Dec 12010

Technology for Transparency Network Features Knight International Journalism Fellow's Mobile News Service

A website promoting international technology projects that increase government transparency, the Technology for Transparency Network, highlights Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary's project, CGNet Swara - a mobile news network that enables tribes in Chattisgarh, India, to report on local issues. The website features an audio interview and its transcript with Choudhary discussing his goals for the project.

Dec 12010

CUNY Professor Interviews Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary

Professor Sandeep Junnarkar of the City University of New York speaks with Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary about his fellowship project, CGNet Swara, an alternative news network enabling tribal Indians to report local issues using mobile technology.

Oct 282010

Knight International Fellow Wins Another Tech Award For "Voice of Chhattisgarh" Project

A project developed by Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary has won a technology award in India that recognizes unique initiatives to improve information sharing and citizen services through social media and Web 2.0 developments.

The 2010 India eGov 2.0 Award for Social Media Useage was presented Oct. 28 to Choudhary for his CGNet Swara , or “Voice of Chhattisgarh” project. “Voice of Chhatisgarh” enables trained citizen journalists in the remote Chhattisgarh region of India to produce news reports that local villagers listen to on their cell phones.

India: Use Mobile Technology to Bring News to Isolated Tribal Communities

Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary’s mobile news service CGnet Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh) transformed how people in remote areas of India receive and share news.

The system, developed with the help of Microsoft Research India, allows people to use mobile phones to send and listen to audio reports in their local language. This service circumvents India’s ban on private radio news and reaches people who never before had access to local news.

Sep 252010

Tehelka Magazine Profiles Knight International Journalism Fellow's Alternative News Platform

Indian weekly Tehelka features Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary's mobile news service, CGNet Swara, which offers a platform for tribal Indians to report on local issues. The article explains the project's mission and its successes - a liquor store near a school was closed because of citizens' reports after the government was trying to relocate the school instead.

Online Course on Digital Tools for Community Radio Journalists

As part of the Escucha! Taking Community Radio Digital in the Americas program, ICFJ offered two online courses in Spanish to train community radio journalists from Latin America and from Hispanic media in the US.

Aug 172010

Citizen Journalists in Tribal India Use Cell Phones to Send and Receive News

In a remote region of central India, a citizen journalist reached for a cell phone recently, and with the push of a few buttons filed a report to a mobile phone news service developed by Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary. The story was about school workers going unpaid for more than a year, and included contact information for the education secretary.

Once it was confirmed and approved by professionals, the story was made available publicly. Subscribers to the news service got a prompt on their own cell phones that a new story had been posted.

Jul 62010

Enabling India's Most Isolated Regions to Produce and Deliver News

As a Knight International Journalism fellow, I am working on a project that uses mobile technology to enable citizens in India’s most isolated regions to produce and deliver news.

I am sending along a video from a Citizen Journalism Training Workshop we organized in February 2010 in Kunkuri Chhattisgarh. We trained 33 tribal citizens on basics of journalism and on how to report using mobile phones.

In Chhattisgarh there are no tribal journalists or journalists who understand the tribal languages in the state.

Jun 12010

Hardnews Features Knight International Journalism Fellow's Mobile News Platform

Indian magazine Hardnews features Knight Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary's fellowship project, CGNet Swara, a mobile news network that lends a voice to tribals in rural India. The piece highlights an event where the network received a tip alleging police murdered two Maoist in cold blood, a report contradictory to the police's report that the rebels were armed with a pistol and bombs.

Mar 302010

India’s Tribal Citizens Use New Cell Phone Network to Produce Local News

Dozens of citizen journalists in India’s chronically neglected tribal communities are producing and sharing audio news reports for the first time through an innovative cell phone system launched by a Knight International Journalism Fellow.

Members of India’s 80-million-strong Adivasi tribal community now have easy access through their mobile phones to reports on important issues such as housing evictions, police abuse and rural education.