BeyondTbilisi.ge - Important Stories from the Regions
Regional news in Georgia is not easily accessible for non-Georgian speakers, and Georgians themselves often don’t hear or read much about developments outside the capital because Tbilisi-based media does not often cover these stories. Problems in the regions are thus often unknown to stakeholders both inside and outside the country. To address this problem, we created a website called BeyondTbilisi to act as a facilitator between the local media and a wide range of Internet users, thereby extending the reach of regional news. The project is largely run by volunteers.
At BeyondTbilisi, we produce summaries of important and interesting pieces of news in Georgian and English and post them on the website, along with pictures and videos, several times a week. BeyondTbilisi aggregates news from local media outlets and does not produce its own news, and therefore does not claim responsibility for the factual accuracy of the articles that are summarized on the website. Nevertheless, when selecting material, we always try to pay attention to how dispassionately and thoroughly the article is written.
We always highlight the source of the reports and link back to the regional media, thus promoting the work of regional media outlets. Our volunteers select stories on a wide range of topics but most stories that end up on BeyondTbilisi have investigative elements and cover alleged misuse of power, corruption and political accountability or socioeconomic issues. We also extensively use Facebook and Twitter to reach a broader audience with this service.