Pratiba Raman: Ground reporting, breaking news and adapting to digital technology
After graduating in Mass Communication from COMMITS in Bengaluru, Pratiba Raman was recruited as a correspondent by the Times of India to report news and present views. In a span of 13 years, her love for the job and her passion for storytelling helped her walk through the halls of print, broadcast and digital (online) media.
Having worked with NDTV and India Today and gaining substantial exposure to responsible journalism, she completed her recent stint with Asianet News Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd, where she helped build the editorial strategy, creating and cultivating content for two national websites.
After stepping down as the editorial head of Asianet News Media and Entertainment Pvt Ltd in June, she forayed into the world of freelance, where she is constantly engaged with India Today and Amazon Prime, handling research and delivery of various creative assets involving a crime series.
Her motto is to charge youngsters with cultivating an interest in news and awareness of important issues that impact lives.
Aarti Mundkur: Identifying and dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace
Aarti Mundkur is a practising lawyer in Bangalore, having got her degree in law from Bangalore University. She also holds a Masters in social work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay.
She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at National Law School of India, University, Bangalore.
Aarti is a founder member of the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore- a non-profit society that integrates litigation with critical research, alternative dispute resolution, pedagogic interventions and more generally maintaining sustained legal interventions in various social issues, where she worked for 13 years before setting up her own practice. While at ALF, Aarti mainly worked in the broad area of women and violence.
She has served as a member of the Juvenile Justice Board, Bangalore.
- Has been part of several consultations on amendments to Juvenile Justice Act.
- part of the nationwide consultations on the amendment to sexual assault law.
- part of the drafting and recommending committee on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Kalyan Varna: Aiming for the perfect shot
Kalyan Varma is an Emmy nominated wildlife filmmaker, photographer and conservationist specialising in environment, ecology and conservation in India. He has worked on many landmark blue-chip wildlife series for the BBC and National Geographic channel. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic, Nature, Guardian, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Lonely Planet and other magazines.
Kalyan is actively involved in fostering community among photographers and wildlife conservationists. In 2004 he, along with a team of photographers, founded India Nature watch, an online community which now has become the largest platform for wildlife photographers in Asia. In 2015, he co-founded the slow-journalism initiative the Peepli project, which delves deep into unreported, under-reported themes. He is one of the co-founders of Nature InFocus, an annual festival focussed on nature photography and conservation.
He collaborates with wildlife scientists, conservationists, policymakers, activists and educators on conservation action, activism, documentation, books and film projects. Kalyan is an honorary associate with Nature Conservation Foundation.
He is the recipient of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for Plants category, best in Animal behaviour in Poral el Planeta and Sanctuary ‘Wildlife Photographer of the year' award.
Kalyan hopes to combine an artist’s eye with a journalist’s curiosity and sense of storytelling in his visual style, resulting in a body of work which he hopes will inspire the viewer to discover more.
Ashwini N. V: Recognizing and dealing with emotional abuse
Ashwini N.V is the founder-director of Muktha Foundation, an organization committed to the prevention of interpersonal abuse and promotion of mental health. Previously, she was a faculty member in the Post Graduate Department of Psychological Counselling/Psychology at Montfort College, and Jain University, Bangalore. She is a counselling psychologist with practice and research interest in the area of intervention and prevention of interpersonal violence such as intimate partner violence, child abuse, bullying etc.
She was recognized as one of the '100 leaders under 30’ from across the globe for her idea titled ‘FOCUS formula to foster mental health in low and middle-income countries’ at St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland in May 2015. Muktha Foundation was appreciated by Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner for its collaboration with Young Indians of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for the Project - Masoom, a nation-wide initiative to prevent child sexual abuse in September 2017. She is the recipient of Rotary Bangalore’s Vocational Service Award 2018-19 for her work in the area of training and promotion of mental health.
In the year 2019, she directed a campaign titled ‘Child Safety, National Priority’ where she travelled non-stop 90 days from January 1st to April 1st, 2019 to all the 29 states and 3 union territories to conduct over 150+ training sessions on ‘Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse’, thereby becoming the first person to have done this in the country.
Rajesh Ramachandran: Through the eyes of a reporter
Rajesh Ramachandran is the Editor of The Tribune, Chandigarh, one of the oldest newspapers of the country and a former Editor-in-Chief of the national news magazine, Outlook. For about 25 years he has worked with some of India’s largest publications and a TV channel in Delhi, reporting war, insurgency, politics and government affairs.
