Leaving Brussels, I have been thinking of what it would be good to write about during the next months.
Coming from the country - Serbia - that has not achieved any of the Millennium Development Goals yet, finding topics will not be very difficult. Local take on such a broad subject for me is both the most inspiring to cover, and most interesting to read about.
Even if the country was far more developed, I doubt that issues to write about would be lacking. Learning what in specific contexts mean development, highlights diversity of the World we live in and gives perspective of what the future could bring to us.
Since media - old and new - are the field I am most interested in, the ways they cover development - not only in Serbia - will be certainly in my focus during Th!nk3. Some ideas are already there.
A quick look into some of the texts published in Serbian print media that mention Millennium Development Goals show that they lack most of the elements suggested for reporting development: Self-interest, human sympathy, drama, intellectual curiosity... Instead, brief news about UN donations for achieving these goals are published, along with opinion pieces and statements by public officials. Not engaging, at all. The stories of Serbian poor or disadvantaged are not much different: Some statistical data, more statements, and a rare reportage remains a pattern of reporting. Most of the journalistic and editorial passion seems to go into dramas of internal politics, gossip, sports.
Additional training and awareness raising are needed. Bloggers' perspective could be very useful as well, as a way to give individual voice and perspective and to tell concrete stories. For that is how we can avoid making typified news where diversity is all too present. Just as Tolstoy (sort of) said long time ago.