May 292012

India's WMA Graduates Prepare for Work in Newsrooms of the Future

I felt so proud the other night when an email landed in my Blackberry saying one of our students had been shortlisted for a competitive internship with one of India’s biggest production houses. Out of 10 interns, five have been offered full-time jobs and will get to work on a range of assignments – from National Geographic documentaries to reality TV series.

India’s media industry is expanding at a rapid pace and nothing gives me more pleasure than helping students from the World Media Academy Delhi find jobs.

May 292012

Grads From India’s "World Media Academy" Land Jobs With Global Media Firms

The World Media Academy Delhi graduated its first class of students on Saturday, May 26, all of them armed with the skills to become professional multimedia journalists in today’s high-tech, competitive news environment.

"This is your chance to make a difference in your profession," Knight International Journalism Fellow Siddhartha Dubey told students during his commencement speech. "It really is all about the love for journalism and reporting.

Knight International Journalism Fellow Siddhartha Dubey discusses his work at the World Media Academy Delhi. A veteran journalism with extensive experience in broadcast, print and digital media, Sid is leading the academy to be sure it continues to meet the evolving needs of today's global media landscape.

May 72012

Mobile Network in Rural India Finds a Powerful New Ally

Shubranshu Choudhary's mobile news network has become known primarily through word-of-mouth. As a Knight International Journalism Fellow he developed CGnet Swara and trains citizen journalists to use the service to report news from their tribal regions. Activists, government officials, mainstream media and others can check for new reports by phone or online.

May 32012

Support ICFJ on World Press Freedom Day

There has never been a more important time for you to back quality journalism worldwide.

Shu Choudhary

ICFJ is training citizens to use cell phones to give voice to local issues.

Apr 302012

Mobile News Network Helps Counteract Violence in Rural India

Not long ago, officials sent to work in India's rural Chhattisgarh region often viewed the assignment as a "punishment post" because of the region's isolation, violence and lack of infrastructure. Slowly, that is changing, says Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary.

Apr 302012

Podcasting (on Cell Phones) for the Masses in India—And Beyond

Citizen journalists in remote regions of India are using cell phones to call in news stories that can be relayed to a whole network of tribal people through CGnet Swara, the mobile news network created by Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary. In an interview with, a technical advisor for CGnet says the network receives more than 200 calls a day.

India Swara Training

A citizen journalist uses his cellphone to interview a woman in Central India as part of a training workshop on mobile news. (Photo by Arjun Venkatraman)