The Bobs awards honor websites and projects in 14 languages that champion the open exchange of ideas and freedom of expression. The Global Media Forum Award was for sites that examine how interconnectedness, interactivity and participation influence and spur on the democratic process.
The Marico Innovation Foundation presented Khabar Lahariya the Innovation for India Award in the social sector for its uniqueness, sustainability and scalability.
This award is presented annually to those working with literacy, especially in the local language.
English news channel Times Now honoured Khabar Lahariya with the Amazing Indian Award calling Khabar Lahariya as one of the makers of change in the country.
Population First, an NGO and a communications initiative presented Khabar Lahariya’s collective of women journalists with the Special Jury Award for Gender Sensitive Reporting.
The Hindu Business Line | A Reporter’s Notebook, Priyanka Kotamraju (2014)
The Week | Last Word | The Invisible Stories, Nandita Das (2014)
The Hindu | Making Waves with News, Meena Menon (2013)
Firstpost | UP to Bihar: Why a group of rural women journalists went online, Mazumdar (2013)
Marie Claire France | Rural journalists make a difference in remote villages in India, Suzanne Lee (2012-13)
The Guardian | New Writers, New Readers, Newspaper, Manini Sheker (2011)
The Asia Mag | What Happened to Good ol’ Journalism?, Edwin Koo (2010)
Los Angeles Times | Dalit Women find their voice through a Newspaper, Mark Magnier (2009)
Aljazeera | Reading the Future, Andrew Wander (2009)
BBC Hindi | खबर लहरिया के लिए यूनेस्को सम्मान, Vineet Khare (2009)
Columbia Journalism Review | Postcard from Chitrakoot, Betwa Sharma (2009)
The newspaper has been lauded as an exemplary model for transformative rural media
by Wharton Business school and a CII/KPMG report on ICT in India.
‘In a region notorious for its feudal mindset, where remnants of erstwhile aristocracy still rule the roost, an eight-page weekly, Khabar Lahariya is a ray of hope. It has created awareness among the oppressed and deprived sections of the Chitrakoot and the Banda districts in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.’
[The Hindu, August 2009.]
‘There are areas and pockets in our country where development programmes have not reached. The concept and idea of a rural newspaper like Khabar Lahariya is very strong and if we want to bring awareness and go towards development – it is the only way… From now on, I will see the schemes we plan through the prism of Khabar Lahariya.‘
[Syeda Hamid, member, Planning Commission]