Media Innovation at the World Editors Forum 2013

Innovation and paywalls were the buzzwords at the  20th World Editors Forum (WEF) and the 65th World Newspaper Congress, held recently in Bangkok, Thailand. There was hardly any panel which didn't address the ostensible merits of establishing a paywall, or how innovation - proposed and perceived mostly as mobile app development, responsive web design or changes … Continue reading Media Innovation at the World Editors Forum 2013

Relaunch of Vikalpa: Engaging opinion and analysis in Sinhala from Sri Lanka

Vikalpa (www.vikalpa.org) relaunched its website yesterday, with a renewed focus on compelling and original opinion and analysis in Sinhala from Sri Lanka. First launched in 2007, the old website had become unwieldy, inelegant and hard to navigate. The new website introduces a number of new sections, and makes it easier to follow content updates on … Continue reading Relaunch of Vikalpa: Engaging opinion and analysis in Sinhala from Sri Lanka

Is the LTTE really finished and the War over? videos watched over 37,000 times

Is the LTTE really finished and the War over? is a series of short videos in English, Sinhala and Tamil featuring promiment politicians, former LTTE members, academics and civil society activists. The 24 videos in this series have been viewed, just a few days after they were uploaded, well over 37,000 times collectively. Some videos … Continue reading Is the LTTE really finished and the War over? videos watched over 37,000 times

Internet and Web based Citizen Journalism in Sri Lanka

Background paper to a workshop on Citizen Journalism I'm organising in the near future. Full paper with references as a PDF from here. Many less radical institutions - governments, NGOs, think tanks - are struggling to address the same challenge, unable to respond to the rapidly shifting balance of power between the individual and the … Continue reading Internet and Web based Citizen Journalism in Sri Lanka

Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace in Sri Lanka

In light of a Government unable and unwilling to investigate violence against journalists and independent media, satire is one way in which violent events, processes and individuals can be held up for public scrutiny more frequently. In the first submission to the site, Banyan News Reporters publishes a piece on how TV Remote Controllers are … Continue reading Poetry, Prose and Satire: Exploring violence, war, religion and peace in Sri Lanka

Vikalpa Video in the YouTube Reporters Top 100 for coverage of 1983 anti-Tamil riots

Screenshot taken at 9.15am, 30th July 2008 (+5.30GMT) The Vikalpa Video Channel made it to the top 100 most viewed channels on the YouTube Reporters category this week. The interest in and traffic to the site was largely generated by over 30 short videos on July '83 available here. To put this significant achievement in … Continue reading Vikalpa Video in the YouTube Reporters Top 100 for coverage of 1983 anti-Tamil riots

Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times

Inspired by a post on Burning Bridge to do a count of the number of times all the videos on the Vikalpa YouTube channel had been viewed, I was pleased to note that the videos had been collectively viewed over 104,000 times to date. The channel itself has been viewed over 5,000 times.  Writing in October 2007 … Continue reading Mobile phone based citizen journalism videos on YouTube viewed over 104,000 times