Creative use of ICT: Innovation Award

Rijeka City Library’s interactive online magazine inspires young writers and artists in Croatia

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Tablet computer with the magazine's home page.
Young writers and artists can create and upload content and read GKR Magazin using desktop, laptop and tablet computers, and smart phones.

the innovative service

Rijeka City Library draws on the creativity of students and young unemployed people in Rijeka to publish an exciting online magazine that tackles serious issues and challenges shallow and sensationalist local media.

GKR Magazin has led to an explosion of creativity in Rijeka, a city of 128,000 people. Since its launch in June 2013, the magazine has published over 500 articles; built up a team of eight volunteer editors, designers and proofreaders, and has 68 regular contributors – mostly aged under 30 – who provide a steady stream of short stories, news, essays, features, poetry, reviews, photographs and film. Watch out local media – GKR Magazin already has over 2,000 visitors a day.

Creative use of ICT

The library publishes GKR Magazin (Rijeka City Library Magazine) using an interactive Open-source Content Management System (CMS) that enables users to create, publish and view text and images from desktop, laptop and tablet computers, and smartphones.

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The magazine has become a space for connecting young and established authors and supporting creative people.
Katarina Lovrečić, GKR Magazin author and editor