I’m a journalist. And I know how frustrating it gets when most of your stories go unnoticed. I felt it when I worked
as a local reporter in my hometown Belgaum, in India. I thought maybe joining
a national newspaper would help. So I went through professional training and worked with India’s
three national newspapers. During my five-year stint,
I used to travel for my stories. It was in early 2012 I traveled 1,000 miles from Mumbai
to a coastal village in south India. I was there to do a story on environmental risk
of a nuclear power plant. When I spoke to a local activist, he said the story of hundreds of villagers
protesting against a nuclear power plant was reported by local media six months before
national TV channels picked it up. I had similar experiences
when I traveled for other stories. It confirmed my belief
that a local reporter knows a story much before it is picked up
by national media. But like me, they did not
have a platform to share them. According to a 2011 media study, only two percent of India’s
mainstream media coverage is about rural issues. Even though almost 70 percent
of India’s population, 1.3 billion population, live in villages. This is disturbing for a democratic
country like India, where transparency is key to ensure
justice to everyone, especially the poor. I was convinced that there’s a need
to build a platform to bring out this important story
at the national level. So I quit my job with
“Economic Times” in December 2014. For the next six months, I freelanced and also built a database
of 20,000 local reporters across India. During that time, I saw editors who were looking
for more and more contributors as news organizations cut down cost by getting rid of hundreds
of full-time reporters. I saw an opportunity
to highlight these important stories if I can train these local reporters and connect them
with the mainstream media. And that is exactly what we are doing. Our tech platform, for the first time,
discovers a local reporter, grooms them, and helps them write for national
and international publications. A team of experienced editors
works closely with these local reporters on each and every story filed by them. This process not only helps the local
reporters learn reporting skills but also gives credibility
to their stories. In June 2017, one of our local reporters,
Saurabh Sharma, won an international award
from the European Commission for his story on the hardships
faced by young girls living on the street. We’re also trying to correct market
for these local reporters, by paying them three times more
than the existing rates. Better pay and recognition
is giving them confidence to dig deeper and expose corruption
in the system and society. We recently reported a story
from Northeast India where children have to cross a river
in a huge cooking pot, risking their life every day, because there’s no bridge,
there’s no boat. The story was picked up
by mainstream media and it caught the attention
of a local elected representative who promised to build a bridge. In the last three years of our operations, we have reported
more than 2,500 such stories. To publish them
for a wider reach and impact, we have partnered
with 16 leading media houses, who are happy to take them, as it brings their cost down,
by not editing or managing reporters. Today, we have more
than 1,200 reporters in our network, covering stories
like the nuclear power plant, from places that are either ignored
by mainstream media or never covered. In the next five years, we plan to have one reporter in each
of the 5,500 subdistricts in India, covering the entire nation, to ensure that none
of these important stories go unnoticed. Next time you see
a story from the countryside, please do not ignore it. Do read and share them,
they might be breaking stories. This way, we can ensure none of the important
stories go unnoticed. Thank you. (Applause)

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38 thoughts on “How we’re helping local reporters turn important stories into national news | Gangadhar Patil”

  1. This is LEFTIST channel highly invested in manipulating your mind to mostly immoral TENDANCIES.

    ALL COMMENTS WELCOME.

  2. Want to make national news? Report why you mf’ers follow me around the store when I’m trying to by Cheetos and a juice #thankyoucomeagain

  3. Telling emotional stories is the key to connect with your audience. Here is my short story, early this year , right after a big depression in my life , where I was thinking about killing myself, I decided to meditate, after meditating daily for 3 weeks , I got so motivated to do something new. OPEN a YouTube channel and motivate others with What I had learned from a book I bought when I was depressed. I invite you to visit my channel now. Is in Spanish but English subtitles. Change your story change your life. !!!!

  4. Schtiff is also a"fake Jew". when will you idiots allow YOURSELVES to see REALITY???????💯🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  5. Brilliant idea. This idea would go places if you ensure these 1200 or more reporters are completely unbiased with strong determination. I have personally seen so many local reporters taking money to write propaganda news.

  6. Yeah right! Wait until Trump argues and shouts at the successful reporters. That will be the most national news ever!

  7. Let me get this strait, a guy on TED is telling us about err…. what's the word "journalism". HA! Good one. TED could not find story outside it's own ideological bubble even if it tried. Call me when there are some actual ideas worth spreading even if they are politically incorrect. A TED Fellow is going to teach us how big media companies are bad and he is the light. Behold. HA! Good one. Sorry fellow, I'm running out of cynicism. And you have your TED brand to thank for that.

  8. Cool. Please start by teaching global mass media extremely simple math. 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. 1% of 1.8 billion = 18 million. If 1% of Muslims were "out to get us" we would have had 18 million attacks on civilians instead of less than 100 in the past 20 years. There. I just disproved ALL global media for the past 20 years. A 12 year old could do it but apparently ALL global media houses can't do 3rd grade math.

  9. Cool. Please start by teaching global mass media extremely simple math. 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. 1% of 1.8 billion = 18 million. If 1% of Muslims were "out to get us" we would have had 18 million attacks on civilians instead of less than 100 in the past 20 years. There. I just disproved ALL global media for the past 20 years. A 12 year old could do it but apparently ALL global media houses can't do 3rd grade math.
    Kind regards, an atheist with at least half a brain (that's all you need to see through fake news)
    PS. I will repeatedly write this comment as a main post and as an answer to MANY other comments because apparently fighting fake news with 100% indisputable facts is against Sabbatean Frankist policies and 99% of these comments on ANY youtube video will be deleted in a matter of seconds/minutes. Absolutely disgusting.

  10. Cool. Please start by teaching global mass media extremely simple math. 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. 1% of 1.8 billion = 18 million. If 1% of Muslims were "out to get us" we would have had 18 million attacks on civilians instead of less than 100 in the past 20 years. There. I just disproved ALL global media for the past 20 years. A 12 year old could do it but apparently ALL global media houses can't do 3rd grade math.

    Kind regards, an atheist with at least half a brain (that's all you need to see through fake news)

    PS. I will repeatedly write this comment as a main post and as an answer to MANY other comments because apparently fighting fake news with 100% indisputable facts is against Sabbatean Frankist policies and 99% of these comments on ANY youtube video will be deleted in a matter of seconds/minutes. Absolutely disgusting.

  11. Amazing Initiative! I hope it will bring the much-needed revolution in the Media and News Network initiatives. 👍🚀

  12. Notice only the far left 'journalists' are being helped. Right wing journalists are continued to be censored and de-platformed.

  13. Wow are they reporting actual stories instead of just making up things and Reporting propaganda because that'd be great

  14. TED: How we modernize news network to make high quality news accessible for everyone
    TEDx: How I found out that my cat is transgender

    Yep… Ideas worth sharing..

  15. How about teaching ALL journalist to be unbiased and stop the leftists propoganda BS!?! Start giving us real news from a neutral view point! THAT would be far better than this

  16. I truly think Stories is a very powerful tool to create an impact in the world. I'm not a journalist nor a writer but i aspire to be a great story teller.

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