Extending the concept of citizen journalism, CNN-IBN has now mixed this with a reality news show format in its latest programming concept ‘Summer Showdown’. In this show, citizen activism will meet reality TV for the first time on issues affecting the common man every summer.
A family from each of the metros -- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata – will be followed for five-weeks wherein they will be asked to report on all the civic problems that they feel are threatening to become a crisis this summer. The issues range from continuous power cuts, overflowing sewers to the dismal state of roads. In addition, these citizen journalists will be provided opportunities to meet and interact with local civic authorities to find solutions to these perennial problems.
On a daily basis, two to three-minute stories of citizen journalists sharing their experiences on civic chaos in their cities will be carried on CNN-IBN’s newswheel. The initiative will culminate in a one-hour special on May 26 that will track the previous weeks’ progress to see which city’s civic authorities were the most efficient in responding to their citizens’ appeals.
Said Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN and IBN 7, “Summer Showdown promises to be a captivating account of citizens from across the country on the civic conditions of their cities. With inclusive journalism as our mantra, CNN-IBN hopes to not only give voice to the plight of citizens but also elicit among others a sense of civic responsibility.“