Growing Global Audiences Through Data Journalism in India

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How can we help World Service journalists tell visually compelling stories with data for Southeast Asian audiences?

The World Service is currently undergoing a major expansion, and as part of this the BBC’s bureau in New Delhi will become the largest outside London by 2020. We’re partnering with Connected Studio to explore how journalists can use a new wealth of open data to tell visually compelling stories for Southeast Asian audiences.

The Challenge

We’re looking to collaborate with experienced digital companies in India to build tools for the World Service’s bureaus in Southeast Asia. Interested companies are invited to submit project proposals for either:

  • Tools to uncover compelling stories from data.
  • Tools to present data-driven stories to audiences in new, visual and compelling ways.

Successful companies will receive funding from the BBC to develop their projects into pilots, which will launch in September alongside four new Indian language services.


In April 2016, we attended a series of events with the Connected Studio team in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore, where we met with technology companies to help explain the brief. We also discussed the technical support that our team is able to provide throughout the process — including use of the Juicer API, which we maintain in collaboration with BBC R&D.

To find out more about the brief, visit Connected Studio’s website.

Next Priorities

  1. Provide technical support as needed for selected proposals.
  2. Explore opportunities for helping to establish a News Labs presence in India.