Soma Basu is creating an independent, non-profit website for investigative stories
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Reporter At-Large is a non-profit independent media platform that aims to break the hegemony of mainstream media establishments that are politically polarised in India. It gives space to journalists to publish investigative articles that were spiked in newsrooms because of internal and external politics.

We are a group of disgruntled reporters. We want to write about things that are not driven by the market or businesses. We want to write stories that brings transformation and impact people’s lives and not just big corporates and politicians.

We want to experiment with modern tools and explore how storytelling can be improved. We want to reclaim journalism from the hands of corporate- controlled media. We are and will always be free, fair and fearless.

Reporter At Large has a 3-step strategy:

Investigative journalism

The platform will address the problem of widespread political propaganda that is being furthered by most of the mainstream media platforms in India. It will bridge the divide between regional and English journalism in India. It will break the silence that is so vehemently imposed by regimes that constantly incarcerate journalists for telling the truth.

If a journalist wishes to submit anonymously, contact the founder. The credentials of the journalist will be checked and verified before publishing your story. Once the story is published, the team will protect the journalist’s identity.

Reporters writing in regional language are most welcome. Our translation team will translate the story into English and social media team will ensure a wider reach.

We also invite story ideas from people who think an issue relevant to the public good is not being reported. However, every story idea must be submitted with documental, photographic, audio or video evidence. Our team of reporters will vet the idea and write.

Training

Between 2015-2017, 1500 print journalists were sacked because the management wanted to invest more in the digital expansion. We will provide training to these print journalists so they do not lose out in the race. In the name of multimedia journalism, Indian newsrooms are only aggregating stories and putting them on their websites. We also aim to bring innovation into the digital landscape with low-cost technology to make multimedia easier for grassroots reporters.
The team will also train reporters from rural and tribal areas to write better and to conduct better investigations. We will translate the stories into English and give it space on our platform so it reaches a wider audience including policymakers and pressure groups. This is to diversify the media discourse that is very elitist at the moment.

Intervention

Non-profit Turiya Foundation, under which Reporter At Large is registered, will start issue based campaigns, public interest litigations and academic studies to bring policy intervention and real change on the ground.

Why we need help:


Financial independence is imperative for free press and media independent from any form of influence.

We believe change begins with us. We need travel travel funds to widen our reach and write more. Several writers, editors, artists, programmers and lawyers are collaborating and helping us without any financial remuneration. We are spending our personal savings to set up our website and travel to remote places to write about stories nobody wants you to know. But this is not enough. We need your help to widen our reach. Please contribute. Your name will be mentioned as supporters of Reporter At Large on the website.

Awards that our reporters have won:


Reporter At-Large was long-listed in the Special Award category for One World Media Awards 2018.

Won the Kurt Schork Memorial Award 2017 for: How Nepali Women Are Forced To ‘Sell’ Their Skin To Make Rich Indians Beautiful

The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change in 2014 for: Ready for only tourists, Insensitive to sensitive zone and Heaven’s rage. The award was given away by UN general secretary Ban Ki-Moon in New York.

Best-published articles on “Reporting on the fate of victims of armed violence – humanitarian stories” by the Press Institute of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2012 for: Alienation, A village where everyone is a Maoist, Politics of fear, suppression took away hope from them and Brutal inheritance.

CMS- Panos Young Environment Journalist Award, 2011 for: Farmers starve as polls knock on the door, A hungry land looks homewards, A shelter too far for cyclone & flood relief, In Sunderbans, postmasters are gods, Changing landscapes, changing lives, Old folk and the sea… at their doorstep, Aila victims still in search of a livelihood, Clinging on to the last bit of hope,
Home away from home, No man’s land, Rice fields then, salt banks now.

