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How gender subversion became a norm

Dr Rajeev Kumaramkandath got his PhD from Manipal University in the year 2013. He was a recipient of the Sephis scholarship from the University of Amsterdam, and the GEXcel residential fellowship from Orebro University, Sweden and funded by the Swedish Research Council. He was a residential fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla before joining CHRIST in 2015. His recent publications include an edited volume titled "Histories of Desire: Sexualities and Culture in Modern India" from the Cambridge University Press and an article in the pioneering intellectual journal Seminar magazine titled "Death of Language in Neoliberal Times". He is currently selected for the prestigious Erasmus mobility programme to visit FHWS - University of Applied Social Sciences, Germany as a visiting scholar.

Journaling travel adventures

Trishna Mohanty is a writer by profession and a passionate photographer whose works have been published in The New York Times, The Hindu, National Geographic Traveller and Conde Nast Traveller.

Demystifying the ad world

An advertising professional who has worked in various capacities in leading advertising agencies like Pink Lemonade, Origami and Autumn Grey, Vidisha is presently associated with Leo Burnett Orchard, Bangalore branch as Brand Associate where she manages print, brochures, logo design and 360-degree campaigns

Citizen Journalism 101

Ms. Aruna Natarajan is a staff reporter at Citizen Matters, Chennai. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism.

SV Chaitanya Gudipaty: The changing newsroom

With a decade of experience as a journalist, Chaitanya has seen both sides of the print and online newsrooms. At Deccan Herald, Chaitanya's role swings from ensuring an online-first newsroom strategy to overseeing tech implementations that help the site scale new peaks.

He was part of the team that bolstered Moneycontrol's market-centric news outlook with an all-round news strategy, resulting in a phenomenal surge in the site's traffic metrics -- unique users and page views.

On the print side, Chaitanya has worked on the news desks at The Indian Express and The Economic Times. Besides, he has reported on personal technology, corporates, startups and more.

In conversation with Bill Grueskin

We will be in an exclusive conversation with Bill Grueskin - former deputy managing editor Wall Street Journal, editor in chief WSJ.COM, Executive Editor Bloomberg, and Dean Columbia Journalism School.

IDG and the World of Tech Journalism

Eric Knorr is the Editor in Chief of IDG’s enterprise websites: CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World. A technology journalist since the start of the PC era, he has developed content to serve the needs of IT professionals since the turn of the 21st century. He is the former Editor of PC World magazine, the creator of the best-selling The PC Bible, a founding editor of CNET, and the author of hundreds of articles to inform and support IT leaders and those who build, evaluate, and sustain technology for business. Eric has received Neal, ASBPE, and Computer Press Awards for journalistic excellence. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a BA in English.

Galen Gruman is San Francisco-based executive editor for global content at IDG’s enterprise sites, providing overall management of Africa, ASEAN, Australia, India, Middle East, Netherlands, and New Zealand editions of CIO, Computerworld, and CSO Online, and their editorial teams. His association with IDG began in 1990 as a freelance product reviewer for InfoWorld. He's focused on a variety of technologies and business issues over the years, including virtualization, mobile technology and business, user-centric computing and the digital workplace, enterprise deployment case studies, service-oriented architecture, diversity in the tech industry, macOS and iOS, Windows, and desktop publishing. He has a BA in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California and he has interned at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and KABC-TV.

Charting the course of COVID-19 in India

Jacob John is Professor of Community Medicine at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India, where he teaches infectious disease epidemiology. He received his M.D. in Community Medicine from CMC Vellore and his Ph.D. in public health from Imperial College London, UK. As part of the COVID-19 response in India, Professor Jacob supports research groups examining the epidemiology of the pandemic in multiple settings using a combination of mathematical modelling, clinical, and sero-epidemiological studies.

Justice System and Journalism

Most citizens have limited experience and knowledge of the justice system and rely on the media to understand its workings. This is a significant responsibility for the media since the justice system is complex and confusing.

In recent times, media coverage of the justice system has been criticised as being sensationalistic and lacking context. The freedom of the media to report on public institutions needs to be balanced with a responsibility to do so ethically and without impeding the fair administration of justice.

This course will equip participants with an understanding of the basics of the justice system and the tools to report fairly and accurately on legal developments and court cases. The course will be delivered by experts who specialise in the justice system and journalism.

Payment for the course will be collected on the day of the same at the venue.

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Constructive Journalism: Bridging a Polarized World

Ulrik Haagerup is an international public speaker on leadership, media, democracy, innovation and strategy. He formerly worked as the executive director of News, Danish Broadcasting, DR and former Editor-in-chief at NORDJYSKE Media.

He was the chairman of the Center of Journalism at the University of Southern Denmark from 2002-2008. He worked as an investigative reporter and senior managing editor at Jyllands-Posten from 1986-1994.

He has been a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism and has won The Cavling Prize in 1990.

He has also authored two books - “A Good Idea – Did You Get It?” (2005) and “Constructive News” (2014).

Parliamentarians for Global Goals Roundtable

2030beyond and NSoJ will host this Parliamentarians for the Global Goals Roundtable. The purpose of the meeting is mutual inspiration for parliamentary action on the 2030 Agenda, particularly aimed at exploring opportunities to establish a group of Parliamentarians for the Global Goals in the Indian Parliament.

A discussion on farm laws

Vinay K Sreenivasa is a Bangalore-based advocate. He has been working on issues of urban governance, urban poverty, and transport. He works with collectives such as street vendors' unions and garment workers' unions.

He also conducts workshops to make the law accessible to common people.

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.

Dr. Aditya Sondhi speaks at NSoJ

Dr Aditya Sondhi, former Additional Advocate General of Karnataka, delivers his keynote address in Slant 2019.