Note from the Founding Editors

Instead of the traditional models of family-owned, corporate-funded and controlled or advertising-driven newspapers, websites and TV channels, can we reimagine the media as a joint venture in the public sphere between journalists, readers and a concerned citizenry? One in which decisions over what to cover and how, who to hire and where to send a correspondent or photographer, are taken by editors on the basis of professional judgment, without worrying about what a proprietor or politician, official or advertiser might think or want.

In a democracy, this is the least that readers or viewers expect. And yet, the business model that underpins most Indian news media seldom allows editors the freedom they need. Worse, it has slowly eroded professional standards of reporting and contaminated the media ecosystem with toxic practices like rampant editorializing, paid news and ‘private treaties’. Increasingly, media houses are reluctant to spend money on newsgathering; and as they develop secondary business interests and ‘no go areas’ proliferate, their newsrooms suffer further collateral damage – especially as these interests often depend on proximity to politicians and bureaucrats. Is it any wonder that readers have begun to notice the erosion of professional standards, ethical breaches and fall in quality? They now feel shortchanged.

The founding premise of The Wire is this: if good journalism is to survive and thrive, it can only do so by being both editorially and financially independent. This means relying principally on contributions from readers and concerned citizens who have no interest other than to sustain a space for quality journalism.

As a publication, The Wire will be firmly committed to the public interest and democratic values. Apart from providing authoritative analysis and commentary, the aim, as our resources grow, is to build ourselves as a platform driven by good old-fashioned reporting on issues of national and international importance and interest. Being on the web also means using new media technologies to change the way stories are told. With data and interactive charts, video and audio as integral parts of the narrative structure when warranted.

We start today on a modest note, constrained not by our vision but by our resources. In the meantime, we make a simple appeal: read us, share and tweet our content, and send us your feedback.

Siddharth Varadarajan
Sidharth Bhatia
MK Venu
Founding Editors of The Wire

How we are funded

The Wire's newsroom. Credit: Akhil Kumar The Wire’s newsroom. Credit: Akhil Kumar


The Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ) – the non-profit company that publishes The Wire – is pleased to announce the receipt of Rs 1.95 crore from the Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation in the form of a grant commencing August 2016. A second tranche of Rs 1.75 crore was received  in March 2017, bringing the total funding from the IPSMF to Rs 3.7 crore.

From its inception till now, the running expenses for The Wire have been covered by its founders and by donations from individual readers and well-wishers. The Wire’s Science coverage is fully funded by specifically earmarked contributions from Rohan Murty, who made a first grant of Rs 50 lakh in December 2015 and a follow-up grant of the same amount in May 2017.

The IPSMF grant will partially cover our running expenses for one year and help us bring to our readers the kind of high quality public-interest journalism they have come to expect of The Wire.

As a not-for-profit media venture, The Wire is dependent on donations from readers and philanthropically-minded individuals (who, by law, must be Indian citizens) for the bulk of its revenue.

The FIJ would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have made donations and would like to appeal to The Wire‘s readers and supporters to help supplement the money raised so far with contributions, large and small, to help us meet current and future expenditure.

You can donate to us online via our Support page. If you prefer cheques, please make yours payable to the Foundation for Independent Journalism and mail it to:

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About the Foundation for Independent Journalism

The Wire is owned and published by the Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ), a not-for-profit company registered under Section 8 of the Company Act, 2013, with CIN U74140DL2015NPL285224. Its registered office is in New Delhi, India. The FIJ is registered under Section12AA (a) of the IT Act, 1961, and its registration number is DEL – FR25178 – 14062016 of the register maintained in the office of the Commissioner of Income Tax (E).

About IPS Media Foundation

Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation is a public charitable trust registered vide a trust deed executed on July 1, 2015, as document No. 99 IV (15-16) dated July 1, 2015, at the office of the Sub-Registrar, Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Karnataka. IPSMF has been registered under Section 12AA (a) of the IT Act, 1961 and its registration number is CIT(E)/BLR/12A/M-134/AABT12413E/ITO(E)-1/ Vol 2015-2016 with effect from 08.01.2016. IPSMF has also been granted approval under section 80G (5) (vi) of the IT Act 1961 with effect from 08.01.2016 (Approval no: CIT(E)/BLR/80G/M-135/AABT12413E/ITO(E)-1/ Vol 2015-2016).

