Vice Media & Dentsu Webchutney reconnect Kashmiris to the world with 8-Bit Journo

Relevant news stories that Kashmiris had missed out on over the last 110 days were converted into teletext and dispatched to lakhs of Kashmiris through SMS

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Dec 26, 2019 6:22 PM
8-bit journo

Vice Media along with Dentsu Webchutney combined technology from the 60s and the 90s and lauched the world’s first teletext news portal: The 8-Bit Journo.

Relevant news stories that Kashmiris had missed out on over the last 110 days were converted into teletext and dispatched to lakhs of Kashmiris through SMS, the moment the service started in Jammu & Kashmir.

News stories with cultural relevance to youth were curated and converted into visually impactful pieces with the objective to facilitate a faster integration of Kashmiris back into the global fold.

An introduction message was sent inviting people to subscribe to the 8-bit Journo and access headlines across the globe. Once subscribed, a story was automatically pushed out to them each day. See The 8-Bit Journo video https://youtu.be/g1jQXgfaLXE

Sarvesh Jasuja, Senior Growth Manager-APAC, Vice Media said: “VICE has always represented the voice of the youth - uncovering and understanding complex situations around the world through the lens of young people on the ground. This project is exactly the kind of thing that motivates us - to be able to share inspiring, meaningful or even just light-hearted irreverent stories, to bring moments of connection into the lives of those who are feeling disconnected.”

Aalap Desai, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Webchutney added, “Necessity is the mother of invention. In today’s day and age we cannot imagine a world without the internet. We would not just be devoid of information but also the essential human connection that we all need. The purpose of digital is to add back to human lives. So while sometimes you go forward in looking for futuristic tech to work on, you also need to go backwards to solve a problem; and that is what we exactly did.”

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