Pallavi Goorha writes on exchange4media.com:
"Merinews.com looks ahead in 2007 with more interactive content and citizen participation."
"Vipuk Kant Upadhyay, founder and editor-in-chief explains: "I started this concept of citizen journalism portal last year in May. We went live in June. I started this portal as I felt there was lot of vacuum in the Internet space. We have around 800 citizens of the country who are contributing on the site [...] It has been quite good. We get two and half lakh hits (equals 250.000 hits) per day and 10,000 unique visitors ..."
From Merinews about statement:
"Merinews is a common platform to share news and debate over views and opinions. It is India’s first news portal based on the concept of Citizen Journalism where every citizen can be a prospective reporter. It takes essentials from both media – the Internet and conventional journalism – and tries to dissolve the hierarchical line between the journalist and the reader ..."
'meri' - in Hindi - means 'my'