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  • 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)

I'm a journalist.

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