Even though online journalism, which spearheads the rapid growth of new media technology, has had a very short history compared to the traditional forms of journalism, the former has overpowered the latter in modern times – both in positive and negative aspects. Sadly, online journalism has forgotten its ethics and responsibilities, multiple times faster than print and other electronic media.
When Coastaldigest.com, with its headquarter in the South Indian city of Mangalore, took a small but firm step exactly three years ago, towards becoming ‘A Voice for All’, predominantly aiming at focusing on news and issues of West Coast of India, online journalism had already lost its credibility and ethical values.
Nevertheless, swimming against the high tides, Coastaldigest.com, true to its claim, remained ‘A Voice for All’ highlighting issues and concerns of all strata of the society, with a special focus on the marginalised and weaker sections.
Our aim also includes promoting ‘harmony’, ‘unity’ and ‘brotherhood’ among the people of all communities and sections.
Our team which comprises of editorial, reporting and photography sections, besides a large network of freelancers and stringers, gives utmost priority to maintain ‘strict neutrality’ in reporting, especially in matters relating to religion and politics. Our editorial policy is based on universally accepted values of truth, fairness and justice.
We must admit that our ever-alert readers, with their speedy reactions have helped us in maintaining our professional disciplines. The lovely bond between us and our readers has been strengthening with every passing day.
As a result, within a short period of three years, Coastaldigest.com has emerged as a trusted news portal of the country. Yes, the biggest achievement of our lovely caravan of three years, is earning the ‘Trust’ of the readers across diverse sections. With this, we feel worthy to change our slogan from ‘A Voice for All’ to ‘The Trusted News Portal of India’.
In the last three years, many of our exclusive and special reports have created a great impact in the society, which has brought us tremendous satisfaction of doing our bit to the society.
Without exaggeration, whichever country they may live in, a large number of Non-Resident Indians, especially from coastal districts of Karnataka and Kerala today begin their day with Coastaldigest.com. We will continue to be with Indian expatriates in Middle East in all their concerns and problems.
At the threshold of the fourth year, let me also reiterate our commitment to continue our silent movement against all the bad practices currently prevailed across world of media, through remaining a truly plural, multi-ethnic and democratic media outlet, committed to value-based journalism and ethos of social justice.
Probably, a glance into our new layout, which includes new sections like ‘Editorspeak’, ‘Matrimony’, ‘Education & Career’ and so on would drive you home our enhanced commitments. In the days ahead, we hope to reach out to more people and achieve higher goals.
At this moment Coastaldigest.com is proud to announce its new Editor-in-Chief, Naeem Siddeeq, who has been a part of the news portal since the day of its formal launch in Mangalore in 2010.
We are also grateful to each of our present and former staff in India and abroad, contributors, columnists, readers, advertisers and well-wishers across the globe. We also expect guidance, suggestions and support from you all to continue our journey in a meaningful way. Wish you all a happy New Year and happy third anniversary of Coastaldigest.com.
Third anniversary note from the Chairman