To enable a critical mass of citizens to work for better Indian cities, by providing information, understanding and tools.
To build open knowledge platforms for civic engagement and community revitalisation
Oorvani Foundation is a Bangalore-registered trust setup in 2013 to develop and promote deep-diving journalism on governance, citizenship and society in India at the city, state and national levels. Journalism genres include investigative, interpretative, analysis, interviews, features, films, talks and podcasts. The foundation will award fellowships to identify and tap top talent for specific journalism projects. It will also facilitate citizens learning and collaboration, by organising events.
The foundation will work to ensure a media that can intervene and set the terms of debate and discourse in a sphere dominated exclusively by mainline commercial media, driven by advertising, commercial interests and/or partisan political interests alone.
The foundation develops reporting and data for publishing, web streaming, and podcasting through the Citizen Matters and India Together platforms, using teams of editors, journalists, freelance and subject matter experts, practitioners, filmmakers, audio producers, and organisational partners.
The founder-trustees include Subramaniam Vincent, Meera K and Ashwin Mahesh. More here.
“The central purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with accurate and reliable information they need to function in a free society.” – Kovach and Rosenstiel, The Elements of Journalism
We are an independent media and ethics, honesty, integrity, fairness are important to us. We work to ensure our platforms provide a forum for citizen debate and expression and foster communities.
You can read about how we ensure our journalism is non-partisan here.
Note: We will carry opinions on policy. In reviewing these, we will be open to well-argued and well-substantiated positions. Arguments in our journalism will be substantiated with information that is every citizen’s right to know. We will advocate positions in our editorial writing. However, our reporting will remain independent of our editorials.