To get where I hope to, goodnewsindia.com requires
participation at several levels. Before you come on board you would
naturally, want to know what this site is all about. Get an overview
and come back here.
Almost anyone can play the roles that will help. Before we
get to that, here is a check-list to see if you fit:
You are a student or a housewife or an enthusiast and
enjoy working from home.
You love the idea GoodNewsIndia stands for, more
than the money it can pay!
You enjoy surfing the web and are reasonably
comfortable creating a text file, sending an email etc.
You are fairly mobile and are free to travel within
about 50 km of your home.
You are free to travel even wider than that!
You can run down a lead , verify it, and report
it simply, though not with any great flair.
You can chase a lead and write on it with great flair!
You enjoy playing with digital images.
You are a parent or a teacher interested in instilling
in children a sense of idealism and appreciation of the good work.
If you are one or some or all of the above you may be
interested in some of the following roles.
1-Friend: Every single response helps build the
site. Need not always be an accolade! Report a typo, a bad link, an error
of fact, a dislike for a graphic, a copyrighted material we may have
inadvertently used... just about anything you as a friend of the site
think will better it.
we have received three usable suggestions we will post your name and
photo [if you like] in the Credits section.
2-Pointer: Point me to a story that the site
But remember every story that appears on this site has to be verified for
accuracy; so a vague suggestion will lead us nowhere. I would like an
extract from the press, a web-link, or a full address that can be followed
single lead of yours that ends up as a story on the site will be listed in
the Credits section with a link to the story that you helped create!
3-Verifier: I have leads in
several places in India that I obviously can't cover. Yet, every story
that appears here needs to be verified for accuracy and full contact
details of the person or place featured, collected. In addition each story
requires a photo or some image that is either specially taken or collected
from the subject. I need verifiers country-wide to do this field work. Verifiers are not expected to be skilled writers. It is
enough if a descriptive email is sent to me and a few queries answered ,
is a paid job, though I can only pay a modest amount at this time, which
will probably just about cover your costs! In addition your
name will appear in the credit line.
4-Artist: The Internet experience is mostly visual.
I try hard at making our site pleasant. But you may come across a graphic
on the site which you think you can improve. It's an easy thing to
download the graphic and if you are Photoshop- kind of person you can play
around and come up with something better. Attach the original and
your version to an email addressed to the editor. Sometimes you may have
additional images for a particular story taken perhaps, when you
holiday-ed there. Or you may have a general image that fits with the theme
of the site- we can use that too! [only scanned images please! I cannot
guarantee the safe-return of originals sent to us.]
pay reasonably for your efforts. The web-rights will belong to the site and the
rest of the rights are yours. The images will be credited to you where
5-Updater: A good story always grows. May be a
story on the site prompts you to visit it. Or you use the contact details
to get in touch, help the person or the idea grow. Or you maybe
the subject of the story itself and something positive may have happened
because of the story this site carried. In all these cases I would love to carry
the update you send.
update will be flashed prominently, may be even on the home-page and
you will be duly credited.