Who We Are

Chambal Media is a digital media social enterprise founded in 2015 by a diverse team of rural and urban media practitioners, with over 20 years of experience producing local language content especially with and for rural audiences.

Our flagship Khabar Lahariya is the country's only women-run brand of ethical and independent rural news. Our new vertical Chambal Academy is dedicated to fostering the next generation of media leaders by supporting emerging talent and new voices from India’s small-towns and rural hamlets.

About the fellowship

As we celebrate 20 years of our vision at the heart of everything we do, we would like to pay ode to a fearless voice we lost in 2020. This fellowship is supported by Google News Initiative is a tribute to the legacy of Rizwana Tabussum, a young small town journalist from a marginalized community, the first from her community to break barriers and step into journalism. Read more about Rizwana Tabussum here.

The fellowship will train 30 students who identify as women in North India/Hindi-speaking belt to become empowered community reporters.

You can be a Rizwana Fellow if:

  • Applications are welcome from all persons who identify as women (irrespective of cis-het norms)
  • You have conviction to tell stories from the ground through digital media
  • You feel passionate about raising your voice for yourself and your community



Other Requirements

  • You have cleared Std 10. If you have not cleared Std 10, you must have the ability to read and write Hindi
  • You have access to a smartphone (yours or can be borrowed from your friends and family)
  • You are ready to intern with us after the course in Banda, UP or Delhi (All the expenses like travel, accommodation, food etc will be taken care by Chambal Academy and students will get a stipend of INR 5,000 during their internship)
  • You must based out of one of these states: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan

Course Duration

3 months (from February 2023 to April 2023)

Selection Process

The selection process will commence in January 2023 and will be as follows:

  • Fill the application form (linked below) by 27th January 2023
  • Round 1 of shortlisting interview
  • Small writing assignment
  • Final interview
  • Selection

What Will You Get

Free digital course that will prepare you to be part of a feminist media network
Mentorship from senior reporters and media professionals working in rural and urban parts of India
Learning to use a variety of storytelling tools, including but not limited to videography, writing, editing, audio / video production and data visualization
Internship stipend of INR 5,000
Certificate of completion which you can use to access opportunities in media
1 story published in your name and amplified on all platforms of Khabar Lahariya and Chambal Academy
Access to our network for future opportunities
A peer network of women across 7 different states

Last date to apply is 27th January, 2023

For further information, write to us on mail@chambalacademy.com or call 8130602918

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