Disclaimer

The Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF) has provided financial support to the Foundation for Independent Journalism for the purpose of reporting and publishing stories of public interest. The IPSMF does not take any legal or moral responsibility whatsoever for the content published by the Foundation for Independent Journalism on its websites thewire.in, thewirehindi.com and thewireurdu.com or on any of its other platforms.

Current Openings
Sub-Editor
Date of Posting:2020-07-13
Job Location:New Delhi

The Wire is looking for a sub-editor to join the editorial desk. The ideal candidate must possess excellent writing and editing skills, be able to identify news and have a deep interest in the stories and issues regularly covered by The Wire. The position is out of our Delhi office.

Responsibilities include:
- Editing article to be published on The Wire for facts, language, structure and tone, and according to the house style
- Curating news stories quickly and clearly, including a background of the situation for the reader
- Keeping a constant eye on the news and making suggestions about what The Wire can cover, and how
- Identifying multimedia storytelling opportunities and working with our multimedia team to prepare storyboards

Candidates must:
- Have at least 3-4 years editing experience, preferably on a news desk
- Have excellent writing and editing skills, and be fluent with grammatical rules
- Be able to write quickly, lucidly and without making factual mistakes, on a daily basis
- Be familiar with Wordpress
- Be willing to work independently
- Be familiar with various components of digital news publishing, including (but not limited to) SEO, tagging, URL construction, analytics and social media targeting

Dalit, Adivasi and OBC candidates are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send an email to work@thewire.in with the subject line ‘Application for sub-editor’. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an editing test.

Last date for applications is July 21, 2020.

Social Media Manager
Date of Posting:2020-07-14
Job Location:-

The Wire is looking for a Social Media Manager with experience in journalism and managing social accounts.

You will establish a vision for shaping and targeting our journalism for different platforms, and you will be responsible for understanding and developing new strategies, tools and workflows as those platforms evolve. This means you will grow our presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, chat apps and emerging platforms. Engaging our readers, monitoring on-site and off-platform conversations for story ideas and integrating readers’ contributions and insights into the daily edit meets will be vital.

You will work alongside our Audience Engagement Editor and also work with reporters and editors across the newsroom in how social media and readers’ voices can inform our journalism, both pre- and post-publishing.

This role will work weekends and evenings and is location agnostic.

Responsibilities:

- Leading The Wire’s presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube Community, etc: providing coverage of breaking news and live events, conceiving and executing innovative social plans for campaigns, and engaging readers in audience-centric projects
- Developing and continuously refining The Wire's voice on all our off-platform channels, exhibiting excellent news judgment and audience-sensitive framing
- Building creative social native content (e.g. on Instagram stories, Instagram Reel)
- Suggesting story ideas, and partnering with desk and reporters to produce stories that:
-- Anticipate readers’ prospective social and search needs sparked by an exclusive by The Wire or a news event
-- Respond to readers’ real-time social and search needs
- Developing testing strategies around medium (images, video) and message (headline, social share text), to inform a constantly updating set of best practices for engaging off-platform audiences (Social, Search, etc.)
- Partner with editors across the news desk to workshop framing of articles and headlines on The Wire that leverages performance and readers’ interest as gauged on our social channels
- Interpreting data and signals both on and off our platforms and creating regular reports which can be accessed across the organisation

Requirements:

- 3+ years of experience in social media or digital journalism for a news organisation
- Excellent news and editorial judgment
- Thorough understanding of all mainstream and some emerging social channels
- Consistent record running Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc for major news outlets
- A passion for news and a dedication to The Wire and its journalistic mission
- Strong writing and editing skills

The Wire is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. Dalit, Adivasi, OBC and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Multimedia Producer
Date of Posting:2019-07-03
Job Location:New Delhi

The Wire is looking for multimedia producers with prior experience in conceptualising, editing, and producing high-quality news and feature videos for digital newsrooms.

