A blog that highlights the work of citizen journalists all over the world recently turned its attention to CGNet Swara in India, describing the mobile news network founded by Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary as "the media for India's tribal people," and the "kind of project which really cares and helps those in need."
NewsMeBack blog detailed the project and included an animated video that uses stick characters to re-enact the mobile network and the impact it has had on rural co
When Shubhranshu Choudhary began working as a Knight International Journalism Fellow in India in 2009, he realized that even the most remote villages of the Chhattisgarh region where he was based had access to cell phones. Those phones offered an opportunity for him to build a cellular news network that allows the villagers to communicate with each other as well as with activists, government officials and mainstream media.
ICFJ's Ben Colmery (standing, left) discusses Python and other data technology tools with Jeremy Bowers, senior developer at The Washington Post, and instructor Jackie Kazil. (Photo by Maite Fernandez)
Knight International Journalism Fellow Justin Arenstein is spreading the word about the African News Innovation Challenge at the heart of his fellowship. At a recent gathering of journalists and technical experts in Tanzania sponsored by The Information Society and ICT Sector Development Project, he talked about the competition and the importance of digital media developments in Africa.
Arjun Venkatraman was a technical expert who helped Knight International Journalism Fellow Shubhranshu Choudhary develop an advanced version of his CGNet Swara cell phone service in India. Recently, Venkatraman journeyed to Indonesia to work with Knight International Journalism Fellow Harry Surjadi on a similar project there.