Ramachandran’s political analysis and commentary appear in his regular column nous indica in The Tribune. Earlier, his column polibelly used to appear in The Economic Times. As a reporter, Ramachandran had covered the Kargil war for Hindustan Times; broken the coffin scam for The Times of India; and had extensively reported on the Maoist insurgency and the last Eelam war for NDTV.
Martyrdom to Freedom: 100 Years of Jallianwala Bagh is Ramachandran’s first book. He has edited this volume of essays on the centenary of the massacre by top Indian historians and it also has precious archival material from The Tribune - the only nationalist newspaper to have reported and investigated the massacre through the decades.
Abhijit Sudhakar: Keep it Short
Abhijit Sudhakar is an engineer by degree. He started his journey as a filmmaker by interning under Prakash Belwadi, a national award-winning director, on a TV series. He then joined Nirvana films as an intern and soon moved to the role of a post-production supervisor, before becoming the director’s assistant to Prakash Varma. Some notable campaigns he worked on include the Vodafone pug commercials, Incredible India and the Zoozoos.
His short films have won several accolades at various short film festivals in India. He has directed more than 100 ads for brands such as Cadburys, Bluestar, Perfetti, Ambipur, Axe, Brittannia, Grofers, Idea, Flipkart etc.
He currently co-owns the production house ZigZag Films, with Anupama Ahluwalia.
Dr. Shekhar Seshadri: Adapting to mental health challenges during uncertain times
Shekhar P. Seshadri is a psychiatrist and a professor of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in NIMHANS, Bangalore, India. He has been associated with numerous mental health initiatives for decades. He has co-authored two books and has also written chapters as a guest author. He is known for his research work in life skills training, child sexual abuse, masculinity, women's mental health issues, and sexual minorities.
Prof. Seshadri will talk about the mental health challenges that arise during times of uncertainty such as this, and how one can adapt to these changes.
Bageshree S: Newsrooms and the New Normal
Ms Bageshree S is the Associate Editor at The Hindu.
She began her career with Deccan Herald, bringing out supplements like Sunday Herald, Articulations and the Deccan Herald Spectrum. She moved to The Times of India and later to The Hindu, and covered various path breaking stories. She has played a key role in making The Hindu paper's coverage of Karnataka more relevant, making it a leader in the state's news market. Currently, she heads the paper's Bangalore editorial operations as the Associate Editor.
Ms Bageshree will talk about how newsrooms function in the new normal, focusing on how, around the world, they have had to adapt and reinvent themselves to adjust to the new reality, keeping the safety of their employees and the time constraint to do so in mind. Bringing out news reports from accurate sources with timely updates in the current infodemic has also been a challenge - how have newsrooms reacted to and adapted to these changes?
Nidhi Razdan: Government Accountability and the Pandemic (Closed Door)
*This is a closed-door talk for NSoJ students, faculty, alumni and guests by invitation. If you have not received a personal invitation to attend this talk, you may still register here, and we will send you the highlights of the talk in due course.
Nidhi Razdan is an Indian journalist and a television personality. She is the executive editor of NDTV and is the primary anchor of NDTV 24x7 news show Left, Right & Centre. She has reported on a wide range of key political, economic, and social stories from the Indian subcontinent, covering Indian politics and foreign affairs closely, including the India-US nuclear deal, general elections, several state elections, all major news developments and elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the earthquakes in Gujarat in 2001 and Kashmir in 2005.
She has made documentaries from Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Tibet and the United Kingdom after the train bombings. She has also written a book titled Left, Right and Centre: The Idea of India. Razdan was awarded the Ramnath Goenka for excellence in Journalism for reporting from Jammu and Kashmir and North-East India. She has also received the Jammu and Kashmir State government award for her excellence in journalism.
NDTV won the IPI award for Excellence in Journalism, 2019, for its coverage of the rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua and the aftermath. The reporting was anchored by Nidhi Razdan.
