Citizen Matters  was one of three finalists in the first ever ‪#‎innovationforgood‬ award, instituted by the Centre for Work, Technology and Social Change in collaboration with SASNET at Lund University, Sweden. We received the honorary prize at the Media and Innovation Days Conference on December 9th, at New Delhi.

Citizen Matters co-founder Subramaniam (Subbu) Vincent won the John S Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for 2015-16. He is working on ways to let civic activists and urban experts systematically help newsrooms like Citizen Matters track what is happening in the city — when journalists start to report on a topic, they are fully informed and armed with the collective wisdom of the community.


Citizen Matters was declared the joint winner of the Manthan Award – South Asia and Asia Pacific, instituted by the Digital Empowerment Foundation, in the e-News & Journalism category.

Citizen Matters received the Manthan Award South West India, instituted by the Digital Empowerment Foundation, in the e-News & Journalism category, for creating an online resource of news and independent coverage.

Citizen Matters won the Namma Bengaluru Award for 2013 in the Media Organisation category.


Navya PK, former staff journalist at Citizen Matters was awarded the All India Environmental Journalism Competition award for her series of exposes on the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project by Mantri Developers coming up on the Bellandur wetland – Mantri’s 72 acre project encroaching Rajakaluve: IISc Report, published on May 31, 2013.


Vaishnavi Vittal, former staff journalist at Citizen Matters, won the Laadli Media Award for the best Web Investigative report – Government ignores us because we aren’t educated and rich.

Citizen Matters was a finalist for Namma Bengaluru Awards, 2012.


Citizen Matters was a finalist for Namma Bengaluru Awards, 2010.


Supriya Khandekar, a Citizen Matters’ journalist was awarded the Young Development Journalist of the year in 2008-09, instituted by Asian Development Bank Institute, at Tokyo, Japan, for her report on the women of Gollehalli, Women of a lesser society.


The idea of Citizen Matters was shortlisted by the Knight News Challenge, USA in 2007 for innovative digital ideas in community news. Citizen Matters was beta-launched in 2008.


Citizen Matters: A successful model for a citizen journalism news site – International Journalists’ Network, March 2015

Citizen Matters: A local news outlet for Bengaluru – Mint, January 2015

Mint features Citizen Matters in its write-up about the Manthan Awards: Digital innovators honoured at Manthan, December 2014

Citizen Matters described as Bangalore’s watchdog e-magazine by the Washington Post, April 2013

The BBC covers Citizen Matters. Journalist Jamillah Knowles also blogs and features Citizen Matters in a radio show.

“Based in Bangalore [Citizen Matters] is well integrated mix of traditional Journalism and citizen Reporting” – Jamillah Knowles BBC U.K, August 2009

“Apart from the impact of individual stories themselves, though, Citizen Matters has also pioneered in India a model community journalism that may see as the inevitable future” – Mint, National business daily, November 2008