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Vice Media and Dentsu Webchutney reconnect Kashmiris to the world with news in 8-bit

They combined technology and launched teletext news portal: The 8-Bit Journo. Relevant news stories that were missed out on over the last 110 days were converted into teletext and dispatched to Kashmiris through SMS, the moment the service started in Jammu & Kashmir

There is a sense of anxiety, a sense of curiosity when you have no access to internet for 10 minutes. In an era where FOMO (fear of missing out) is a major concern for youth, missing out on the world’s latest happenings is the worst thing. This is what the youth of Kashmir went through every day for 110 days straight.

On August 5, 2019, Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was revoked. This was followed by a complete communication blackout, leaving the youth of Kashmir in a state of complete information darkness.

Youth media company Vice Media, along with Dentsu Webchutney, the digital agency from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN), combined technology and launched the world’s first teletext news portal: The 8-Bit Journo. Relevant news stories that Kashmiris had missed out on over the last 110 days were converted into teletext and dispatched to lakhs of Kashmiris through SMS, the moment the service started in Jammu & Kashmir.

News stories with cultural relevance to youth were carefully curated and then converted into visually impactful pieces with the objective to facilitate a faster integration of Kashmiris back into the global fold. 

An introductory message was sent, inviting people to subscribe to the 8-bit Journo and access headlines across the globe. Once subscribed, a story was automatically pushed out to them each day.

The 8-Bit Journo video:  

Sarvesh Jasuja

Sarvesh Jasuja, Sr. Growth Manager-APAC, Vice Media, said, “Vice has always represented the voice of the youth — uncovering and understanding complex situations around the world through the lens of young people on the ground. This project is exactly the kind of thing that motivates us — to be able to share inspiring, meaningful or even just light-hearted irreverent stories, to bring moments of connection into the lives of those who are feeling disconnected.”

Aalap Desai

Aalap Desai, Executive Creative Director, Dentsu Webchutney, added, “Necessity is the mother of invention. In today’s day and age we cannot imagine a world without the internet. We would not just be devoid of information but also the essential human connection that we all need. The purpose of digital is to add back to human lives. So while sometimes you go forward in looking for futuristic tech to work on, you also need to go backwards to solve a problem; and that is what we exactly did.”


Vice Media Team

Sr. Growth Manager, Vice APAC: Sarvesh Jasuja

Editor-inChief, Vice APAC: Natashya Gutierrez  

Audience Growth Manager: Pratik Patra

Associate Editor: Dhvani Solani

Staff Writer: Pallavi Pundir

Staff Writer: Shamani Joshi

Dentsu Webchutney Team

EVP & Branch Head: Nishi Kant

Executive Creative Director: Aalap Desai

Senior Vice-President: Harsh Shah

AVP Strategy: Pragati Rana

Creative Director (Copy): Yash Kulshresth

Creative Director (Art): Ananda Sen

Senior Brand Strategist: Rohit Nair

Account Director: Rumi Behramkamdin

Group Head Copy: Sonia Gupta

Group Head Art: Aabhaas Shreshtha

Sr. Copywriter: Anirudh Venugopal

Sr. Visualiser: Devdutt Viz

Sr. Motion Graphic Artist: Sahil Chauhan

Associate Account Manager: Esha Bhivandker

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