Appan Samachar (Our News) is a community news channel, which is run by backward and minority rural women who are cut off from the mainstream. Appan Samachar is famous by the name of All Women News Network, has emerged as a powerful news medium of alternative media. This video program was started on December 6, 2007, in the remote area of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India. The first Bulletin of 45-minutes was screened on a big project in village haat at Ramlila Gachhi of Chandkevari Panchayat under Paru block of Muzaffarpur district. This media movement that started from a small village, and today it covers dozen of villages, some including villages of surrounding districts as well. This news bulletin is mainly shown in the village market through projector or TV-DVD player. From Camera Person, Anchors, Editors to Community Reporter, all are women. Rural women have made camera, pen and mic, a weapons of change. The people of the village work to provide technical support from resource mobilization. Every month the program is shown to rural audiences who may not have access to television. Through Video, Audio and Print, Appan Samachar raises issues of public interest with fairness and boldness. Due to the impact of Appan Samachar, many problems of the villagers have been solved. Appan Samachar has given wings to curtain women and taken out girls from threshold of their houses. The team covers issues especially related to farming, women’s problems, the government of the village, environment, social welfare, and folk culture etc. The issues and problems of villages, which is ignored by corporate media, we cover those. Our team hammers corruption & social evils. The journalism of the trail does. Only team does not use to reporting on issues, general people also contribute news contents, photos, videos and stories. This unique hypothesis was embodied by a social worker and journalist Santosh Sarang with a team of four youths, i.e. Amritanj Indiwar, Rajesh Kumar, Phooldeo Patel and Pankaj Singh, which is appreciated by newspapers and channels from around the world. Find us on Twitter by @appansamachar
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Meet the Team
Santosh Sarang, Founder
Santosh Sarang, a social activist turned journalist, is founder of the only women’s community news network, Appan Samachar, promoting rural journalism from the Naxal affected area of Ramlila Gachi, Bihar. The CNN-IBN group has recognized his performance in adverse conditions and awarded him the prestigious “Citizen Journalist Award” in 2008. Currently he works as Chief Sub Editor with Prabhat Khabar, Muzaffarpur. He was awarded the South Asia Climate Change Award Fellowship by PANOS. He has written for Prayavaran Darshan, India Innovates and Gaon Ghar of Doordarshan, Patna. Write to him at email@example.com or he’s on Twitter with @Santosh_Writes
Rinku Kumari, Editor & Producer
For her best contribution in Citizen Journalism, She was awarded by ‘SP Singh Patrakatita Puraskar’ by Centre for Readership Development in 2013. First ever time, she handled camera in 2008 during Kosi flood and covered the whole visit of CM Nitish Kumar. Then after, got the chance to cover the speech of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the Former President in a programme at Turki in Muzaffarpur.
Young girl who belongs to a farmer family of Western area of Muzaffarpur district, is an Anchor. When she started with the initiative of Appan Samachar, she was of 14 years old and was studying in Class IXth at a Govt. School in her village. She started working with the camera-tripod. She is a Graduate in Psychology now. She worked more consciously on Child marriage and prevented herself of being getting marriage underage.
Siddhant Sarang, Online Editor
Online Editor with Appan Samachar, Siddhant Sarang is based in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He is a Documentary Filmmaker. He often advocated the problems of oppressed society. The young man, enthusiastically, always stands up for the rights of the women. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org & he’s on Twitter with @SiddhantSarang
Pinki Kumari, Reporter & Cameraperson
Belonging to farmer’s family, She is trying to break social taboos. Appan Samachar has taken her out from threshold to make her dream come true. Despite being cut off from mainstream, she is pursuing her Master degree.