Well, this month onwards, I am going to try to share some of my friends, whose achievements have made me gush, and wonder if I had the capacity of doing what they can do so easily.
First is always special, so this month there are two achievers- one is my friend Jonathan Ojanpera, the less I talk about his talents the better, because he and his wife Lisa are absolutely spoilt by God when it comes to talents. Now, to make us even more envious of himself he has added another feather to his cap- he is running a website as an editor in charge, it’s a great achievement that much can be said. To me it is awesome.
Actually he is the inspiration behind Agnishatdal the Ezine, he gave me the idea to create something that will last for a long, long time.
Check it out here: voxpopulinews.net
he is about to launch his own website too,
Here is a little interview with Jonathan, a few words about his dream venture which let’s pray shines like sun in cyber sky.
Sharmishtha Basu: Tell us about Vox Populi News! I believe you share my feelings that it is a GREAT achievement!
Jonathan Ojanpera: Thank you, Sharmishtha. Vox is an online news magazine that was founded in September of 2015 by Farrah Prudence and Michael Higgins. Our foundation is built upon a no spin, no political correctness platform. There is enough ‘media’ out there that is polite for the sake of appeasing everyone. We currently have six writers, all of whom come from a drastically different walk of life. I came on board as chief editor in October and began writing editorial pieces in November. Our goal is to show our diversity of thought while maintaining friendships with each other despite our vast differences. In essence, we are neither right nor left, and both at the same time.
Sharmishtha Basu: Who are your target readers if any?
Jonathan Ojanpera: I think that anyone who is even a little bit interested in politics or current events would enjoy Vox. The average reader can expect to find something they either agree with or completely disagree with.
Sharmishtha Basu: What is your target? Please don’t tell me you have none!
Jonathan Ojanpera: Our target is to educate our readers on issues that will affect them at some point. Whether it is a law or a radical religious group, these things are bound to find their way into our everyday lives. I am of the belief that simply pointing something out helps readers identify where they stand on the issues.
Sharmishtha Basu: Where do you want to see Vox 5 years from now? Say on Valentine’s Day 2020- it rhymes!!!
Jonathan Ojanpera: I will likely be walking around with hearts in my eyes on Valentine’s Day… I would like to see Vox keep its steady growth in the next five years. I would like to see more writers, more videos and more reader submitted articles. In short, I see more.
Sharmishtha Basu: Who is the team and what do they want to tell the world? Something that will change them, motivate them or make them respect the team for their authenticity and expertise?
Jonathan Ojanpera: Farrah and I manage the day-to-day stuff and Aynaz Cyrus is our producer for podcasts and videos. Farrah’s story can be found here. It is heart-wrenching and her work reflects her experiences with radical Islam. She is a fluent speaker of Arabic and has worked with the US military in Iraq as a translator. She and Aynaz do a video series about the problems within the religion, particularly where women’s rights are concerned. Watching them would do them the justice I cannot give in words.
Sharmishtha Basu: Can we hope to see Vox celebrating silver jubilee? Will most probably die before gold!
Jonathan Ojanpera: I might be in a home by the time that rolls around… Right now we are focused on grooming our writers and establishing our place in the world of journalism. So far, our growth has been exceptional and I am sure Vox will stand the test of time.
Sharmishtha Basu: Any column for readers to share their works?
Jonathan Ojanpera: Yes! We have a tab on the site called “Voxers”. That is where you will find our readers’ offerings. To be considered, send your essay or article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharmishtha Basu: Is it tough to run such a huge task? It is huge whether you admit it or not!
Jonathan Ojanpera: So far, our division of labor has worked very well. We allow each other to do the work that is most natural for each of us, or where our particular talent lies. It runs quite seamlessly. I try not to focus on the size of our audience; that can be intimidating.