1st Edition

Disrupting Mainstream Journalism in India The Rise of Alternative Journalisms Online

By Kalyani Chadha Copyright 2024
    132 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Disrupting Mainstream Journalism in India offers a comprehensive and empirically-grounded analysis of the production of digital journalism by marginalized groups within Indian society.

    Drawing on in-depth interviews with practitioners as well as samples of news content, the author critically examines the way in which varied forms of digital alternative journalism provide socially, economically and politically disadvantaged groups with new and unprecedented opportunities to express their own perspectives, as well as offering alternatives to the hegemony of mainstream news narratives. These marginalized groups include women, Dalits and Muslims whose voices tend to be erased or misrepresented within the public sphere. By exploring these disruptions, Chadha offers insight into not only into the new media landscape of India but also its implications for journalism and democracy at large.

    Disrupting Mainstream Journalism in India is a valuable empirical resource for students and scholars interested in Indian media, journalism and democracy.

    List of Figures




    Chapter 1.  Introduction


    Chapter 2.  Digital Dalit News Outlets: Facilitating Counterpublic Formation?


    Chapter 3.  Reclaiming Voice? Muslim Produced Online News


    Chapter 4.   Online Citizen Journalism: Re-Imagining Journalism and Facilitating

                         Participation in Rural India


    Chapter 5.  Khabar Lahariya: Women-Produced Digital Journalism in Rural India


    Concluding Note




    Kalyani Chadha is an associate professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Her research focuses on the media and journalism landscape in India, with a recent emphasis on the rise of various forms of digital journalism, both right wing and outlets aimed at marginalized groups. Her work has appeared in numerous prestigious journals, including Digital Journalism and Journalism Studies as well as several edited collections.  She recently co-edited a collection titled Newswork and Precarity published by Routledge. She serves on the editorial boards of Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice and Mass Communication and Society.