New Media, New Challenges: Best Practices In the Digital Age

Journalists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka were invited to apply to a training program aiming to connect journalists in the region on joint reporting projects that explored cross-border issues of importance, while also training them in responsible practices in the digital age. The program, ran by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and sponsored by the U.S. State Department, had two main components.

Bill Keller, former executive editor of The New York Times, tells students at ICFJ's World Media Academy in India that website stories can no longer be an afterthought of news coverage. He also says journalism is "alive and well and feisty."

Nov 102011

Bill Keller of NYT Advises WMA Students on Future of Media

Bill Keller, a veteran journalist and the former executive editor of The New York Times, visited WMA in Delhi to share with students his thoughts and advice on adapting to the changing landscape of today's newsrooms.

He also talked about his role in securing the release of four NYT journalists kidnapped in Libya. One key question he addressed: what if journalism "dies," and there are no jobs in this field?

Oct 172011

Tribals From Different Regions of India Find They Speak The Same Language – And Now Share Information By Cell Phone

It was a pleasure to hear so many Adivasi languages being spoken in one place: during a recent Democratization of Media workshop held in Koraput and organized jointly by CGnet Swara and Action Aid. Communication makes a community. That’s really what these 37 participants learned in the workshop. They also learned how to communicate more effectively in their own native languages using new tools like mobile phones.

India: Shu instructs a trainee

Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary works with a trainee.

India: farmers speaking into cell phones

Participants learn they can file reports in their own native languages.

India-trainee interviews men in field

Trainees learn to gather information about health, weather and other important events, to share with other tribals who may be impacted.

India: CU of cell phones

More than three dozen tribal participants learned to file news stories on cell phones in their own native language.

Oct 132011

India's Tribal Citizens Track Abuses on Mobile News Network

A news story in India's highlights CGnet Swara as a development project that is producing change for tribal people vulnerable to Maoist influence. Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary developed the cellular service as part of his Knight International Journalism Fellowship.

Oct 42011

India's World Media Academy Students Master the Skills of Journalism Past, Present and Future

When I work with my class of 18 aspiring journalists at World Media Academy, Delhi, I am reminded that students are the heart of a school.