Category Archives: News and Events

… may please treat this as a personal invitation

The names of the key engineers who demolished the great wall in Indian journalism—the proprietors, the publishers, the brand managers, the spineless editors and journalists who refused to stand up to the advertiesrs and space sellers—are missing from the gabfest of the Foundation for Media Professionals. Were they not invited? Or did they decline to…

Knight News Challenge: Win upto Rs 25 crore

NEWS RELEASE: The John F. and James L. Knight Foundation has extended upto 15 December 2009, the deadline for the the global Knight News Challenge that awards up to $5 million (approximately Rs 25 crore) for ideas that use digital experiments to transform community news. The Knight News Challenge is open to innovators worldwide and…

Prisoners without a name, cells without a number

Outlook special correspondent Amba Batra Bakshi and Indian Express principal photographer Renuka Puri join hands to bring home the life and lives of the women behind the walls of the largest complex of prisons in South Asia, Tihar. *Also read: Prisoner without a name, cell without a number Tehelka: Hard time tales Business Standard: Life…

It’s all official about the return of Sanjaya Baru

For days and weeks, New Delhi was abuzz with rumours of the return of Sanjaya Baru (in picture). Would he go back to the Prime Minister’s Office, where he had served as media advisor? Would he be sent to the Planning Commission? Would he be in charge of programme implementation? Well, it turns out he…

Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach?

A number of Indian media houses have set up media schools over the years, partly to give something back to the profession, partly because they think existing journalism schools do not turn out recruitment-ready products, but largely to ensure a steady inflow of journalists at a time of heightened competition when everybody is poaching. The…

Daniel Pearl Awards for investigative journalism

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is inviting entries for the Daniel Pearl Awards, named for the Wall Street Journal reporter killed in 2002 in Pakistan. The Awards recognize and promote cross-border investigations that involve reporting in at least two countries on a topic of world importance. The competition is open to professional journalists…

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism awards

The Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation is inviting entries for the 2008 Excellence in Journalism awards. The awards are open for both print and broadcast journalists in 17 categories with cash prizes and scholarships on offer. The last date for entries is 31 August 2009. Visit http://www.expressindia.com/rngf for further details. Email: rngf@expressindia.com Also read: 2009 India…

Entries invited for 2009 India Press Photo awards

The Ramnath Goenka Memorial Foundation, named after the founder of the Indian Express group, is inviting entries for the 2009 India Press Photo awards for excellence in photo journalism. There are five prizes on offer. The picture of the year will get Rs 1.5 lakh, and the best pictures for spot news, general news, sports,…

2 new biz publications in 4 days of Cong win

New business publications are raining in India after the unexpected scale of triumph of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in the general elections on May 16. On Monday, May 18, the Indian facsimile edition of The Wall Street Journal was launched in association with the Indian Express group with long-time WSJ man Suman Dubey at…

Martha Gellhorn Prize open to Indian journos

The Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism, considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world of journalism, is open to candidates from English-speaking countries outside the UK and USA from this year. In other words, Indian journalists can apply. The winner of the prize, awarded annually by the Martha Gellhorn Trust to “a…

‘No better time to enter journalism than now’

Indian Express editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta (in picture, left) has said there couldn’t be a more exciting time to enter journalism than the present one. Delivering the convocation address to the Class of 2009 at the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media in Bangalore on Saturday, he predicted that the present crisis in the media…

Time to listen for the graduating class of 2009

# Shekhar Gupta, editor-in-chief, The Indian Express, delivers the convocation address to the graduating class of 2009, at the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore, on Saturday, May 2. Time: 10.30 am. # Kumar Shahani, film-maker and thinker, contemplates on ‘To Make Sense’ at the convocation of the class of 2009 of…

Seminar on managing newsrooms in crisis times

How to manage a news organisation in a recession? How to make the best use of depleted resources and revenues? How to find new revenue streams in online and mobile digital platforms? How to design and integrate newsrooms for the multimedia era? Those are some of the big questions facing global media today, and Innovation…

A businessman behind an iconic common man

India’s greatest cartoonist, Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman aka R.K. Laxman, inaugurates an exhibition of his work at the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in Bangalore on Friday. Wheeling the legendary Times of India linesman, at right, is ‘Master’ Manjunath, the boy who played “Swami” in the television show Malgudi Days, based on Laxman’s brother, R.K. Narayan‘s famous…

World Association of Newspapers congress put off

The annual congress of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), scheduled to be held in recession-hit, scam-hit Hyderabad in March this year, has been put off to the end of the year. According to one report, the meeting was postponed to due to low registration. “The economic crisis has had a devastating effect on participation…

‘Who is to blame for media hysteria on terror?’

PRESS RELEASE: The Delhi-based Foundation for Media Professionals (FMP) has organised a panel discussion on “Who is to blame for media hysteria on terror? Journalists or viewers?— Lessons from the Bombay Siege” on Friday, December 12 at 3 pm at the Press Club of India on Raisina Road. Speakers include Vinod Mehta, Rajdeep Sardesai, Mahesh…

Past, present, future of civic/citizen journalism

NEWS RELEASE: What should the modern press do to reengage with its communities? How do principles and practices from the public journalism movement address that need? How could representative journalism work? What are some newer media formats being used by hyperlocal journalists? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at three 75-minute…

Award for reporting on victims of armed violence

The Press Institute of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross have announced the creation of the PII-ICRC awards for reporting on the fate of victims in situations of armed violence. The article, or a series of articles on a single theme, should have been published in an Indian national or regional newspaper…