WHEN GOVERNMENTS AND EUROCRATS CANNOT HELP, VG.NO IS HERE TO THE RESCUE

Files under General | Apr 19th

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Kristine Lowe reports:

While governments are facing mounting criticism not for being slow to act, and help its many citizens stranded in other parts of the world in the wake of the crisis, Norway’s biggest news site must have saved many a stranded traveller – it certainly saved me.

Or at least it helped me get the media trainer I had brought over from Scotland for The Norwegian Online News Association (NONA) back to the UK despite all planes being grounded.

It’s as simple as it is effective: at an early stage of the crisis, Schibsted-owned VG.no launched a two-column site called Hitchhiker’s Central where everyone who can offer transport and everyone who needs transport to various parts of the world can submit ad-like messages.

The message is clear: WE can. They (Governments, bureaucrats, politicians and mandarins) cannot.

What a lesson!


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