Posted by: Tanmoy Chakrabarti | July 29, 2012

Dunedin newsreaders

The other day came to know about a group of old people from Dunedin mostly aged between 85-100 years old, who read newspapers for people who cannot read papers.  These good sorts are volunteers and subscribe to that morning newspapers themselves. They call a common number (belonging to a organisation for the visually impaired) and record their newspaper readings in a personalized voice (saying their names), describing everything from photos to quizzes and listing everything.  The visually impaired dial the number and listen to the news whenever they want to.

There are news readers in the group who have been doing this for nearly 40 years now.

Brilliant. I never knew anyone who would even think of doing such things.



  1. Truly heartwarming, Tanmoy. I wish I could see more people doing the same sort of thing in this country, and fewer people having ‘fun’ teasing, mocking, cheating, bullying and otherwise hurting one another. Good for you that you keep looking for people who make conscious, regular efforts to make the act of living life easier and more enjoyable for one another.

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