CommunityVoices.in is being beta tested. All forms of critique and feedback are welcome.
At this time you can add a community media organization to our database, but the website itself is not ready for public viewing, yet...

About this site

CommunityVoices.in is an experimental project to find, collate and share information about community media in India. The first phase is attempting to create a directory of community media in India.

What is 'Community media'?

A working definition for now (help improve it, if you can): Any form of media that is created and controlled by a community, either a geographic community or a community of identity will be featured on the site while commercial media, state run media, or public broadcastars will not find a place here.

However, things are rarely, if ever, so clearly black or white. For instance it would be hard to exclude a media that engages those groups that are categorically excluded and marginalized from the media-making process, even if the media is not explicitly created and controlled by the community itself.

This project will aspire to be as inclusive as possible, without defeating the original premise.

This website has no ambition to be the final arbiter of who is 'community media' and who is not. Perahps the community itself will decide! But we will need to wait and see how it pans out...

What to expect from Phase I of the site:

CommunityVoices.in is being beta tested. At this time you can add a community media organization to our database, but the website itself is not ready for public viewing, yet...

When the site goes live a user will be able to view community media:

  • By Geography (States and UTs)
  • By Media Type (Radio, Video, Print, Web...)
  • By Language (Assamese, Bengali, Bhili...)

This is how an individual media profile will display.

A national map for a media type will look like this

Organization/People:

This site started out as a personal project in the hope that this website will eventually work in the spirit of 'community media'. Already, even before the site is fully functional, the contributions of a large number of people and organizations need to be acknowledged: In no specific order: Jose Jacob, MIB/CEMCA (for the Compendium), Sajan Venniyoor, Arti Jaiman, Soumya Jha...

Send critique, suggestion, feedback to Ajay Jaiman.

Community media is any form of media that is created and controlled by a community, either a geographic community or a community of identity or interest. However, if the fundamental premise of the media is to engage those groups that are categorically excluded and marginalized from the media-making process, it will be included on this website, even if it is not explicitly created and controlled by the community.

Related projects: docX.in: the documentary exchange project of india