Newsclick has appointed Senior Journalist Urmilesh as Reader's Editor to address reader concerns and complaints with regard to our content and enable us to respond or correct ourselves in a timely manner. This, we hope, will help us strive better in giving a voice to the struggles of the poor and vulnerable sections in India and the world, who are largely being ignored by Big Media.
Can the media address the issues that matter head-on?
Can the media give voice to farmers, to the working class – all the people who are rarely heard?
At Newsclick.in, we believe a media organization that gives utmost importance to real news and issues is possible. The one that is independent of corporate media.
At present, most of the digital media across the globe is focussed on maximising advertising revenues. This means that greater attention is on generating TRPs, pleasing advertisers and not news. As a result, balanced news coverage suffers. The urban poor and industrial workers are largely missing from the coverage. Issues such as rural poverty and land struggles are glossed over.
Most of the Big Media is owned by Big Corporate Houses. The budget of these TV channels and newspapers for newsgathering is barely 5-10% of the total budget. International news coverage is almost entirely courtesy western news agencies or feeds from international news networks. Naturally, the Indian media replicates the biases of the western media, whether on stories from West Asia or stories on international terrorism. And as for Africa and Latin America, they are almost invisible in Indian news media.
However, due to the Internet, an alternative is possible. The Internet today, with increased broadband penetration has made it possible to reach a huge section of the society through written and visual material. And this can be done at much lower costs than what conventional TV channels or newspapers need. The Internet has also shown us the power of networks: something that a single group would find difficult to achieve can be achieved if we network activists and groups. A website becomes a hub, with other organizations either linking to or posting their material on what is viewed as open, collaborative space. It is with this vision with which Newsclick.in was set up.
Based on the voluntary efforts, contributions of readers and well-wishers, Newsclick.in covers and analyses key issues in today's world from points of view virtually missing from the coverage of the dominant corporate media. Independent media organisations like us cannot survive without your support. We therefore appeal to our readers to help us remain independent and bring the news that truly matters from across the world to you. Therefore become our supporters.