Responsibilities:
- Producing explainer video stories based on articles published in The Wire.
- Editing and packaging video footage shot by our correspondents and contributors.
- Ideating with editors and correspondents to produce engaging video stories.
- Handling the production of our regular news shows (English and Hindi).

Requirements:
- A strong news sense and interest in news and current affairs.
- Three-five years of experience working as a producer/assistant producer in reputed media organisations.
- Ability to work independently and conceptualise video stories relevant to The Wire.
- Expertise in Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects.
- Excellent command over English and Hindi languages.
- Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills. Experience in writing/reporting for reputed media organisations would be an added advantage.
- Familiarity with digital journalism and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
- Willingness to learn how to optimise videos for social media platforms.
- Familiarity with video cameras, DSLR cameras and basic audio recording equipment.

The job will be based out of our office in Gole Market, New Delhi. If you’re interested in applying, please send your CV with a cover letter to pawanjot@thewire.in, cc: arfa@thewire.in and mention “Multimedia Producer” in the email subject.

Dalit, Adivasi, OBC and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Social Media Intern
Date of Posting:2019-12-07
Job Location:New Delhi

The Wire is looking for a Social Media intern with demonstrable prior experience in copywriting/writing, a strong interest in the news, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks on a deadline. The internship will be paid and for 3 months, between December and February.

At the end of this rigorous internship, the goal is that the candidate will leave having built skills in digital asset management, a deep dive into understanding the Indian media ecosystem, and a strongly developed skillset in executing time-sensitive projects.

We also hold the possibility of this internship converting into a full time position for the right candidate.

Responsibilities:
- Creating informative, contextual and emotive precis of news articles to be shared on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Contributing to developing repository of archival material.

Requirements:
- A keen interest in following the news is critical.
- The ability to process information and manage multiple tasks under strict deadlines.
- Advanced fluency in English, knowledge of Hindi a plus.
- Interest in / experience in basic design is not necessary but a plus.

Candidates will have to pass a test in person in Delhi before proceeding to an interview stage.

Please send in samples of prior writing along with a cover letter telling us why you are the candidate for this job, along with your CV to naomi@thewire.in, with the subject line 'Social Media Internship'.

Frontend Engineer
Date of Posting:2018-04-09
Job Location:New Delhi, India

The Wire is the most exciting News start-up in the digital space in India. Our journalism and reporting has been creating an undeniablee buzz and the organisation is growing at a break-neck speed.

We are looking for a talented and driven individual to a be part of our technology team. This person will be responsible for the front-end engineering and development of The Wire (English, Hindi and Urdu).

As a Front-End Engineer your responsibilities include
- Develop new user-facing features
- Develop tools to be used by the desk and reporters to enable better publishing and immersive experiences for users
- Build reusable code and libraries for future use
- Ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs
- Optimize application for maximum speed and scalability
- Assure that all user input is validated before submitting to back-end
- Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders

Skills And Qualifications
- Proficient understanding of web markup, including HTML5, CSS3
- Experienced in working with one page appilications based on Javascript (2+ years) and React (1-2 years)
- Experienced with JWT, Flux, Ajax, jQuery, ECMAScript 6, Node.js, npm, gulp
- Have a good understanding of REST APIs
- Basic understanding of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS
- Basic knowledge of image authoring tools, to be able to crop, resize, or perform small adjustments on an image. Familiarity with tools such as as Gimp or Photoshop is a plus.
- Proficient understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them.
- Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git
- Good understanding of SEO principles and ensuring that application will adhere to them.
- Knowledge of PHP and Wordpress will be a plus

The candidate should ideally have 3-4 years of experience in handling the front-end of a large cosumer facing web property, preferably a content publishing site.

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The public editor, Pamela Philipose, may be reached at publiceditor@thewire.in.

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