Semmai Sudhi – Our bi-monthly indigenous newspaper is a medium exclusively for the indigenous communities in the Nilgirs to share knowledge, news, stories and more. This paper has reporters from different villages, whose role is to interact with people from their community to bring out relevant and important news to other communities. It’s a medium where indigenous communities read about happenings of other indigenous villages in the Nilgiris.
Mr. Velayudan – special correspondent, The Hindu (Tamil) spent a day teaching the reports the knack of collecting information to write a news item. A total of 11 Semmai Sudhi reporters from Hasanur, Sigur, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Pillur & Konvakarai took part in the training. They shared their experiences of collecting details for a news and the also the challenges they face while making an attempt at collecting necessary information.
Mr. Velayudan has ample experience having worked for several newspapers and Tamil magazines. He shared his experiences over the years of collecting and writing news. He encouraged the reporters to develop the habit of reading in order to get an understanding of how to capture the reader’s attention and other tips in regard to writing a story.
Speaking during the training, he said “This is the first time I am hearing about Keystone and your work. It’s nice to teach and be a part of this kind of effort. I will write about my visit and I encourage all of you to continue writing and do send your stories which I can publish in local magazines“.