What makes Khabar Lahariya unique is not just our journalists – women from Dalit, tribal, Muslim and backward castes – but also our groundbreaking rural journalism.
This is what Rural Journalism Looks Like
Khabar Lahariya is known for its ‘real’ journalism from rural India. It is a testament to the fact that in a democracy, a powerful and independent fourth estate is essential as any other service, in every single village or town. Our rural journalism follows the everyday stories of everyday people in areas that are completely out of the spotlight of media attention. We have been called a powerful local watchdog, an instrument for enforcing robust grassroots governance and accountability.
We expose the acts of omission and commission by the local bureaucracy/political class. Our news – in video, text and audio formats – brings to light the growing distance between the promises made by the government in terms of rural development and empowerment, and the actual delivery on the ground. We also document an India in the 21st Century that you don’t otherwise see. It’s smart, changing, churning, speaking out: you don’t want to miss it.
Our rural journalism is feminist. We report on issues of violence against women with an astute understanding of gender and caste structures within which this violence is situated. News reports in Khabar Lahariya question structures of power and inequity in the personal sphere of the family, as well as in the public realm.
We are now the country’s only women-run brand of ethical and independent rural news. Khabar Lahariya reaches five million people a month through multiple digital platforms. We have a network of 30 women reporters and stringers in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.