Citizen Journalism In India

CNN-IBN & IDEA Cellular have joined hands to start a Citizen Journalism initiative. CNN-IBN is emerging to be one of India’s popular English news channels. Quoting from the article:

People can now report news items of importance from various parts of the country by sending in an SMS, MMS (CJ to 2622) or simply calling in a story, which will be verified by the editorial team at the editorial team at CNN IBN and aired in the form of Breaking News.
Citizen Journalists may also post their stories by mail on http://www.ibnlive.com
Editor-n-Chief, CNN-IBN, Rajdeep Sardesai said on the association with IDEA, “Citizen Journalism is an idea whose time has come. It’s CNN-IBN’s way of engaging the viewer, of making him an active participant in the process of news-gathering, of making television news truly interactive. The big idea is to build a citizenary that is engaged with public life. On behalf of CNN-IBN, I would like to thank IDEA for supporting this idea.”
CEO, Idea Cellular Ltd, Vikram Mehmi echoes this sentiment

Indian Television networks have been trying various ways of increasing user interactivity. SMS integration with popular shows and SMS contests are pretty hot. A recent Lehman Brother’s report estimates the Indian Mobile Data Market to grow to $10 billion by 2010. More on that here.

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8 thoughts on “Citizen Journalism In India

  1. If it had been possible for citizen journalists to take leverage from the names like CNN-IBN, then life would have been much easier. Do you really think if a citizen journalist wants to write about something that goes against CNN-IBN’s policy then they will publish it? And also in these channels they mainly are an extension of their television channel and thereby guide the content. I feel in case if citizen journalism is really thriving in India then it is for websites like Merinews.com where any body and everybody can write about topics close to their heart. Fopr example, Sudipta Sengupta, a citizen journalist who is very regular in Merinews has recently posted an article on caste in Indian cricket. I doubt CNN-IBN would have allowed something like this to be posted on site. Chk it here: http://www.merinews.com/newsPortal/JSP/catFull.jsp?articleID=238&catID=5&category=Sports

  2. If it had been possible for citizen journalists to take leverage from the names like CNN-IBN, then life would have been much easier. Do you really think if a citizen journalist wants to write about something that goes against CNN-IBN’s policy then they will publish it? And also in these channels they mainly are an extension of their television channel and thereby guide the content. I feel in case if citizen journalism is really thriving in India then it is for websites like Merinews.com where any body and everybody can write about topics close to their heart. Fopr example, Sudipta Sengupta, a citizen journalist who is very regular in Merinews has recently posted an article on caste in Indian cricket. I doubt CNN-IBN would have allowed something like this to be posted on site. Chk it here: http://www.merinews.com/newsPortal/JSP/catFull.jsp?articleID=238&catID=5&category=Sports

  3. For a media organization citizen journalism could be a good idea for many reasons including the variety and in turn commercial value it creates, the money it saves, the uncovered areas it brings under the organization’s news basket, and to encourage viewers to associate more closely with the organization. How authentic and dependable such contributions would be is difficult to say as there is no system of cross-checking of facts involved. I would say, it is bound to create hype as something innovative but utility of such content as something to be taken seriously would always be doubted.Read more: here-Balendu Sharma Dadhich

  4. hi all CNN-IBN is not the first Citizen journalism initiative in India. the first one in the news portal category has been http://www.merinews.comAnyone can post an article here and the special coverages are based on the content that is sent by the contributors or citizen journalists. the content is driven by the viewers. it is not very popular because it is not backed by a commercial media house. .. take a look at the site. http://www.merinews.com

  5. Citizen Journalism is not a new concept. BBC has implemented it long back during the gulf war. Nokia N-series mobile phones in the west was designed keeping the citizen journalists in mind.However it is a fact that with the advancement of new improved technologies the face of citizen journalism became known to many. Internet and mobile devices played a great role in promoting the concept. Ohmynews, Backfence etc are landmark citizen journalism websites. In India citizen journalism was first started by merinews and very successfully they have established their credibility. The fact that CNN-IBN is becoming famous for the name citizen journalism is only because of their money power. There ability to invest crazily in advertisement is giving the general public a feeling that they are the pioneers of citizen journalism. However it is totally an untrue picture for the following reasons:1. A traditional media house which is driven by profit making motive cannot voice neutral news which is the soul of citizen journalism.2. Citizen journalism is about voicing true unbiased opinion and not only about sending whatever pictures you click from your trendy mobile phones.I will strongly recommend merinews than CNN-IBN.

  6. Young Indian research Journalists starts Citizen Journalism In IndiaA community news portal http://www.citizenxpress.com has been laucnhed in india by groyp of young indian research Journalists in december 2006.The community new portal http://www.citizenxpress.com is research work of ABC Media Research and Development Center, the research wing of ABC News Network Private limited .This portal is fully dedicated to the cause of citizen involved journalism popularly called CITIZEN JOURNALISM. All news and information have their sources in citizens. They create news and information or witness the news but they have no relevance in news gathering, processing and publishing system of contempory media. The citizen journalism is the voices of all those citizens who are creating or witnessing news and information around them, the citizenxpress is an open platform for all those citizens. Now a day’s fascinating proverb is being engineered i.e. for all (4 all).like education for all, health for all, justice for all etc but participation by all is no where in their agenda. This gives impressions that all who want to do some thing for all still not willing to relinquish their position of givers. Which always reflect in their actions vice versa. So there is urgent need of a platform, where all will act as givers as well as takers. Flow of knowledge can be from either sides depending on the need and requirements of situation.

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