A reporter in a rural district of India uses WhatsApp to broadcast local news — and makes money doing it

Shivendra Gaur’s WhatsApp-based news broadcast service, Rocket Post Live, launched April 2016 and has already garnered 11,400 subscribers. About 8,000 of those subscribers pay 100 rupees (about $1.50 U.S.) a year; the rest are students who get the news service free of charge. Rocket Post Live sends updates on news developments to subscribers throughout the day, and also delivers one video news bulletin in Hindi, usually between three to five minutes long, every night around 8 p.m. Read more at Nieman Journalism Lab.

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