The concept of citizen journalism is gaining ground in India. Following CNN-IBN’s various initiatives around the concept, now Amrita TV is launching a reality show to hunt for the ‘Best Citizen Journalist’ in Kerala. The show, which will premiere on February 4, 2008, would be aired at the primetime slot of 9 pm, Monday to Friday.
The 90-episode show will feature a mix of indoor and outdoor filming with emphasis on location stories. The contestants would be judged by analysing their ability to gather and present human interest stories along with other specific assignments. The jury panel would comprise experts from the field of journalism with veteran TV journalist Sashi Kumar, Chairman, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, heading the jury panel.
Amrita TV officials claimed that the response to the auditions for ‘Best Citizen Journalist’ was enthusiastic with over 1,000 SMS registrations. After a three-tier shortlisting process, which included camera test, review of topical stories submitted by the hopefuls, and an intensive workshop, 15 contestants made it to the grade to participate in the show. Among theses 15, 13 would be eliminated in various rounds, with just two participants going into the grand finale, who would fight out for the ‘Best Citizen Journalist’ title.
All the 15 participants have completed their grooming sessions, which consisted of the basics involved in news production, editing, visual language creation, and sorting news based on its value. Among the finalists, there are an almost equal number of men and women hailing from North, Central and South Kerala.
“For Amrita TV, which has been innovating with new format shows, this show is a unique, first on television show. This reality show is one more example of the channel’s commitment to find, nurture and develop talent,” pointed out Sushil Kumar, Global Head-Marketing and Communications, Amrita TV.