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Our 5th Splice Low-Res was about diversity in media. We spoke with Khabar Lahariya about how they work, and why diversity matters to them. We also wrote about KL’s inspiring work in 2018. Read it here.
We spoke to Khabar Lahariya’s Kavita Devi, editor-in-chief, and Disha Mullick, team lead, about building a newsroom dedicated to diversity.
Devi started KL because she felt alienated from the media and the people who were creating it. Devi is from the Dalit community, and most reporters in mainstream media were from upper caste backgrounds. “[They were] male, upper class, and [had] access to privilege of different kinds — educational, geographic, and other sources of power and influence,” Mullick described.
From 2002 to 2015, KL ran an eight-page print in the Bundeli language covering local issues. They would distribute these prints by hand. Funding was difficult and no mainstream papers wanted to help distribute KL. In 2015, they taught their team how to use smartphones and moved their reporting digital, adding video coverage. Their number of readers have gone from 80,000 (while in print) to five million every month.
Diversity is part reporters, part issues covered
Underserved regions means the potential for many readers, but one must take hard calls between journalism and activism
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