Front-page of South Asian newspapers under gender lens

CNS helped conduct an initial pilot research study comprising a month-long news monitoring, aggregation and gender analysis of the front-page of prominent English newspapers in five South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan). The initial findings were released on 11 January 2013 (report is online here).

Consultative process to strengthen laws in sexual assault cases

CNS helped organize and facilitate an open in-person and online consultation to seek input for Justice JS Verma Committee (appointed by government of India) that sought input to strengthen laws to respond to cases of sexual violence. On behalf of Socialist Party, Lok Rajniti Manch, Humsafar – Support Centre for Women, Asha Parivar and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), we had organized this in-person consultation opposite Vidhan Sabha Lucknow on 28th December 2012. The recommendations (online here) were officially submitted by us to Justice Verma Committee members on 2nd January 2013.

Why Purple?

The colour purple runs deep through the visual identity of Solutions division of CNS - because it reinforces our commitment and sends a clear message to support gender-based equality. Citizen News Service - CNS supports gender justice at all levels. Voting for colour purple reflects our commitment to do all what we can, to end gender-based discrimination and inequities.

Media services

We help organize press conferences including drafting press releases in different languages to communicate your key messages effectively

Our past examples:

* We organized the media launch and press conference to launch the UP state Global Adult Tobacco Survey data for World Health Organization (WHO)

* We provided media services at Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) during AIDS Society of India National Conference (ASICON)

* We provided media services around International Mental Health Day for Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Kashmir

* We provided media services on other issues regularly such as tuberculosis (TB), HIV, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, cardio-vascular diseases (CVDs), mental health, among others

* CNS was the Media Partner at Asia Pacific Writers Summit (AP Writers) at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand

Photography

Images are powerful: ‘one picture speaks more than a thousand words’! We increase visibility, understanding and engagement of diverse stakeholders and communities through photographs that speak volumes! 

Trainings

We help you build communication skills of your team, partners, and other allies you work with for greater amplification of your key advocacy messages and enhanced brand awareness

Some examples:

* We conducted on-site journalists' training on HIV, TB-HIV co-infection, rectal microbicides, and hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV treatment access issues, at XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington DC, USA, bringing together journalists from seven countries in Asia and Africa.

* We conducted journalists' trainings on tobacco industry interference in public health policy, in India, Philippines and Viet Nam around Fifth Conference of the Parties of WHO FCTC

* We have conducted Journalists' Training on Microbicides Research in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai with National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Global Campaign for Microbicides, PATH, among others

* We conducted civil society trainings on monitoring and evaluation of health policy implementation in 2011 and 2012

* We have conducted CNS correspondents' on-site trainings at past HIV and TB conferences routinely

Translation, audio transcription, editing and/or writing customized thematic content

We have a specialized and skilled team to process content tailored to meet your unique needs. For example, our skilled professionals will not only translate, but also proof-read, and copy edit to deliver a high quality language version draft to you on time. Our writers and editors, many of whom come from affected communities, display not only high degree of professionalism but also sensitivity to issues and adhere to internationally accepted language and editing guidelines

Our examples:

* We transcribed audio recordings and translated testimonies of transgender patients of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and HIV for Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF): Hindi, English

* We have produced thematic content on rectal microbicides and HIV prevention research for Chicago AIDS Foundation/ International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA). We transcribed audio recordings of key informant interviews of IRMA experts as well.

* We have produced two publications (content generation, analysis, editing, design, layout and print) with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund). This project was managed by CNS along with AIDS Portal and led by an independent consultant; and included audio transcription, translation, content writing, editing and publishing tasks on three issues - Malaria, TB and HIV: English, French, Russian and Spanish

* We produced thematic content for UNDP, Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), India HIV/AIDS Alliance, John Hopkins University, Global Coalition on Childhood Pneumonia, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), among others: English, Hindi, Urdu

Social media engagement

We help to provide genuine social media engagement to complement your work, increase conversation among your stakeholders on specific issues, amplify advocacy and facilitate online dialogue on key messages

Past examples:

* We along with Inis Communication helped organize a Lung Week social media campaign (12-17 November 2012) to facilitate conversation on a range of issues around lung health. World Pneumonia Day, World COPD Day, 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health, 5th WHO FCTC Conference of Parties (COP-5), were some of the key strategic events taking place during Lung Week.

