Groundviews was one of the very first online platforms which provided citizens of Sri Lanka an access point to express and pen their thoughts and perspectives, facilitating discussions in conflict zones, calling attention to humanitarian agencies and providing information about the actual ground reality.
Their has been to demonstrate, by example, that citizen journalism can enable civil, progressive and inclusive discussions on democracy, rights, governance and peace in Sri Lanka.
Groundviews was set up under the Voices of Reconciliation Project and has been acting as a forum for critical debate, expressions which probably would have been lost somewhere and would have not been able to come out in the mainstream media in Sri Lanka if it would have not been brought out to public by Groundviews.
Groundviews has been recognised internationally in the field journalism and media and is the first and only civil society and media web initiative in Sri Lanka to have won a competitive International award for excellence in journalism and media, an Award of Excellence in New Communications from the Society for New Communications Research awarded to Groundviews in 2007. An article in Colombo Telegraph states about guidelines issued by Groundviews to its contributors is, “The tone we seek in our online discussions is closer to the kind of collegial exchange you’d share with someone from your workplace, group of friends or home. That means focusing on the substance of arguments as opposed to their presenters.
Groundviews has also won the prestigious Manthan Award South Asia in 2009 and the grand jury’s during their evaluation remarked Groundviews by saying, “What no media dares to report, Groundviews publicly exposes. It’s a new age media for a new Sri Lanka… Free media at it’s very best!” A statement in the annual report 2013 on the global media of Freedom House noted Groundviews by stating, “Web-based media and blogs have taken on a growing role in the overall media environment, and with outlets such as Groundviews and Vikalpa providing news and a range of commentary, even on sensitive stories and events that are barely covered by the mainstream media.”
The work of Groundviews has been republished in the New York Times and the BBC, and also the other renown local and international media sites. It has been ranked as Sri Lanka's first and award winning citizens journalism website.
You can also follow Groundviews Facebook and Twitter feeds for all the new updates and on-going events in Sri Lanka.