Announcing Noopur Raval as Consultant, Wikimedia Foundation (India Program, Communications)
cross-posting to reach pan-community; apologies if you have already read this from another list.
I am pleased to announce that Noopur Raval ([User:Noopur28] has been selected as Consultant to the
Wikimedia Foundation, and will support Communications for India Program.
This position will perform 4 key functions. Firstly, it will support communications with our community.
This involves a regular set of updates (such as newsletters) as well as specific communication projects
such as story-telling of local community initiatives (to document experiences, celebrate successes
and cross-pollinate ideas.) This is not for day-to-day program communications - which is a core part of
each of our responsibilities in the India Program team. Second will be to support media & PR for local
community initiatives. The single biggest challenge here will to be get more Indic language media
coverage to support community building efforts. This will be done directly with community members and
also in co-ordination with the India Chapter's Communications Media & PR team. T
he third aspect is to build and expand existing community social networks (such as WikimediaIndia on
facebook) and to help with the use of social networks to support community building. Lastly, there is
untapped potential of using digital outreach - to augment existing physical outreach efforts. We need to
(very, very carefully) explore if we can reach out to our large and growing reader base and inform,
encourage and enable them to become editors using online channels and resources.
Noopur is a community member and has supported outreach activities (in Ahmedabad & Delhi), is a member of
Delhi SIG of the Chapter, has participated in community collaborations like Collaboration of the Month
and has been actively trying to start GLAM in India.
Noopur is from Gandhinagar and is graduating from JNU with a Master's in Arts & Aesthetics. She has a triple
honors Bachelor's in Media Studies, Literature and Psychology from Christ College, Bangalore. She has
interned with Radio Mirchi, Times of India and the Centre for Internet & Society (amongst others) - as well
as done some teaching assignments. She is an active blogger (including for the India Art Summit, 2011.)
She has published a novella and co-authored an anthology of poems, plays & short stories and has