Two young enthusiasts, Chris Walker and Morgan Hartley, found out new, unconventional way of doing citizen journalism. Through their project Postulate One they organized bicycle travel through Eurasia, wanting to achieve a bold plan – to visit 19 countries in two years.
Wishing them good luck, nice trip and success, we are presenting our interview with one member of Postulate One team, Chris Walker.
Q: Postulate One is really unique type of citizen journalism. Tell us the basics, how and when did you get the idea for it?
A: Postulate One is citizen journalism turned reality TV. Over the course of two years, the project will document 5-7 visionaries, all under 30, who are working on a unique solution to the global issues of microfinance, education, and the environment. As the stories unfold, they will bring perspective on these issues to our viewers through the context of their individual struggles.
What makes our coverage unique is the level of depth and involvement it will allow users – providing a continuing story over the course of two to three months that viewers have the power to influence. It’s an idea that stems of our desire to create comprehensive coverage that could still be consumed in bite-sized quantities.
Q: Who makes the Postulate One team?
A: Postulate One is Chris Walker and Morgan Hartley, two recent American graduates from UCLA and the University of Chicago.
Q: Name of the project is interesting – Postulate One. Explain us its meaning.
A: It’s a math term that describes the most fundamental assumption from which to derive a solution. Each of our visionaries will have their own postulate one, that core truth that motivates their push for change. Our own postulate one: good stories can change the world.
Q: What is the main connection between your idea and citizen journalism?
A: The two of us look to deliver coverage from the viewpoints of two young, untrained journalists. Using this sort of raw, unscripted lens will allow us to really delve into the personalities of the visionaries we’re going after in a way that is relate-able for our audience.
Q: You are dealing with three very important global issues in a very unusual way. Do you expect more attention on social media thanks to your exterme way of traveling? How come just bikes?
A: While bicycling 10,000 miles may come off as sensational, we actually determined it to be our most effective means of travel. Biking such a large distance allows us to understand the cultural content in which activists and social entrepreneurs are operating. It also allows us to get a up close and personal look at the problems they are fighting.
Q: You are searching for visionaries. What do you expect of them, what qualities they should have?
A: Due to the depth of our coverage, we plan to actually live and work with activists and social entrepreneurs to give our audience an unprecedented look into the personalities that drive social change. In seeking out these individuals, we are seeking out people that meet four criteria:
- They have a compelling answer to the question “What are you trying to change?”
- They have been dedicated to the same solution for over 18 months
- They have been nominated as a leader by members of their community
- Their solution is innovative, practical, and unique
Q: Which countries are you planning to visit and do you expect large differences regarding their familiarity with the citizen journalism?
A: Our journey will take us through 21 nations across the Eurasian landmass — including France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China.
Q: You found an amazing way to promote citizen journalism throughout the world. What are your plans, goals and expectations?
A: We plan to cover 5 to 7 visionaries for two to three months at a time. We expect to bring attention and aid to their cause, by allowing our viewers to participate in their story by sharing media, making introductions, and donating. We also expect to present diversity in terms of our visionaries’ challenges.
Q: What are your experiences so far?
A: The bike ride has just begun! The two of us kicked off our trek from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on March 10th. Since then, we have already biked about 350 km as we make our way to our first stop for extended coverage in Bucharest, Romania. So far, we have camped out in the backyard of a French Chataeu, been invited in for lunch by a member of the French Resistance, and spent zero degree nights in cow pastures.
Q: Getting involved with the project, how can it be done?
A: Check out Postulate One