Kloop

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Kloop
Kloop logo
Web address kloop.kg
Commercial? No
Type of site Blog Social Network
Owner Kloop Media Foundation
Created by Bektour Iskender, Rinat Tuhvatshin

Kloop is a news website and a virtual community, which consists of news and blogs sections. Kloop is owned by Kloop Media Foundation based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The news section of the website is prepared only by young journalists, mostly high school and university students.[1]

Kloop and all its blogs are run on the WordPress open source software. At the moment Kloop is available in Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek languages.[2]

The idea of Kloop was developed by Bektour Iskender and Rinat Tuhvatshin in late 2005. In early 2007 the project was funded Dutch-based Hivos Foundation. The website was started in June 2007.

Features[edit]

The news section of Kloop is mostly focused on the events that happen in the Kyrgyz Republic. Two main sections of the website are the news and blogs. All articles at Kloop are written by young journalists aged 15 to 25, according to the educational program of the Kloop Media Foundation. Kloop had the youngest journalist in Kyrgyzstan ever accredited in the local Parliament: 15-years old Timur Toktonaliyev.[3]

Young reporters of Kloop got recognition for covering the political crisis in Kyrgyzstan throughout 2010. One of the most significant series of news reports was the coverage of the Kyrgyzstani uprising in April 2010 that led to the ousting of the president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.[4]

According to the comments on Kloop, the news section of the website was one of the few sources of information about what was going on in Kyrgyzstan on April 6, 2010, the first day of uprising.[5]

In January 2012 Kloop started a crowdsourcing project of publishing data on the cars used officially by Kyrgyz parliament members.[6] On the project page, car prices were compared to salaries of parliament members, which displayed that it would have taken several years for some of them to collect for a car they had owned.[7] The publication attracted the attention of politicians themselves, most of whom said they had earned for cars being businessmen before the parliament membership.[8]

The blogs platform has been working since the very beginning of the website existence. The idea of Kloop is to bring all the features for free, which means there are no paid skins, and no paid plugins.[1] Kloop has got its own blogs rating system. Currently there are more than 3000 blogs on Kloop, which makes it one of the three biggest blogging platforms in Kyrgyzstan, sharing the top spot with blogs at Diesel.Elcat.kg and Namba.[9]

Kloop is reported to be one of the most popular websites for bloggers in Kyrgyzstan.[10]

Education[edit]

Kloop staff held regular free journalism workshops for the youth of Bishkek from 2007 to 2009.

In November 2009 Kloop Media Foundation transformed journalism workshops into New Media School, later rebranded into Kloop Online Journalism School, which currently holds four journalism courses a year, each lasting for approximately three months.[11]

Awards[edit]

Kloop took the second place in the Pokolenie.kz Youth Websites Competition in September 2007, where it competed with websites from Kazakhstan, South Russia and Uzbekistan.[12] In January 2008 Timur Rayimkulov – a Kloop-based blogger – was announced the "Best Central Asian Blogger" in a contest held by neweurasia, while anonymous blogger Real Uzbekistan took the third place.[13]

In 2009 Kloop won the "New Media" nomination of "Stremlenie" award organized by Internews Network in Kyrgyzstan.[14]

Criticism[edit]

Though based in Kyrgyzstan, Kloop had not had a Kyrgyz language version for the first four years of existence. It was established in April 2011.

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