Meera K

Ashoka Fellow
Bangalore, KA, India, South Asia
Fellow Since 2016

Citation

This profile was prepared when Meera K was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
The New Idea
Meera recognizes the power of in depth local news and information to catalyze and accelerate local citizen movements and started Citizen Matters, a platform that publishes local and hyperlocal content combining professional reporting with citizen stories. The growth of Citizen Matters in Bengaluru is intertwined with the power of growing neighborhood groups, resident welfare associations and citizen groups.

Her work catalyses the efforts of local groups, by providing the information they need to take action, with stories investigated, researched and written by both professional and citizen journalists. The approach of involving citizens as 'problem solvers' provides easy to-dos to communities and prompts them to action.
Meera has encouraged a strong culture of citizen journalism with workshops, community interactions, internships, training citizens to investigate and present stories about their own communities that catalyze action.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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