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To create a healthy news ecosystem for the digital age, eleven digital news organizations joined forces on Tuesday to create the DIGIPUB News India Foundation.
“The DIGIPUB News India Foundation was established to represent, expand and develop best practices to build a robust digital news ecology that is truly world-class, independent, and upholds the highest standards of journalism,” said a press release in which the start of the association was announced.
A central goal of the foundation is to “underline the fact that the activities and interests of older media may not always coincide with those of digital media – especially with regard to regulation, business models, technology and structures”.
DIGIPUB’s founding members are Alt News, Article 14, Boomlive, Cobrapost, HW News, Newsclick, Newslaundry, Scroll, News Minute, Quint, and Wire.
Membership is limited to digital news agencies and journalists currently operating in India.
However, DIGIPUB is unique for such associations and is open to independent and freelance journalists working in digital media. The press release stated: “The Foundation does not believe that only organizations should represent or express the needs of the digital news ecosystem. It is imperative to recognize the contribution of independent journalists to the formation of the bulwark of this ecosystem. “
News Minute’s Dhanya Rajendran is the association’s first chairman. Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha is vice chairman; and Ritu Kapur of Quint and Abhinandan Sekhri of Newslaundry are general secretaries.
“As digital news media organizations become more important in our lives in delivering credible information and maintaining democracy, these concerted efforts by digital-first news agencies will help us keep the ecosystem healthy,” said Rajendran. “This will help us come together to solve the massive challenges the industry is facing today.”
When asked about the need for this foundation, Kapur said, “Independent digital-only publishers were at the forefront of strong, fearless journalism and were often threatened. It was important to have a body that would have their voice and protect the interests and needs of independent newsrooms and journalists. The Quint is proud to be a founding member of the DIGIPUB News India Foundation. “
In India, television news channels and newspapers have self-regulatory agencies, the News Broadcasting Association and the Press Council of India. However, there was no such body that exclusively represents digital media organizations, and DIGIPUB is trying to fill this vacuum.