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Merinews is an English-language online newspaper in India built on the concept of citizen journalism.[1] The website is owned by Bizsol Advisors Pvt. Ltd. and allows anyone to share news, opinion, analysis, reviews, photos and events.[2] Merinews also has city based local print editions in metropolitan areas in India.[3]

Merinews
Type of site
Online newspaper
Available inEnglish
OwnerVipul Kant Upadhyay
Alexa rankDecrease 45,309 (Global 04/2016)
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
Launched2006
Current statusActive
IP address174.142.120.40

Launched in 2006,[4] Merinews was started by Vipul Kant Upadhyay, who started with no journalism background.[5] In 2011 Merinews was India's largest citizen journalism portal.[6]

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Business modelEdit

Merinews publications consist of user-generated content, where citizens play the role of journalists and share news, opinion, analysis, event details etc. The content isn't published directly as in a blog or social media platform, but is instead screened by the inhouse editorial team[2] Revenue is generated primarily through advertisement served with the content. As of 2013, merinews has also started publishing online local editions,[7] complemented by city specific local print tabloids.[8]

RecognitionEdit

Merinews received the Manthan Award for Best e-content in 2006 in the e-news category.[9]

In 2007, merinews was the first Indian website to make the list of ‘Official Honoree’ at the Webby Awards.[4][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Citizen Journalism and Human Rights in North East India. ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)", WACC Global Report
  2. ^ a b Thriving Citizen Journalism in India "[1]", Mid Day, 4 September 2011
  3. ^ Merinews launches city based monthly tabloid" [2]", India Digital Review
  4. ^ a b Maya Ranganathan; Usha M Rodrigues (8 July 2010). Indian Media in a Globalised World. SAGE Publications. pp. 112–. ISBN 978-81-321-0599-2.
  5. ^ Merinews CEO speaks at AMIC Conference "[3]", Snurb
  6. ^ Judith Clarke; Michael Bromley (18 August 2011). International News in the Digital Age: East-West Perceptions of A New World Order. Routledge. pp. 157–. ISBN 978-1-136-64228-9.
  7. ^ Merinews launches city specific sections" [4]", India Digital Review
  8. ^ Merinews launches city based monthly tabloid" [5]", India Digital Review
  9. ^ Merinews wins Manthan Awards in 2006 ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)" Digital Inclusion for Development
  10. ^ Webby Honorees for 2007 in News Category ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)" Webby Awards

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