* We use #tuberculosis (@bobbyramakant) to engage different stakeholders on TB on Twitter, and also actively use blogger, Reddit, Facebook pages and groups and other social media platforms

* We use #diabetes and #NCD to engage different stakeholders on diabetes and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Twitter, and also actively use blogger, Reddit, Facebook pages and groups and other social media platforms

* We use #tobacco to engage different tobacco control stakeholders on Twitter, and also actively use blogger, Reddit, Facebook pages and groups and other social media platforms

Online dialogue, e-consultations

Using simple and existing technologies we help you facilitate online dialogue on specific issues to provide a ‘safe conversation space’ for your stakeholders, and host issue-specific and time-limited e-consultations and produce analytical summaries

Our past five examples:

* We manage the Global Stop-TB eForum (electronic discussion forum) for daily online information exchange and dialogue on TB related issues. Before CNS, one of us worked with Health and Development Networks (HDN) which founded the Stop-TB eForum in early 2001

* We hosted the e-consultation on 'Lessons learnt from rolling out multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)', a summary report of which was launched at the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health

* We hosted the e-consultation on childhood TB where over 500 commentators participated and had their say bringing key realities of fighting TB in children to the fore. This was also recognized as best practice example of advocacy, communication and social mobilization (ACSM) by the Stop TB Partnership

* CNS, along with AIDS Portal and led by an independent consultant, hosted the e-consultation on 2012-2017 five-year strategy for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund): Spanish, Russian, French, English

* We, along with Asia Pacific Alliance for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APA) and UN Women, facilitated an e-consultation on women and girls, summary report of which was launched at the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) South Korea

Conference services

We provide off-site and on-site media and communication support services around your conference (before, during and after) to:
  • Enhance visibility and raise profile of key issues,
  •  Increase representation and participation of your stakeholders and key constituencies (by being ‘eyes and ears’ of those who are unable to attend), 
  • Chronicle online conference coverage, and 
  • Help connect the dots between different health and development events and issues.

[Examples of CNS coverage of health and development conferences in recent past]

Pre-conference services:
• Facilitating e-consultation and conducting key informant interviews with your stakeholders and key constituencies around conference priority issues
Commissioning CNS Correspondents to conduct in-country interviews on priority issues around the conference to develop their news articles, publish and syndicate them through CNS and other channels
• Facilitating a competitive selection process for health and development writers to qualify for conference media scholarships
Building and managing a social media campaign at least 5-7 months ahead of the conference. This campaign includes strategies such as promoting conference hash-tag on Twitter and other platforms, monitoring its use through analytics-tools, helping increase the visibility of the conference and upping the online engagement around key conference priority issues.

On-site conference services:
• Publishing and syndicating news articles written by CNS Correspondents as part of conference coverage through CNS to print and online media
• Being eyes and ears of those not attending, etc – and where it gets published, News section of conference website,
Supporting media scholars at the conference by facilitating media trainings, briefings and supporting on-site coverage
• Producing daily conference newspaper using content generated onsite by CNS Correspondents and media scholars
Continuing with the social media campaign and engagement: Supporting social media engagement on key priority issues of the conference, by on-site promotion of conference hash-tag on Twitter and other platforms, and also monitoring its use through analytics
Scanning conference-related news coverage, aggregating and analyzing news content, maintaining an online archive and feeding it on the conference website

Post-conference services:
Commissioning CNS Correspondents to write post-conference in-depth news articles in their country’s contexts, publishing and syndicating them through CNS and other channels
• Continuing with the social media campaign and engagement after the conference ends


[Examples of CNS coverage of health and development conferences in recent past]

News monitoring, aggregation and analysis

We help your core team and partners to - stay on top of information in your field; be alerted on news of significance for informed advocacy; increase accountability through unbiased news scanning; access an online archive of issue-specific news; reduce cost by outsourcing this service to us
Our past examples include:

