The Weekend Leader.com (TWL) is a pioneer in positive journalism - a one of its kind media venture managed by experienced journalists with a self-imposed mandate to focus primarily on positive news and features. Headquartered in the South Indian city of Chennai, TWL’s vision is global and driven by universal values.
TWL’s Founder Editor P C Vinoj Kumar (born 1969) is an award winning journalist with wide experience in various print and online media. In a journalistic career spanning over a decade and a half, he has reported for a wide range of publications including Sify.com, Mid-Day, Dainik Bhaskar, Meantime and lastly Tehelka. After a five-year stint in Tehelka, a popular weekly and a respected name in Indian media, Vinoj resigned his job in January 2010 to set up TWL, his dream project. In the words of Tehelka’s iconic Editor Tarun Tejpal, Vinoj "always displayed a clear sense of right and wrong, an unwavering allegiance to the exploited and the suffering. A proud moment for him – and Tehelka – was his receiving the Statesman Rural Reporting Award for 2006. Vinoj’s decision to leave and pursue other goals is a great loss for Tehelka."
TWL’s Consulting Editor Sam Rajappa is a journalist with over five decades experience in media. Presently Director of The Statesman Print Journalism School, Kolkata, Sam started his career in journalism in 1960 as a sub-editor with the Free Press Journal in Bombay. In 1962 he joined The Statesman in New Delhi and later moved to Chennai. He was associated with the paper till 2008. In 1980, he took a year’s sabbatical from The Statesman to set up the South Indian network of India Today, and worked as their South India bureau chief based in Bangalore. Again, he took a short break from the paper in 1996 to launch The Andhra Pradesh Times, an English daily published from Hyderabad, as its founder-editor. For about fifteen years, since 1980, Sam was also the BBC’s South India correspondent. He was an adjunct faculty member of the Chennai-based Asian College of Journalism from 2001 to 2007.
TWL's Features Editor Khusbhu Sundar is a popular South Indian film star and television personality.
TWL’s Consulting Photo Editor Senthil Kumaran (born 1977), a software engineer turned lensman, is winner of international awards from UNESCO, Nat Geo, WWF, City Magazine and Photo Life Magazine. In 2007, he won London based Royal Geographic Society’s prestigious Geographical Photographer of the year award. His photographs have appeared in leading Indian publications such as India Today, Outlook and Tehelka.
Positive Action Programmes
Apart from its journalistic vision, TWL has plans to engage in various social initiatives such as organising leadership and motivational programmes for youth from lower income groups, and work in the fields of environmental conservation and restoration.
Patron | Corporate | Institutional Supporters
Individuals, Corporates, and Institutions who wish to support TWL’s Positive Journalism and Positive Social Action Programmes are inducted as TWL’s Patron | Corporate | Institutional Supporters.
In the US, Rikin Gandhi aspired to be an astronaut but landed in the pastoral fields of India to develop Digital Green, an initiative that helps farmers. He now feels “people can choose agriculture and be prosperous.” Partho Burman reports
In a government school in Tamil Nadu, students are not just taught but trained to be achievers. Like a potter churning vessels from clay, the headmaster M Karunanithi shapes children from poor homes for big things. P C Vinoj Kumar checks out
The Roti Bank, started by Tara Patkar and few others, has brought down begging in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region. Narendra Kaushik tells us the story of the journalist-turned social activist who is changing the lives of the local people
Do you know Jitendra and Bipin Chauhan? Well, you will if we introduce them as the Prime Minister’s personal tailors. The brothers, however, came up the hard way after their father suddenly took to sanyas. P C Vinoj Kumar has their life story
Preserving a dying tradition of story-telling in this digital age, Deepa Kiran enthralls people, mainly school children, with her multiple skills. S Sainath profiles the woman from Hyderabad who can explain the power of 2 using a chessboard
A school teacher from Rajasthan was toasted by the Prime Minister at the Wembley Stadium during his UK visit. Partho Burman has the story of the self-taught Imran Khan who has developed 54 education apps, besides some websites, all for free
A matchstick factory sacked him when he joined the communist party and fought for employee rights, but VKC Mammed Koya, a class seven dropout went on to build a footwear brand that’s now making Rs 1500 crore turnover, says Renitha Raveendran
In the family that names children after freedom fighters, it was natural that he was called Gangadhara Tilak. But he continued the tradition of being a do-gooder, filling up potholes on roads, spending his own money and time, says S Sainath
Boatman Sheikh Lalchand of Kulia village in Howrah district has singlehandedly built a bamboo bridge across River Mudeswari, connecting people of three panchayats with the mainland. And the bridge has been rightly named after him, says G Singh