CNN-IBN launches the Citizen Journalist Show

CNN-IBN launched ‘The Citizen Journalist Show: Be the Change’, the eight-episode series will air on Saturdays at 9.30 pm, with a repeat on Sundays at 5.30 pm. The show is an attempt to celebrate the spirit of civic activism and take user-generated content to a new level.

The series invites citizens of the country to use the show and power of media to fight back, save their cities and raise issues. Viewers are asked to become citizen journalists by either logging onto the CJ micro site,, or sending an SMS to 52622. They can send in text messages, video content or even stills, all of which will be displayed on the show.

An official communiqué stated that CNN-IBN had started a show two years ago whereby it introduced the concept of ‘citizen journalism’. It encouraged people to not simply imbibe news, but become an intrinsic part of the news gathering process. Citizens from across the country had sent in videos, photographs and posted blogs to report on a variety of issues.

“Citizen journalism lies at the heart of CNN-IBN’s raison d’etre of inclusive journalism. It not only engages the viewer in public life and encourages them to be proactive, but also transforms news into an interactive and multilateral process,” said Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN and IBN 7.

‘The Citizen Journalist Show: Be the Change’ series will comprise segments like ‘Fight Back’ – fight against any injustice; ‘Civic Activism’ – raising local civic problems; ‘Anti-Corruption Bureau’ – standing up against bribes; ‘Real Heroes’ – nominate someone who has been doing exemplary work against all odds; ‘Green CJ’ – undertaking an effective green initiative; ‘Viewer’s Feedback’ – voicing opinions on CNN-IBN reports;and ‘Bulletin Board’ – issues and grievances troubling viewers along with photos and videos.

The show is also introducing ‘Be The Change’ concept where volunteers helping their community are being empowered with handicams to document their efforts on video.

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53 Responses to “CNN-IBN launches the Citizen Journalist Show”

  1. vinay kumar and rprassana kumar Says:

    please do look into this ASAP as the parraya ends on the 17th jan 2008

  2. Narendra Says:

    Please let me know, where should I plug my complain of irregularities for the nonrefundable of fees of medical PG admission 2007. I am fed up with follow-up with MMC Madras. I am resident of Bangalore,& I am poor parent & can not fight legal or otherwise. I have sent mail as well the RGD; Letters to VP MMC Madras. Also sent Email to DGHS delhi. The letter copy is printed below. Pl let me know what can I do?, Where I can approach? I expect feedback with last hope from you.

    Dr. Anbumani Ramadossji,
    Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare. Govt. of India. Delhi.

    SUB: WHERE SHOULD WE GO TO GET? REFUND OF FEES –PG medical Admission 21/04/2007- MMC CHENNAI.

    I appreciate the work you have been doing for the country for tobbacco & other human issues.It is commendable. God bless you to continue this nobel work.

    I am Narendra Shastri and I am a retired middle class person. It is a dream of a family like us that to give a best possible education to their children. You would appreciate that in these days how financially difficult to educate PG medical in our country.
    Sir, My son Aniket Narendra Shastri has reallotted & admitted in safdarjung hospital in the year 2007. (Under the order no.U:12021/11/2006-MEC-Govt. of INDIA DGHS MECdated 24/04/2007). At present he is pursuing his PG at Safdarjung Hospital.


    • Under the first round of admission my son has got the seat at MMC Madras. ( by the order of DGHS-MEC dated 02/03/2007). HERE we have paid full fees of Rs 27494=00.
    • Under the Supreme Court order dated 16/03/07, we appeared for the second round of counseling and opted for reallocation at SAFDARJUNG HOSPITAL, where my son is pursuing his MS studies.
    • As per the Supreme Court order & general norms we are expected to receive REFUND OF FEES of Rs 27494=00, immediately, from MMC Madras. BUT sir, it is almost one year now, I have yet to receive bal amount of Rs 21769=00 from MMC, in spite of my several personal visits & reg. letters from Bangalore.
    • I could get Rs 5725=00 on 07-09-07 only after my 3/4 visits & stay of 1/2 days at Madras. Sir you could make out that I must have spent more than the amount I have collected so far. I have yet to receive Rs 21769=00.
    • During the personal visit to MMC Chennai I met The VP MMC Dr GEETHALAKSHMI. MD,Ph D. 2/3 times. She has helped me in paying the Rs5725=00.on 07-09-07, but for the balance amnt. I could not get any assurance.
    • As regards to the balance amount of Rs 21769=00. I did not get any assurance so far in spite of my telecalls & rgd letter & personal visits.

    I humbly request you sir to kindly help me in getting my refund of Rs 21769=00. The necessary documents have been given to MMC in advance.
    Sir Please help us in this matter and please let us know, Who is the authority to whom we can approach? WE ARE IN DARK.
    I feel you as a ray of hope. Please direct the MMC to pay the balance amount immediately.
    Narendra shastri F/O Dr Aniket shastri, 174, 12th B Main Road, First floor,
    VI th block , Rajaji Nagar ,Bangalore-560010.
    Tel.080 23152700//cell 9341210681.

