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



Course Duration

3 months (from February 2023 to April 2023)

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

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

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