Media in the Palestinian Territories seem to be busy with covering international and internal conflicts; local affairs do not seem to be accommodated in this daily news routine. This is where ‘Go Local!’ stepped in. The innovative initiative combined an interactive online platform with public hearings on issues of local concern, thus providing a platform of interaction and dialogue between state and society.
The core editorial team of the website consisted of journalists and young journalism students from Nablus who were trained in local and online reporting and who developed the concept of the portal. The website creates an online space for citizens to raise pressing issues and provides background dossiers related to public service provision and politics in the municipality. Doing this, the platform gave citizens useful information before and after public hearings that served to underpin the digital debate with real-life discussion and helped to identify solutions to the problems raised.