    CHENNAI -600003.
    November 30, 2007 R E M I N D E R

    Respected Madam,

    SUB: BALANCE REFUND OF FEES * (21769=00)
    REF: (1) Reallottment under II round PG-AIG councelling, 2007.
    (2) MMC releaving order no 18894 ME.5/2007 Dtd. 27/04/07.
    (3) My letters dated 2/5/07, Regd. Letter of 14/05/07 &letter dtd 10/07/07.
    (4) My father’s visit dtd 07-09-07, collected part payment.
    Sir, I Dr ANIKET NARENDRA SHASTRI thank you for the part payment of Rs 5725=00 which is collected in person by my father on 07-09-07. I have yet to receive Rs 21769=00. (of the total claim of Rs 27494=00 Receipts enclosed.)
    I hope by now you would have received my balance refund from the Director of Medical Education, if so please send the same OR inform me so I can send my father to collect the same.
    The details are given below about the total claim and balance due for your ready reference;
    cash recpt no date amount.
    15013 13-03-07 22060=00
    18103 13-03-07 05384=00
    00101 13-03-07 00050=00
    TOTAL PAID TOMMC 27494=00

    (1) cheque no 284171 SBI park road br. Dtd 07-09-07 3725=00
    (2) cheque no 079739 SBI treasury br. Dtd 07-09-07 2000=00
    TOTAL RECEIVED 5725=00

    ( I Rs 27474—II Rs 5725 ) * 21769=00
    • Madam you would appreciate that how it is difficult to educate higher studies to our children these days and that too by a retired person like me.
    • To travel from Bangalore to Chennai for the collection of refund which cost me the money & time& energy? At this age it is risky & difficult. You are aware, I have visited 3/4 times for this purpose only, apart from numerous telecalls and letters, as referred above.
    • Madam ,I request you once again to please take my matter on priority and send the same at the earliest or else inform me so I can depute my father for it’s collection.
    Madam, your compliance is highly appreciated.
    Sincerely yours,

    Dr ANIKET N SHASTRI.,174, 12 th B main road, I floor, VI th block Rajaji Nagar Bangalore 560010. 080-23152700/93412 10681

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  6. Vikrant Dogra Says:

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    but your channel is insentitivty to these devoplemnts… but when some dogs bark in kashmir valley u make a breaking news and provide platform for nobodys like Omar farooq and yasim mailks to spit venom agaisnt india ….

    plz do some intospection ur part of this country ….

  7. Aditya Says:

    very sadly i want to say that u are not covering the present situation in jammu and not putting the sentiments of the whole region before the country in a right perspective. jammuties have always been nationalists. administration here is trying to crush the voice of people here by banning media and imposing curfew. it is your duty to put the voice of jammuties before the whole nation, each and every citizen of jammu has been struggling and whole region is burning for last 11 consecutive days. you relay even a useless comment of separatist leaders of kashmir but it is very sad to say that sentiments of lakhs of nationalist jammuties is not being covered. you conduct very productive and intellectual debates on national and international issues, you must conduct a debate in regarding the issue so that whole nation comes to know that what is the issue for which lakhs of jammuties have been fighting. you should cover this issue otherwise there is no use to call yourself as “sachi khabar” & “no.1 news channel” etc., otherwise there is “no need” of transmission of your channel in this region

  8. Gourav Says:

    your duty is to raise the voice of common people…….especially when they are lakhs in number……..please don’t telecast useless stories on your news channel and stop boasting of being “no.1 news channel”……it hurts the sentiments of people in this region……

    if you are fair enough then send special correspondents and cover the whole story……..people are angry against administration but they are more dissapointed and angry with the” casual and irresponsible” attitude of national news channels against situation in jammu……..

  9. vaisagh.m Says:

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  12. Kapil Says:

    I am citizen of India living in East Delhi from last 15 years. After few months, Delhi will host Commonwealth games in 2010. Lots of foreigners will visit our country and we don’t want that they will make a wrong image of poor and unclean India. Our government is also working in the direction to make city neat and clean but not sure how far they have succeed; surly not in East Delhi.

    Lots of complaints have been registered to remove Auto-Rickshaw market from Jheel, near Geeta colony but nothing has been done yet. It’s a residential area but lots of auto repair shops are there. We face lots of troubles such as air & noise pollution, jams due to auto rickshaw parking on roads, eve teasing etc.

    As I mentioned it earlier that we have registered lots of complaints, one judge came for a round a day but the auto rickshaw shop keepers got the information before judge reach there. They all shut down there shops that day and remove all their rickshaws from road too.

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