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inmathi.com seeks to leverage the best in journalism profession in the age of social media. With mainstream media moving to the big business league, the editorial content is palpably constrained by advertising, business and political vested interests. A critical attitude is often actively discouraged by owners or at best encouraged only selectively.
While these interests continue to influence the media narratives by affecting editorial choice and focus, journalism itself has lost its role as the gatekeeper in the age of social media. The raucous, bazaar-like nature of social media that has no editorial process offers a corrective to the failings of mainstream media. But the lack of an editorial process gives wide play to rumour, incorrect information or incomplete reports in social media.
Inmathi.com, a bilingual e-zine focused on Tamils, seeks to leverage the power of the community to provide a sustainable platform for independent journalism. It seeks to create a community of readers who have a stake in the editorial content as they consume it and guide the editorial team in developing content in tune with the highest standards of journalism: neutrality and objectivity. At the same time, a rigorous editorial process is followed so that no biased narratives, hiding or downplaying information, nor selective reportage catering to specific ideologies is part of inmathi
By its very existence and sustenance, inmathi.com seeks to serve as a model for mainstream media. That a truly critical, even adversarial journalism platform can sustain financially without recourse to any agenda-driven source of funding should impact the practice of journalism everywhere for the better.
M Kalyanaraman, a print and broadcast journalist based in Chennai, is the founder-editor of inmathi.com. A merchant navy engineer by profession, journalism was a childhood passion for Kalyan. When he was in school in Chennai he chanced upon the book, All The President’s Men. While he was reading it, he was struck by the similarities between Watergate and the Bofors scandal that was rocking India. Journalism became his passion then on and a higher moral calling. In engineering college, he launched the college magazine, Jungle Book, that sustained for a few years after his leaving. After graduating as mechanical engineer, he joined the merchant navy but would often write for newspapers and other publications on a freelance basis.
Kalyan’s merchant navy career was developing meanwhile. He was among the first Indians to learn to operate and sail in Liquified Natural Gas ships. But, when he turned 30, Kalyan decided to take the plunge and switch to journalism. Having tried his hand at reporting and writing in Chennai, he decided he needed to get training at the highest levels and get formal training in journalism. He studied Masters in Journalism at Columbia University in New York in 2002-03 and stayed on in the US to edit an energy publication. Kalyan returned to Chennai in 2011.
Kalyan’s service in senior editorial positions in leading media outlets such as The Hindu, The Times of India and Pudhiya Thalaimurai convinced him of the need for an independent journalism outlet in Tamil Nadu. In 2017-18, he started inmathi.com as a proof-of-concept demonstrator and ran it for some 10 months. After the pandemic, he restarted inmathi.com in September of 2021.
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M Kalyanaraman is founder editor of inmathi.com. A merchant mariner and journalist, M Kalyanaraman is a graduate of the School of Journalism, Columbia University.
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