* Daily tobacco news monitoring, aggregation and analysis in India and producing monthly analytical summaries, for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), supported by a Bloomberg grant (individual consultancy with Bobby Ramakant)

* Tuberculosis (TB) news monitoring, aggregation and analysis in high-burden TB countries

* Agriculture and climate change news monitoring, aggregation and analysis for GEAG supported by Oxfam (individual consultancy with Rahul Kumar Dwivedi)

* Diabetes news monitoring, aggregation and analysis in high burden diabetes countries, supported by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) around World Diabetes Day (WDD)

* Gender news monitoring, aggregation and analysis in five south Asian countries

Consulting services

We listen to understand the challenges you work on and come up with customized solutions to enhance your impact. Our core team of experts provide consultancy services - organizationally and individually - on a range of health and development issues

Our past five consultancies include:

- Documenting voices of people with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) or drug susceptible TB in Malaysia and Thailand, for Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance)

- Position paper on Innovations related to trade agreements for European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG)

- Communications campaign and launch of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) data in Uttar Pradesh state of India, for World Health Organization (WHO)

- Online consultation, e-survey and key informant interviews to help The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund) come up with its new strategy for 2012-2017. Our team members from Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia, Russia, India and Dominican Republic worked on this project, which we did with AIDS Portal and led by an independent consultant

- Amplifying advocacy around rectal microbicides and HIV prevention research through our team members from 7 countries in Africa and Asia, for Chicago AIDS Foundation/ International Rectal Microbicides Advocates (IRMA)

Partners we have worked with...

Below are some of the partners Citizen News Service - CNS or its team members have worked with on a range of issues either organizationally or individually. We are grateful to their support.
























and many more!

Who we are...

Solutions is a specialized division of Citizen News Service - CNS dedicated to help health and development agencies by providing cost-effective media and communication related solutions that enhance positive outcomes

In these times of tightening purse strings and competing priorities, it is increasingly becoming critical to get maximum value out of every penny spent. Recognizing this need, Citizen News Service – CNS conceived its Solutions division to provide high quality, strategic, specialized and cost-effective media and communication services within stipulated timelines to health and development agencies globally, through a roster of motivated professionals.

We are good at what we do! We are a team of very motivated, professional and experienced journalists, health writers, editors, translators, and project implementers; and commit to provide excellent services in media and communications to help accelerate the positive changes your organization aspires to bring in and to enhance your brand awareness...

Roster of consultants we work with...

We will soon post more information on the roster of consultants we work with along with their expertise and brief bios. Thanks

Team Solutions

Executive Director
Shobha Shukla
Shobha serves as the Executive Director, and Managing Editor of Citizen News Service (CNS). She is a J2J Fellow of National Press Foundation (NPF) USA. She received her editing training in NBDC Singapore, has worked earlier with State Planning Institute, UP and has earlier taught physics at India's prestigious Loreto Convent. She has authored and edited several publications on issues such as: childhood TB, childhood pneumonia, Hepatitis C, HIV treatment access issues, MDR-TB, women farmers and land rights, gender justice, among others.
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Operations Director
Bobby Ramakant
Bobby manages operations at Solutions division of CNS and writes on health and development for Citizen News Service (CNS). He received the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General’s WNTD Award in 2008, is a member of ICMR Expert Group on HIV/STIs Biomedical Prevention Options, and National Advisory Committee (ACSM) of Central TB Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He is a Fellow of National Press Foundation US, Advocacy Institute US, Falling Walls 2013 & HIV Vaccine 2012. He has earlier worked with Health and Development Networks (HDN) on various positions (2000-2009). His writings have got acknowledged by awards such as WHO Medal (Greece, 1996), Original Crystal Map Honour (Japan, 1998), Pundit PN Misra Young Literary Writer Award (2000), Rotary International’s Vocational Excellence Award (2006), News Blaze Writers' Achievement Award (2010), among others.
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Project Manager
Rahul Kumar Dwivedi
Rahul manages projects at Solutions division of CNS, leads Vote For Health campaign and writes on  health issues for Citizen News Service (CNS). He had co-authored 'Voices from the field on Childhood Pneumonia', 2011 (English, Hindi, Urdu) and 'Hearing the unheard voices: Saving children from TB', 2012 (English). He received CNS Health Fellowship Award on Lung Health (2012) and Scholarship Award of Global Drug Policy Programme, Open Society Institute (OSI). He completed a certificate course on 'The Asian Human Rights and Drug Policy Programme', School of Public Health, Jodhpur National University (2012). He has completed a certificate course on IT and documentation, National Institute of Social Defense, Government of India (2011); has a Masters (Sociology); and a diploma in retail management.
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Project Assistants
Geeta Shukla
Ritesh Arya


