We are an online impact journalism platform. Our focus is on the five southern states in India – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. We are a group of seasoned journalists who dig deep into social issues in an effort to push the authorities to rectify them. We are unbiased, neutral and provide voice to every side of any story.

We work in the areas of healthcare, migrant issues, women empowerment, human rights, child rights, environment and caste-based discrimination, amongst others. We cover politics in a meaningful way, so that you, the reader is able to understand how politicians and policies affect people. We expose corruption. We seek the truth incessantly. Above all, we seek impact.

We are building The Lede into a journalistic organisation that will be respected for its factual and nuanced approach to journalism as well as an organisation to be feared by those who abuse power.

Our long term goal is to create a large network of like-minded journalists who will work fearlessly and honestly towards creating a better society.

The Journey of The Lede

The Lede was begun in March 2016 by Sandhya Ravishankar who was then a freelance journalist. As online portals based in India began getting popular and garnering funds, there was hunger for journalistic content from the southern states where freelancers were few.

As a result, The Lede team came together, a group of fellow journalists who had quit mainstream to maintain credibility in their work, and The Lede turned into a syndicate of sorts for newspapers and online portals. The Lede has written for various publications including The Hindu, Hindustan Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera online, The Economic Times, Scroll.in, The Wire, Firstpost and others.

In 2018, The Lede team decided to launch their own publication online. And here we are!