Opinion: Local media provide sizable solutions to global crises


NEW YORK — When Kavita Devi read the mission of her local media platform Khabar Lahariya, which translates as “News Wave,” it was the first time she had ever spoken English publicly.

Then she followed up in her native tongue, Hindi, working across two languages and striking a deep chord among the audience at the International Press Institute World Congress in New York held in September at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Devi’s simple gesture of speaking to the crisis in local news and the need to protect a free press in both languages embodied the spirit of a new generation of media that are reporting locally and thinking globally.

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