telling our stories from a personal perspective, by telling our stories in the most heart-felt manner, we build this genuine connection between the hearts, minds and souls of of our readers and those of ourselves.
By building this connection, we create this bond between people across continents and oceans. Perhaps we can understand each other a little bit more, realise each other’s differences and respect them.
On top of all that, we also do sincerely hope that, in this day and age of youth apathy in everything; in this day and age of over-flooding of pop culture and a gradual disappearance of well-informed and intellectual debates; we as the youth of the world can stand up and tell people that yes we do care, and yes we will act.
This is why we started The Typewriter.
Just like an actual typewriter, we want to become a tool for communication. We hope to translate the thoughts of an individual into words and published to the world. This is why we do not have an editorial board, nor do we filter or ‘screen’ our writers.
As long as you want to have your voice heard, you can submit an article and tell us your story. We will make sure that your opinion will be factually-accurate, based on your local perspective and point of view, and your article will facilitate a constructive debate on issues that matter.
By doing so, we form a global network of aspiring young professionals hoping to bring about substantive change in this world, by genuinely listening to each other and respecting everyone’s point of view.
This is our story; now please tell us yours.