Making sense of technology's impact on the world's largest democracy.
Our foundational reason for building FactorDaily has been to make sense of technology’s impact on the society around us. The intersections of technology with people, organisations, and everything around us have been often misunderstood, under-reported and have not been analysed with the depth they deserve.
When we started, we attempted to fill this gap by reporting stories from the tech-society intersection relevant to India. We produced a few stories everyday at first and, then about a year later, taking direction from our audience analytics, we moved to one deeply reported story a day.
At the core, we believe technology has two sides—the illuminating side, where technology empowers, democratises, and overall transforms lives and shapes our future in fascinating ways. Truly, the wind beneath our wings. The other side is dark—vwhere tech weakens the already weak and nourishes all bad things from biases to snooping, bullying and so on.
We have always been focused on doing stories that chronicle both these sides of technology since we started. And that mission remains intact.
We want to move the needle in society around us by using the power of storytelling in a much more relentless way. We want our stories to touch the deep conscience of policymakers, think tanks, entrepreneurs, law enforcement and most importantly, the next generation of youth who can use our stories to become more aware. Raising public consciousness about issues in our story projects is an outcome we would love to achieve. And we want to do all this by combining the power of technology, new formats and design with journalism.
Coming together in the middle of the pandemic has helped create a really special bonding among us in the FD 2.0 team over the past few weeks and months. We treasure that, and we are taking a leap of faith with this special bond we share among us and with many of you.
PITCH A STORY PROJECT
What makes a story project?
We would love to collaborate with you if you have an idea that sits at the intersection of technology and society. We will value your contribution with a minimum compensation of INR 100,000 for a series of stories, or more, depending on actual work required in terms of reporting, visual storytelling, technology tools, and other costs.
– The Checklist for a story project pitch
– Sits at the intersection of technology, society and public interest
– Idea based on evidential data and reported anecdotes
– Topic of a project is highly focused.
– Journalist proposing the project has enough passion about the topic and backs it with data and reporting required to convince a majority in the team
-The topic fulfils the important objectives—(a) opportunity to raise public consciousness, (b) deep enough to be pursued for a minimum of 12 months with stories, research and tools in the lab, and (c) the issue impacts a specific community or a section of people.
-Think of stories in a project as outcomes of the core idea; not start with stories we see out there to build a project backwards