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Caravan

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The Caravan is India’s only monthly magazine devoted to narrative journalism, i.e., publishing articles combining months
of research and reportage with compelling storytelling. It is housed in the Delhi Press, one of India’s oldest publishing
houses. By consistently covering a variety of issues from politics and governance to culture and art, the magazine brings
a cross-section of topics from across India to the forefront of public debate.

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Caravan

  1. 1. MODEL - SOCIAL BUSINESS ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW The Caravan is India’s only monthly magazine devoted to narrative journalism, i.e., publishing articles combining months of research and reportage with compelling storytelling. It is housed in the Delhi Press, one of India’s oldest publishing houses. By consistently covering a variety of issues from politics and governance to culture and art, the magazine brings a cross-section of topics from across India to the forefront of public debate. THE PROBLEM The mainstream media often reports stories without providing historical context or the long term view of an issue, cultivating knee-jerk responses in readers. It is also common for reporters to be under pressure to provide biased opinions depending on the ownership and advertising interests of the publication. CARAVAN’s RESPONSE By providing the space for in-depth reflection on topics, the time to do months of research,and most importantly, the editorial freedom to present a balanced view of an issue,Caravan provides a rare space in India for writers to engage the public in a nuanced debate. This also promotes thoughtful readership. The Caravan Founded: 2010 | Head Office: New Delhi | Coverage: Pan-India | Full-Time Staff: 25 Budget (2013-14): Organization – INR 5 crore; Governance – INR 5 crore HOW DID IT EVOLVE? The Caravan WHAT DOES IT DO? www.caravanmagazine.in Caravan was launched as Delhi Press’s first magazine, and became one of the magazines defining English journalism in India through the 1950s and 1960s Delhi Press discontinued the magazine Re-launched as India’s first long-form narrative journalism magazine, combining in-depth reportage with engaging storytelling, in the style of publications like the New Yorker and the Atlantic Globally renowned writers, journalists and academics have been published in the magazine, providing a national platform for quality discourse 1940 1988 2010 2014 Reportage and Essays: Caravan works with some of the finest writers across Asia to produce reporting on issues of public interest: Eg. Prominent individuals profiled include former prime minister Manmohan Singh, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, steel magnate Naveen Jindal. Books, Poetry, Fiction and Photo Essays: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photography from across the country is showcased, providing exposure to new voices and forgotten talent from across India. Print and Online Publication: Stories on governance, public policy, conflict, business, politics, foreign policy, health, education and profiles of prominent business leaders, politicians, and other figures of national importance. The gestation period for each story varies from three months to a year. A staff member is dedicated to the story through this period or a freelancer is paid a substantial fee to allow them to immerse themselves in the production and reporting of the story. The story then takes from a fortnight to a month to process, going through a rigorous process of rewriting by editors followed by copy edits and fact checking. This requires an investment in terms of editors that far exceeds the norm in India. Caravan brings out a monthly print issue of high quality design. All articles are available free of cost on its website. Public conversations with leading writers and academics are held and shared online on a dedicated YouTube channel. KEY INTERVENTIONS 1. Building awareness and mobilizing citizens 2. Training citizens for public engagement 3. Creating knowledge and evidence 4. Advocacy for policy design and implementation 5. Technology platforms and solutions 6. Facilitating independent and inclusive journalism 7. Capacity building of government officials 8. Capacity building of local partners 9. Facilitating platforms for multi-stakeholder engagement Caravan
  2. 2. WHAT’S NEXT? “The Caravan for the past five years has been doing path-breaking journalism in India. We have broken grounds in the quality of reporting, the quality of writing, the quality of editing, the quality of thoughts and analysis we’ve put out from month to month. Caravan is as close as you can get to independent journalism in mainstream publishing in India.” - Vinod K. Jose, executive editor citizenvoice policy law servicedelivery thinktank transparency RTI elections budgets urbangovernance panchayatiraj accesstojustice technology humanrights independentmedia I’m an admirer of it for three reasons... first, in-depth analytical articles that give a fairly full picture and understanding of the subject; secondly, it’s extremely well- written; linguistically its style is easy to read – that I applaud; thirdly, it’s a journal that evokes a wide cross-section of views so it doesn’t have an ideology or a particular standpoint, apart from perhaps for the quest of truth. - Karan Thapar Indian TV commentator Articles published in Caravan have received national and international recognition: Reporting and Writing Workshop: Caravan wants to organize an annual reporting and writing workshop with the Columbia Journalism School for 25 young aspiring journalists under the age of 25. Editorial Fellows: It aims to institutionalize an editorial fellowship where editors get trained for six months at Caravan, followed by six months at either the New Yorker, The Atlantic or Columbia Journalism School in the United States. Staff Writers: Caravan also aims to increase its number of staff writers at all levels. Caravan has a readership of 4-5 lakh, its website receives 1.5-2 lakh unique visitors each month and the average Caravan cover story is shared 3,000 times on Facebook. Caravan’s print circulation is at 40,500 copies per month along with 3.2 lakh monthly online page views. WHAT HAS IT ACHIEVED? VOICES FROM THE GROUND Anant Nath: Director, Delhi Press Group; Managing Editor; The Caravan; MBA (IIM); MA, Politics from Colum- bia University Vinod K. Jose: Executive Editor, The Caravan; Bollinger Presidential Fellow, Columbia Journalism School Hartosh Singh Bal: Political Editor, The Caravan; former Political Editor, OPEN magazine; author of Waters Close Over Us: A Journey Along the Narmada Vinod K. Jose’s The Rise of Narendra Modi and On the Success of Ethics cited for reporting excellence by the Osborne Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia QUALITY INDICATORS The Caravan Rohini Mohan's “The Defeated” was recognized as the best print media article on humanitarian issues by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Press Institute of India in 2012. Vinod K Jose’s ‘Falling Man’- included in the compilation, 100 Great Stories by Columbia School journalists. Leadership Endorsements 12 A 80 G FCRA

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