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Another media startup is forced to fold.

Dear supporters,

When I conceived of b-yond tv, the mission was twofold:

a) To diversify the pipeline of voices behind journalism

b) To diversify the nature of content in international news

Long an advocate for diversity in the newsroom, I decided to work at the grassroots, training and mentoring aspiring journalists who lived in under-resourced communities around the world.

I started in South Asia, training journalists in Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh. Soon, I was training people in the Middle East. Then central Europe and the rest of Asia. As we began publishing our stories, we established our first content partnership…


Nowhere was the degeneration of the gender-equality movement as evident as Facebook on Mother’s Day. A slew of posts cascaded down my feed, mothers sharing various tableaus of husbands (fathers) cooking up breakfast. “Once, for a change!” seemed to be the recurring theme.

Women were overjoyed, appreciative. Even proud.

A few weeks ago, a BBC interview with a political scientist who was interrupted by his children lasted less than a minute and garnered hundreds of millions of views.

Swiftly on its heels came a spoof. A video in which a woman is being interviewed instead. A woman, of course, would…


When it comes to the fight for equality, labels are best left out.

Much was said about feminism — and to actress Shailene Woodley — last week. When asked if she considered herself a feminist, the actress replied, “No…I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance.”

Of course that isn’t what ‘feminist’ usually means. And I say “usually” because we live in a culture that doesn’t afford us a black-and-white definition. The general connotation: an advocate of social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.


Indian-Americans: not quite melting in the pot.

Meb Keflezighi sped through the finish line of the Boston Marathon this week in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds, becoming the first “American” male to win that race in 20 years.

While American television hosts were, undoubtedly, trying to discern the accurate pronunciation of his last name, the entire nation learned that he was the first “American” man to win in a long time — there was little escape from those blaring headlines.

It is newsy that Keflezighi was the first American since 1985, or the first American man since 1983…

Jui Chakravorty

Award-winning journalist, ex-Reuters. Founder & Managing Editor @byondtv Interested in language, food, fashion, sport, gender…anything that tells of a culture

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