Since entrance of private players in news channels , the highly competitive field of news has many stories , sub stories which are shown as news. While many news do matter to India some are simply non news like rakhi sawant , dimpy ganguly , salman-katrina , dhoni’s new hair style and deepika’s new looks. They do matter to millions fans though but it makes least difference to how they are general India lives , earns.
But news channels are 24 hour channels and have to show something. So above mentioned things can be said as fillers or spices needed to keep recipe right till main news comes into the arena.
Having said that news channels have done some really good jobs too by keeping pressure on government , exposing scams of corrupted politicians , officers , playing as catalyst for jessicas and ruchikas , exposing babas .
Here we would to like to mention special programs/initiative which news channel have done making an real impact .
First we would like to mention NDTV’s greenathon. Started last year this greenathon has been able to make difference to 180 + villages. Donations have poured from all across the country worth crores . These crores would be used to enligten house of 180+ villages using solar lanterns.
Special mention is needed for shahrukh khan , milind soman , priyanka chopra , hrithik roshan , cyrus broacha and many more celebs who participated in NDTV’s greenathon , contributing with money as well as moral support.
Another program which needs a special mention is CNN-IBN’s citizen journalist which give opportunity to normal citizen facing various issue become journalist and putting their issues across the nation. Citizen Journalist has made real impact with government , ngos taking notice of various cases and helping the victims.
Another initiatives which needs special mentions are super idols of ibn 7 which acknowledges and awards people with disability who are achievers. They are role models from all the Indians.
Similarly cnn-ibn and ndtv both have Indian of the year awards , gr8 has women achiever awards , india today has conclave and cnn-ibn along with hindustan times has leadership summits.
Another initiative of impactful journalism in divya bhaskar’s ward meets where mlas and people of his/her constituency are brought together on same platform. People can meet their mlas and put their concerns in front of them
Journalism is not just about selling news and such impactful initiatives does make difference.