As a part of the pan-India campaign to encourage larger participation of citizens of India in giving shape to Media, merinews.com hosted a Citizen Journalists' Meet on November 24 at Nehru Center, Worli, Mumbai.
Merinews was conceived two years ago to encourage a decentralized news gathering and distribution system, today leads the online news brigade by empowering people, lending them a voice. It ensures national and international visibility.
This CJ meet was designed to encourage independent and gutsy journalism from responsible Indian citizens who realize the power of the fourth estate in shaping the course of democracy.
With these meetings, Merinews wishes to highlight an emerging trend of the new media metamorphosing into a recognised interactive platform that lends a voice to the weaker and neglected sections of society bereft of the various vested commercial and other interests of the mainstream media which determines what kind of news is disseminated through which channels and how. Participation is open to all media-persons, business representatives, students, volunteers and professionals – virtually everyone with an active interest in offbeat journalism.
Accolades won by Merinews include Webby Awards, which is akin to the Oscars of the Internet.
Anurag Batra –Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, Exchange4media
Dr Taher Y. Kagalwala – Citizen Journalist
Vipul Kant Upadhyay – Founder, merinews.com
Sanjay Nirupam – Former M.P., Spokesperson MPCC
Chairman, Central Board of Workers'
Sudhir Chaudhary - CEO & Editor, Live India Television
Umesh Upadhyay – Senior Journalist
Abhigyan Prakash – NDTV
Dinkar Raikar – Sr. Editor, Lokmat
Sujata Anandan – Hindustan Times