Chambal Media

Chambal Media is a digital media social enterprise founded in 2015 by a diverse team of rural and urban media practitioners, with over 20 years of experience producing local language content especially with and for rural audiences.

Chambal Media runs Khabar Lahariya and Chambal Academy, and since 2020 we have partnered with the organization to run all three of its online platforms.

Chambal Media Website: Chambal has several partnerships and projects to showcase and we have focused on just that. We worked on the designs using their brand language, and prioritized visuals more than the text - dark backgrounds and overlays, with a dash of red in the footer. The website went live in 2020 and was improved earlier in 2022 with a more comprehensive information architecture. Visit the Chambal Media website.

Khabar Lahariya: When we came on board, the very first step was to address the website's severe performance issues. We migrated away from a shared host to a dedicated virtual private server and went to work on a custom WordPress theme so that we have full control on every aspect of performance. Today we continuously monitor and improve performance, develop new features (such as their new premium offering called KL Hatke) and work closely on all kinds of digital publishing requirements. Visit Khabar Lahariya.

Chambal Academy is an online learning platform tailored specifically to India’s small town and rural audience. Currently, its digital offerings include an online journalism course in Hindi. It is in fact a hybrid (online and offline) model keeping in mind issues of access in rural India. Apart from developing the primary multilingual website, we have worked with the Academy team since 2021 to set up a learning management system, using LearnDash, with customizations that are geared towards their specific use case(s). Visit Chambal Academy.