Anmol Malhotra, a 24-year-old lawyer, launched Newsahoot, an online news portal that tailors news to children, so they too can see the real world unfolding around them.
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The ed-tech startup breaks down the complex topics that dominate headlines and turns them into engaging pieces to cater to three levels – beginner (8-10 years old), intermediate (10-12 years old), and advanced (12+ years old). Newsahoot publishes just one article a day, six days a week, on the most relevant news, whether it’s the political crisis in Maharashtra or the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The website also defines complex words, which helps build children’s vocabulary based on their reading level. The article of the day is usually published around 4 p.m. and subscribers are notified via WhatsApp.
On how he came up with the idea of starting an information portal for children, Malhotra, an alumnus of St John’s High School, Chandigarh, and Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala, says: ” In recent years, there has been a rise in communalism, violence and fake news across the world. Traditional news outlets often present news in a way that is not necessarily age-appropriate. I have been an avid news follower for some time and have also taught children which gave me the idea to start Newsahoot.
“We onboarded 30 children for our beta program in May and had a good response from parents. One said his son had asked his older siblings if they knew what the NATO, while another said the news had become a table conversation,” he says.
Malhotra, who currently works with a team of five, plans to eventually turn the portal into an app-only service. “It will help us be more accessible to our target audience,” he says.