Young Indians are dropping out of college, their IIT aspirations turning to dust and many are now in de-addiction centres. The story is about growing smartphone dependency in India.
The story started the conversation around the use of mobile phones. It also led to more follow ups in other newsrooms.
Interviews, Experts on record, data and ground reporting
Context about the project:
Since mobile phones have become the most intimate partner in everyone’s life, it was difficult for them to open up to a journalist and shareThemost private details.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
When I started working on the story, the data was vague and I had no idea how it would turn out. But my findings were seconded by experts and they reached out to me. I think we should entirely depend on private institutions or government agencies to tell us about a subject. Sometimes, our stories should alert the authorities and experts to look at the alarming trends and open data.