Meet India Currents Foundation, a recipient of this year’s Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant, and learn more about their funded project.

For more information about the FJP Community Network, visit: https://facebookjournalismproject.com/programs/community-network/

The Funded Project:

To address a lack of major candidate availability for the Asian-American community, India Currents will partner with Ethnic Media Services to host briefings with 2020 Presidential Democratic candidates and Asian-American elected officials. By expanding ethnic media access to candidates through conversations on key issues, voters from minority communities can make informed choices about who should represent them in the next elections.

In Their Own Words:

Conversations with Candidates: a series of video/telebriefings to increase minority media’s access to political candidates and leaders.

The fact that “71% of Asian-Americans never get messaged by either political party,” even as more Asian-Americans enter the political arena, is because ethnic media outlets lack access to candidates and visibility as a key bridge to diverse voting populations.

India Currents is working to close this gap by partnering with Ethnic Media Services to launch “Conversations with Candidates,” a series of ten telebriefings in which reporters from minority communities can participate and ask questions, pertinent to their audience, of 2020 Democratic candidates as well as Asian-American leaders holding political office. By expanding ethnic media access to candidates through conversations on key issues, voters from minority communities can make informed choices about who should represent them in the next elections.

India Currents aims to boost its readership, sponsorship, and advertising revenue, through “Conversations with Candidates,” by generating a deeper understanding of the processes and people that are re-shaping America and its culture.

The written, video, and audio reports that evolve from briefings are expected to stimulate community interest and create a more informed and engaged voting bloc.

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