CNS is recruiting! [for position of Communications Manager]

Citizen News Service (CNS) specializes in rights-based and in-depth, health and science writing and syndication to print and online media. CNS also manages a dedicated division, Solutions, that provides media and communication services to health and development agencies globally.

POSITION: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
We are looking for experienced people with absolute professional integrity, preferably 55 years or more (younger people are welcome to apply too) for the position of Communications Manager at CNS.

Key responsibilities:
- Perform online (and hardcopy) issue-specific news scanning, aggregation and analysis
- Disseminate CNS content using social media platforms and engage its audience around issues
- Assist in content processing and website management at CNS
- Support communications with CNS Correspondents' Team, CNS fellows, partners and other associates
- Translate Hindi to English and English to Hindi content
- Transcribe audio or video files (in Hindi and/or English)
- Write commissioned news articles on specific health and development issues in Hindi and/or English
- Conduct online or in-person interviews on health and development
- Support communications for Vote For Health campaign and partners
- Maintain consistently high standard of work, punctuality and professional ethics

Requirements:
- Reasonable familiarity with computer and internet usage
- Proficiency in Hindi and English language
- Good English typing speed and quality (knowing Hindi typing is added benefit)
- Understanding of health and development issues
- Minimum 2 years relevant experience with references
- Comfortable in working with flexibility and within tight deadlines
- Should be methodical and detail-oriented

Location:  Lucknow, India

Duration: Preferably 15th February to 31 December 2014 (possibility of contract being renewed)

CNS is committed to gender justice and encourages people of all genders to apply.

How to apply?
If you are interested in being a part of CNS team as a Communications Manager, please send a cover letter and your current CV with sample of relevant work done to: hr@citizen-news.org


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CNS is recruiting! [for position of Communications Officer]

Citizen News Service (CNS) specializes in rights-based and in-depth, health and science writing and syndication to print and online media. CNS also manages a dedicated division, Solutions, that provides media and communication services to health and development agencies globally.

POSITION: COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
We are looking for experienced people with absolute professional integrity, preferably 55 years or more (younger people are welcome to apply too) for the position of Communications Manager at CNS.

Key responsibilities:
- Perform online (and hardcopy) issue-specific news scanning, aggregation and analysis
- Disseminate CNS content using social media platforms and engage its audience around issues
- Assist in content processing and website management at CNS
- Support communications with CNS Correspondents' Team, CNS fellows, partners and other associates
- Translate Hindi to English and English to Hindi content
- Transcribe audio or video files (in Hindi and/or English)
- Write commissioned news articles on specific health and development issues in Hindi and/or English
- Conduct online or in-person interviews on health and development
- Support communications for Vote For Health campaign and partners
- Maintain consistently high standard of work, punctuality and professional ethics

Requirements:
- Reasonable familiarity with computer and internet usage
- Proficiency in Hindi and English language
- Good English typing speed and quality (knowing Hindi typing is added benefit)
- Understanding of health and development issues
- Minimum 2 years relevant experience with references
- Comfortable in working with flexibility and within tight deadlines
- Should be methodical and detail-oriented

Location:  Lucknow, India

Duration: Preferably 15th May to 31 December 2014 (possibility of contract being renewed)

CNS is committed to gender justice and encourages people of all genders to apply.

How to apply?
If you are interested in being a part of CNS team as a Communications Officer, please send a cover letter and your current CV with sample of relevant work done to: hr@citizen-news.org


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