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NBA workshop on media and development

PRESS RELEASE: Sarvodaya Press Service, Indore, Vikas Samwad, Bhopal, and the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) have jointly organised the “Sanjay Sangvai Memorial Consultation on Media and Development” at Badwani, Madhya Pradesh, from May 21-23. The tentative outline of the programme includes: 1) Current Paradigm of Development: Issues relating to big dams and water management; land…

Announcement: Vinod Mehta in Bangalore

PRESS RELEASE: Vinod Mehta, editor-in-chief of Outlook magazine, is to deliver the convocation address to the graduating class of 2008 at the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore, on Saturday, 3 May 2008, according to a press release from associate dean, Kanchan Kaur. The time is 10.30 am. The location: IIJNM, opposite…

P. Sainath lecture on media in Bangalore

P. Sainath, the Magsaysay Award winning rural affairs editor of The Hindu, will deliver a lecture on the media in Bangalore on Thursday, 27 March 2008. The lecture has been organised by the cultural tabloid Janashakti. The venue is the Senate hall of Central College. The time is 4 pm. Also read: ‘A media politically…

Ramnath Goenka Journalism Awards

The Ramnath Goenka Foundation is inviting entries for the third annual Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. India’s biggest media awards, with 23 categories and over Rs 25 lakh as prize money, has added one more category, Excellence in Civic Journalism, this year. The awards will be for the following categories: Journalist of the Year…

Entries invited for Miskloc cine festival

MEDIA RELEASE: Do you really feel that filmmaking is the most splendid activity of the world? Would you gladly meet people who have the same hobby; would you watch movies with pleasure; would you happily get new acquaintances, and would you really measure your strength in filmmaking with somebody? Films, exhibitions, performances, discussions. Do what…

‘Because we are all cartoons drawn by God’

In the land of the Indian Institute of Science, the Indian Institute of Management, and the Indian Institute of Information Technology, the nascent Indian Institute of Cartoonists throws open a gallery of cartoons, “to promote the art of cartooning in India.” View the video here: India’s first cartoon gallery

Entries invited for $15,000 journalism prize

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” So said the French political philosopher, journalist and politician Frédéric Bastiat (1801–50). Now there is a prize named after him, worth $15,000, open to all published writers around the world. But the deadline is just a couple of…

BBC contest for photographer of the year

BBC News is conducting its annual summer photography competition with six specific themes: blue, hidden, concentration, look down, heritage, and time. Each participant can submit upto three entries per category. The two photographers who get the most reader votes will go forward to the final and one of them will be awarded the title of…

All the questions you didn’t know who to ask

What is news? How is the digital age influencing newspapers? Can free papers be quality newspapers? Will a freebie a day keep other papers at bay? What print can learn from web design? How should newsrooms be designed for the digital age? Questions (and answers) from the 14th World Editors’ Forum.

A new magazine on the stands: Urban Voice

SUNIL K. POOLANI writes: This is to inform you that the literary magazine that we were planning, Urban Voice, is just out. The first issue has contributions from: O.V. Vijayan, Anand Patwardhan, Ramachandra Guha, Derek Bose, Robert McCrum, Shashi Tharoor, Margo Hammond, George Orwell, Anil Nair, Suma Josson, Zainab Kakal, Deepa Agarwal, Meena Kandasamy, Sudeep…

A hit below the green belt: Cartoon exhibition

On World Environment Day tomorrow, June 5, a cartoon exhibition and interactive session has been organised at 6 pm at Koshy’s Chillout, adjacent to Koshy’s restaurant, on St. Mark’s Road in Bangalore. K.N. Balraj (phone 99007-22004) will exhibit cartoons on the environment and wildlife. And Indian Institute of Science researcher H.S. Sudhira will present new…

Arundhati Roy on media and communalism

Booker Prize winning author and activist Arundhati Roy is to take part in a national seminar on “Media and Communalism” to be held in Mangalore on Saturday, May 19. The seminar will bring up the rear on a two-day workshop on the same subject aimed at focusing “the need for the media to promote communal…

Talk: Was Basavanna a Brahmin or a Maadiga?

GAURI LANKESH writes: “Samvada Vedike” has organised  a talk today (Thursday, May 10) on the book ‘Anu deva horaganavanu‘ by its author, Banjagere Jayaprakash. The book makes the controversial claim that Basavanna, the 12th century reformer, was not a Brahmin but a lower caste maadiga. Prof. Chandrashekar Patil (Champa), president, Kannada Sahitya Parishat; Dr. L.…

All it takes to split a family is an opinion poll

Political parties built around dynasties, businesses built using political power, political families with media muscle, and vice-versa, are all individually explosive, even if slightly fragile, things. Together, though, they are pure dynamite, and that is what Tamil Nadu is showing today. Two Three employees of the Sun TV network have been burnt to death, and…

‘Development is doing, not just knowing’

NAGESH HEGDE alerts us to an interaction with Gerson da Cunha being organised by Communication for Development and Learning, Bangalore, on Friday, March 16. The occasion is CDL’s completion of ten years in development communication. Da Cunha will speak on “Development is doing, not just knowing.” Prof Ashoke Chatterjee, former director, National Institute of Design, …