Shortlisted for Kurt Schork Memorial Award 2015 for Missing evidence and other stories on Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

More about RAL:
http://reporteratlarge.org/about/
http://reporteratlarge.org/who-we-are/
https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/new-reporter-net...
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When I have 20 patrons, I will train 5 rural grass root reporters in mobile journalism and publish 2 investigative stories instead if 1. 
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Reporter At-Large is a non-profit independent media platform that aims to break the hegemony of mainstream media establishments that are politically polarised in India. It gives space to journalists to publish investigative articles that were spiked in newsrooms because of internal and external politics.

We are a group of disgruntled reporters. We want to write about things that are not driven by the market or businesses. We want to write stories that brings transformation and impact people’s lives and not just big corporates and politicians.

We want to experiment with modern tools and explore how storytelling can be improved. We want to reclaim journalism from the hands of corporate- controlled media. We are and will always be free, fair and fearless.

Reporter At Large has a 3-step strategy:

Investigative journalism

The platform will address the problem of widespread political propaganda that is being furthered by most of the mainstream media platforms in India. It will bridge the divide between regional and English journalism in India. It will break the silence that is so vehemently imposed by regimes that constantly incarcerate journalists for telling the truth.

If a journalist wishes to submit anonymously, contact the founder. The credentials of the journalist will be checked and verified before publishing your story. Once the story is published, the team will protect the journalist’s identity.

Reporters writing in regional language are most welcome. Our translation team will translate the story into English and social media team will ensure a wider reach.

We also invite story ideas from people who think an issue relevant to the public good is not being reported. However, every story idea must be submitted with documental, photographic, audio or video evidence. Our team of reporters will vet the idea and write.

Training

Between 2015-2017, 1500 print journalists were sacked because the management wanted to invest more in the digital expansion. We will provide training to these print journalists so they do not lose out in the race. In the name of multimedia journalism, Indian newsrooms are only aggregating stories and putting them on their websites. We also aim to bring innovation into the digital landscape with low-cost technology to make multimedia easier for grassroots reporters.
The team will also train reporters from rural and tribal areas to write better and to conduct better investigations. We will translate the stories into English and give it space on our platform so it reaches a wider audience including policymakers and pressure groups. This is to diversify the media discourse that is very elitist at the moment.

Intervention

Non-profit Turiya Foundation, under which Reporter At Large is registered, will start issue based campaigns, public interest litigations and academic studies to bring policy intervention and real change on the ground.

Why we need help:


Financial independence is imperative for free press and media independent from any form of influence.

We believe change begins with us. We need travel travel funds to widen our reach and write more. Several writers, editors, artists, programmers and lawyers are collaborating and helping us without any financial remuneration. We are spending our personal savings to set up our website and travel to remote places to write about stories nobody wants you to know. But this is not enough. We need your help to widen our reach. Please contribute. Your name will be mentioned as supporters of Reporter At Large on the website.

Awards that our reporters have won:


Reporter At-Large was long-listed in the Special Award category for One World Media Awards 2018.

Won the Kurt Schork Memorial Award 2017 for: How Nepali Women Are Forced To ‘Sell’ Their Skin To Make Rich Indians Beautiful

The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change in 2014 for: Ready for only tourists, Insensitive to sensitive zone and Heaven’s rage. The award was given away by UN general secretary Ban Ki-Moon in New York.

Best-published articles on “Reporting on the fate of victims of armed violence – humanitarian stories” by the Press Institute of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2012 for: Alienation, A village where everyone is a Maoist, Politics of fear, suppression took away hope from them and Brutal inheritance.

CMS- Panos Young Environment Journalist Award, 2011 for: Farmers starve as polls knock on the door, A hungry land looks homewards, A shelter too far for cyclone & flood relief, In Sunderbans, postmasters are gods, Changing landscapes, changing lives, Old folk and the sea… at their doorstep, Aila victims still in search of a livelihood, Clinging on to the last bit of hope,
Home away from home, No man’s land, Rice fields then, salt banks now.

Shortlisted for Kurt Schork Memorial Award 2015 for Missing evidence and other stories on Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

More about RAL:
http://reporteratlarge.org/about/
http://reporteratlarge.org/who-we-are/
https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/new-reporter-net...

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