NSoJ Conversations: Rebuilding India's Enterprises - Public Policy Responses
Dr Alexander Thomas (President, Association of Healthcare Providers India - AHPI), Augustus Azariah (HR Head, IBM India) and Manu Seshadri (Managing Partner, MSA) will be in conversation at NSoJ to discuss public policy responses to rebuilding India's enterprises, with a special focus on the healthcare, IT and SME sectors in India. The discussion will be moderated by Saswati Chakravarti (ex- ET editor) and Timothy Franklyn (NSoJ founder).
Nick Couldry: Remembering Journalism's Public Rationale: Media and Public Policy Responses to Covid
Nick Couldry is a sociologist of media and culture. He is Professor of Media Communications and Social Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and from 2017 has been a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
In fall 2018 he was also a Visiting Professor at MIT. He jointly led, with Clemencia Rodriguez, the chapter on media and communications in the 22 chapters 2018 report of the International Panel on Social Progress. He is the author/editor of fourteen books including The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Andreas Hepp, Polity, 2016), Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (Polity 2012) and Why Voice Matters (Sage 2010). His latest books are The Costs of Connection and Media: Why It Matters (Polity: October 2019
Raghava KK speaks at NSoJ
Raghava KK is a renowned international artist, creativity expert, tech entrepreneur and five-time TED speaker named by CNN as one of 10 most remarkable people (2010). He was inducted into the National Geographic Society as an Emerging Explorer for bringing together Science, Art, and Technology in the field of exploration in 2013.
Political Union Discussion: Citizenship Amendment Act
Rising tensions across the country have thrown up several questions about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. We seek answers to questions such as what the CAA means for the country and whether it is just a misunderstood humanitarian law. Panellists include Vikram Phadke (practising advocate), Aarti Mundkur (practising lawyer, founder-member of Alternative Law Forum) and Samar Halarnkar (reporter, columnist, former editor of Factchecker.in and IndiaSpend.org)
Open House 2019: Pursuing Careers in Media
Panel Discussion on pursuing careers in media, featuring leading journalists and media persons, such as - M. Baba Prasad (Former Editor at The Hindu, Bangalore), Maya Sharma (Reporter and Executive Editor - South at NDTV, Bengaluru), Suresh Menon (Sports journalist, author and former editor of Indian Express), Dipti Kumar (Director for Digital Engagement, U.S. Consulate General Chennai), Pinky Chandran (Co-Founder of Radio Active 90.4) and Ashish Chandra Sen (Independent media consultant and journalist).
Panel Discussion on Sports Betting
Panel discussion "Legalizing Sports Betting in India" to discuss the moral, societal and economic issues of sports betting. Panellists include Nandan Kamath (Sports lawyer), Sharan Kumar (horse racing journalist), and Vedam Jaishankar (sports journalist and NSoJ faculty member).
Laxmi Murthy: Ground Report on Kashmir's Information Blockade
A closed-door session with Laxmi Murthy of the Free Speech Collective / Network of Women in Media. Veteran journalist Laxmi Murthy will present her ground report on the information shutdown in place in Kashmir since August 5, 2019, co-produced with Geeta Seshu titled, "News Behind The Barbed Wire: Kashmir's Information Blockade"
Kanhaiya Kumar speaks at NSoJ
Our Keynote speaker for this year's Slant is Dr. Kanhaiya Kumar, former National leader of the All India Students Federation and presently, the National Executive Council member of Communist Party of India.
Francesca Folda: Solutions Journalism
“Journalism’s fight now is against fake news” - Francesca Folda, director of Global Communication, Amani Institute and former Editor-in-Chief, Sky.it (Sky Italia). Ms Folda has been working for about ten years as an investigative journalist. She is a member of the Ashoka Italia Advisory Board and Visiting Faculty at the School of Journalism at Università Statale in Milan.
Malavika Prasad: Abrogation of Article 370
Closed-door interaction with constitutional law scholar and newspaper columnist, Malavika Prasad on the legality of (i) the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution; (ii) the division of the erstwhile state of J&K into two Union Territories; and (iii) the shut down of communications in J&K.
Brijesh Kalappa and Dr Harish Narasappa: Political Union Debate on Constitutional Safeguards to deal with Political Defections
This NSoJ Political Union Debate will take place in the context of political uncertainty in Karnataka. Shri Brijesh Kalappa and Shri Harish Narasappa will debate the constitutional safeguards available to deal with political defections, "resort politics" and "horse-trading", which are increasingly commonplace in Indian politics.