The program is scheduled to premiere on 15 January, 2011 at 5:30pm IST. It will have content sent in by community journalists from all across the country, including under-covered areas, such as slums and villages.
"Speak Out India will a path-breaking news show that will enable and empower viewers by allowing them to become broadcasters", says NewsX co-promoter Jehangir S. Pocha. “'Speak Out India' will solicit and use stories from citizens of all walks of life from across the nation. The idea is to allow people to speak for themselves about their circumstances and problems rather than be spoken for."
Ranjana Jetley, NewsX's Editorial Director, Programming, says: “Although many TV channels have broadcast citizen’s journalism programs, ‘Speak Out India’ is the first instance where the entire content is produced by communities. Hence the communities are not just being heard here, but are produces and therefore, active role-players in the media. We are thrilled to be able to offer a platform for these unique voices to be heard.”
Speak Out India will be a half an hour weekly program and will almost entirely present a bouquet of community-made news stories from all over India. The stories will cover hard-hitting subjects such as conflict and corruption as well as uplifting content like traditional arts and culture. The content will be a first-hand account of the witnesses: the correspondents themselves experience every day the challenges they report on, whether poverty, conflict or corruption.
Through these stories, local people will share with NewsX’s viewers their own views and perspectives about various policies, their implementation, as well as the real status of development in their communities.
The correspondents of Speak Out India initially would come from 24 states of India, cutting across age, sex, language, caste and religion. They were identified by the NGO Video Volunteers through an extensive application process, and have been trained for months by Video Volunteers in digital story- telling, research, thinking articulately, highlighting community perspectives and bringing out solutions devised by the community.
"Video Volunteers have done an exemplary job of training scores of community journalists and NewsX is proud to support their work through Speak Out India", says Gareth Eswin, NewsX's vice president of marketing. "We are happy the show will give the people a platform of their own".
Telecast Timings: Saturday, 15th January at 5:30pm
Repeat: Sunday, 16th January at 9.30 am