International reporting project, partnered by Co Media Lab, shortlisted for OJA award

Shortlisted for OJA award


The Surviving the City series of stories has been nominated in the Pro-Am category, which recognizes collaborations between students and professional news organizations:

The stories were the result of collaboration between the University of British Columbia and partner universities in Bogota, Nanjing and Bengaluru where Jain University was the partner. The Co Media Lab hosted at Jain University anchored the project in Bengaluru. The stories were published on The Guardian, Toronto Star, and

The University of British Columbia’s (UBC) International Reporting Program (IRP) aims at teaching and producing enterprise global journalism. It offers journalism graduate students the opportunity to report on under-covered global stories and share them with the public through partnerships with major media, and a growing creative commons library.

Traditional “foreign” reporting approaches are fast proving obsolete — not only because budgets are shrinking, but because biases built into old ways are being exposed.

Is there a better way to report on the worldwide shift to city dwelling? One that is more informative, democratic and authentic?

… So UBC’s International Reporting Program reached out to programs in other countries to create a networked team to tackle the theme “Surviving the City.” Student journalists from Colombia, China and India collaborated with their UBC counterparts to add depth and cultural understanding to the stories.

The IRP had partnered with Co Media Lab (through Jain University) during Oct 2016 – Mar 2017 on a project on urban resilience. Fellows from India included four journalists from Bengaluru, representing Co Media Lab including Akshatha M from Citizen Matters, and Prabhu Mallikarjuna, and Arunava Bannerjee and Romit Sinha, students at IIJNM.

The students engaged in weekly classes and collaborated in small teams to produce two detailed and in-depth stories for the series ‘Surviving the City’

Bangalore’s last farmers

By Megan Devlin, Rohit Joseph, Prabhu Mallikarjunan, Romita Majumdar

Luxury of water in India’s Silicon Valley

By L Emilie Rauschuetz, Jaione Belza Guede, Akshatha M and Arunava Banerjee