Citizen Matters is a civic media platform with insightful reporting on critical urban issues, ideas and solutions for cities across India. Our local chapters in Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai focus on civic journalism and citizen engagement. Our work is supported by Oorvani Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering citizens through open knowledge platforms for civic engagement and community revitalisation

This is an open invite to enthusiastic, committed individuals with rapid learning curve and interest in urban and community topics – we have a warm and open work environment!

Current Vacancies (Full time)

1) Reporter – Bengaluru

  • Location: Bengaluru
  • Profile / Responsibilities: 
    • Track developments in the city – both emergent news and systemic issues. 
    • Write news reports, analysis, interviews, long form features etc, working in parallel with the rest of the team across India.  
    • Develop multimedia content like audio, video as required
    • Support the team with social media outreach / engagement as planned. Including activities like social media chats, live interviews, panel discussions etc.
  • The ideal candidate should have the stomach for hard reporting on tough issues, while being able to mix up their workload with feature writing from time to time.
  • Our expectations: 
    • Excellent command over English. Local language knowledge is important.
    • Keen interest in urban and local topics like economy, sustainability,  transport, water, waste, local governance and children.
    • Curiosity and articulation, and a love for the written word!
    • Self-learner, highly productive, efficient, capable of multi-tasking
    • Excellent communication and social media skills
    • Data journalism and hard reporting experience 
  • Experience: 0 – 2 years 
  • Education: Graduate. Background in Journalism, Mass Comm or English Literature preferred.

2) Associate Editor – Bengaluru

  • Location: Bengaluru
  • Profile / Responsibilities: 
    • Factcheck, proofread, edit and publish content
    • Handle layout (images, graphics, videos and artwork)
    • Work with analytics, and manage SEO and social media
  • Our expectations: 
    • Textual content editing skills (mandatory). Video and audio editing skills would be a plus. 
    • Well versed in English. 
    • Knowledge of SEO (preferred)
    • Familiarity with content management systems
    • Interest in the Civic space
    • Attention to detail
    • Familiarity with Bangalore
    • Knowledge of reading and writing Kannada
  • Experience: At least 3+ years of relevant experience
  • Education Qualification: Graduate in liberal arts or media. Specialisation in Journalism, Mass Communications would be an added advantage.

Application Process

To apply for a position at Oorvani Foundation, please fill this application form.

For clarifications, you can email hr@oorvani.in.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the next stage of the recruitment process.

Freelance contributors/Columnists

We are open to writers especially experts in specific urban topics. If you can write one-two solid 1000-1200 word stories a month – hard news report / analytical / insightful stories about your city, mail us with samples and story pitches.

Interns

If you want to intern to gain experience in media, community engagement, marketing or fundraising, reach out to us. These are 6 month or 1 year opportunities.

Volunteering opportunities

Community Anchor

We are looking for people passionate about bettering their cities. If you are a writer or editor, or knowledgeable civic activist, and want to contribute updates and highlight stories for an independent news platform committed to empowering citizens, we’d like to hear from you.

You’d need to commit 8-10 hours a month, and be based in any major city of India. Do send us a note about yourself, and why you’d like to help, along with some links to your earlier work.

Citizen Journalists

As a public-funded non profit, we work with a large pool citizen contributors. Citizens share stories of change from their own neighbourhoods or spheres of work. We expect balance, fairness and an open attitude.

Be a part of the conversation on issues that affect us all in the city! Citizen Matters has been recognised for its innovative model combining professional journalism and community stories with high standards of editorial stewardship!

Perhaps you’d want to share an update on some happening or have in-depth knowledge of a field that you could share with others.  We believe citizens know what is going on in their own neighbourhoods in more detail, context and sensitiveness. Also citizens have a point of view “what is in it for me and my community”. Citizens can also connect the dots between policy and how it impacts them. They have cognitive surplus!

We welcome contributions from articulate citizens who are excited about writing on city topics. You can write, contribute photo essays or make short films! It could be a report, opinion, analysis, interpretation, just commenting on a development and asking questions.

Note: citizen contributions are voluntary.

If you have a story to share, click here.

Researchers and Copy Editors

We also welcome volunteers who can support us with research and data analysis, and copy editing and proofreading. Email hr@oorvani.in explaining your interest, expertise and time commitment.

[We strive to be an equal opportunity organisation with an open and inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, ethnicity, caste, class, language, gender (identity/expression/status), sexual orientation, appearance, disability, age, beliefs or any other basis.]