Citizen Matters is an online news magazine, covering public affairs, community and culture in Indian cities. Citizen Matters encourages everyone to get involved in city affairs. Currently there are two editions: Bengaluru and Chennai.
Citizen Matters is published by Oorvani Media, an independent local media firm founded by Bengalureans, Subramaniam Vincent and Meera K.
Our journalism is supported by Oorvani Foundation, a non-profit trust setup to ensure an independent community-funded media.
We encourage citizens, professionals and journalists alike to get involved in city affairs, report, collaborate, analyse, and propose ideas and solutions. Our aim is to provide a forum for discourse on city topics. If you want to be a part of our team, do get in touch.
Editing and Publishing
Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent is a technologist-turned-journalism innovator, writer, and entrepreneur.
Subbu has held product engineering, research and project leadership positions in the information technology industry in India and abroad. Subbu is the Co-founder of and Editor-in-Chief of Citizen Matters. He is also a Co-founder and Editor of India Together, India’s national public affairs e-magazine. He believes that an original purpose of journalism is to provide information to citizens so that they may be free and self-governing.
Meera was formerly yet another manager at an IT firm. She has worked at many corporates as well as startups, holding varied responsibilities in the product development space. Meera has also been involved with the social and voluntary sector, supporting projects related to education and community health.
As the co-founder and editor of Citizen Matters, Meera hopes that this forum for citizen level debate and expression makes a positive difference to the city.
Meenakshi Ramesh is an IIMA alumnus, who has worked in the field of education. Involved in civic initiatives in Chennai, she anchors the Chennai edition of Citizen Matters.
Articles are written by a team of professional journalists, citizens and activists interested in civic issues. Our journalism team comprises of Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya, Consulting Editor, Shree D N, Associate Editor and Akshatha M, Staff Reporter. Our complete list of freelance writers can be found here.
Design and Technology
Angeline and Upesh Pradhan at The Other Design Studio provided graphic design for the March 2008 (launch) version of the Citizen Matters website. Sahana Rammohan also provided web design consultancy.
Our original publishing platform (Beta version) has been developed by Gokul Janga and Raghavan Kandala at TecDost Software (now part of Mapunity). Shajith Chacko worked on subsequent versions. The latest release of the website was developed by Raghavan Kandala, Mapunity.
We are extremely grateful to the Open Source Software community for technology and software used to build this site (Ruby on Rails, Apache, Dadamail).