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Register For Online National Meet 2022: March 18-20

Register For Online National Meet 2022: March 18-20

Agenda for the 2022 national meet (online)

 The Network of Women in Media, India

20th anniversary celebrations 

March 18-20, 2022



Day 1, Friday, 18 March 2022

7.30-8.30 pm: Keynote address

Esther Duflo, co-recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 2019

Title: ‘Good economics for hard times’ 

Moderator:  Dhanya Rajendran, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The News Minute

Day 2, Saturday, 19 March 2022

5.30-7:30 pm: Panel discussion co-organised by NWMI and Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) 

Introductions: (for WCC) Bina Paul, Film Editor, Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala and (for NWMI) Meenakshi Shedde, Journalist, Film Curator 

Title:  ‘Half the Picture – Why women need to tell stories and be in them’

  1. Anjali Menon (Writer, Director, Producer) Malayalam
  2. Deepti Gupta (Cinematographer, Director) Hindi
  3. Jeny Dolly (Assistant Director) Tamil
  4. Kutti Revathi ((Lyricist, Screenwriter, Director) Tamil
  5. Rima Kallingal (Actor, Producer) Malayalam
  6. Shazia Iqbal (Production Designer, Director) Hindi
  7. Sunitha Tati (Producer) Telugu

Moderator:  Anna M M Vetticad, journalist & author

7.30-7.45 pm   –  Break

7.45 to 8:15 Music by Tetseo Sisters, Nagaland

Introduction:  Thingnam Anjulika Samom, independent journalist


Day 3, Sunday, 20 March

10.30-12.00 noon: Skills Workshop  Conducted by Google News Initiative (NWMI MEMBERS ONLY WITH REGISTRATION)

Title: ‘Mobile Journalism: How to do good journalism on a mobile phone’

Moderator:  Shobha SV,  journalist & researcher

3.00-7:00 pm:  Network Programme (Open to public)

3-3.15 pm: Welcome and Introduction to Programme and 20 Glorious Years of the NWMI video

Moderator: Supriya Unni Nair, Independent writer & business journalist 

3.15-4.45 pm: Panel Discussion

Title:  ‘Socially relevant journalism: From margins to mainstream’

Theme:  How so-called ‘soft’ beats like health and environment have come to occupy centrestage after being marginalised over the years. In particular, the session will explore how the pandemic and climate change have forced a recognition that these beats – often covered by women, and freelancers – are of critical global importance.

  1. Chandrani Sinha, Independent multimedia journalist, Guwahat
  2. Jayashree Bokil, journalist with Dainik Bhaskar and Divya Marathi
  3.  Jisha Elizabeth, environment journalist, senior sub editor, Madhyamam
  4. Menaka Rao, Independent journalist and podcaster covering health and law
  5. Ramya Kannan, Tamil Nadu bureau chief, The Hindu

Moderator: Kalpana Sharma, Independent journalist, columnist and author

4.45-5:00 pm        Break

5:00- 5.30 pm: Network News – What the NWMI has been up to in recent times 

List of speakers:

1. The NWMI website then and now – Anjali Mathur

2. ‘Lest We Forget’, a tribute to journalists who succumbed to Covid-19 – Annie Philip

3. The NWMI’s jobs initiative and Letdown in Lockdown webinar series – Jagriti Chandra

4. Workplace sexual harassment and the NWMI’s critique of the judgment in the Tarun Tejpal case – Anumeha Yadav

5. The Global Media Monitoring Project 2020-21 – Padmaja Shaw

6. The NWMI-FSC-SabrangIndia joint seminar on Pegasus and the Deep State – Geeta Seshu

7. The NWMI Fellowship – Jayanti Buruda

8. NWMI Fellow 2021 – Akhila Easwaran (video)

9. Study conducted by the NWMI on gender perspectives in COVID-19 reportage – Sweta Singh

10. Webinar organised by NWMI-Bihar to highlight gender inequality in media coverage – Sumita Jaiswal

11. Journalists For Afghanistan, an NWMI photo fund-raiser for Afghan women journalists in danger after the Taliban take-over – Yirmiyan Arthur

12. Media monitoring project leading to the report, Staging Aggressive Masculinity – Usha Raman

13. The Gender Media Elections blog – Ammu Joseph


5.30-7:00 pm : Panel Discussion

 Title:  ‘They wrote the elections’


  1. Babita Gautam, founder, The Voice
  2. Kavita Bundelkhandi, editor-in-chief, Khabar Lahariya
  3. Kavitha Muralidharan, independent journalist
  4.  Ninglun Hanghal, independent journalist
  5. Smita Gupta, senior journalist

Moderator: Bhanupriya Rao, founder BehanBox

7:00- 7.10 pm: Break

7.10-9.10pm: NWMI internal Network Session (NWMI MEMBERS ONLY) 

7.10- 8 pm : Member introductions through chapter co-ordinators, and interactions between NWMI members from across the country

Moderator: Vasanthi Hariprakash, columnist

8.00-9.00pm: Planning ahead 

(i) Online Abuse/SH Response Cell: Ayswarya (10 min)

(ii) Freelancers’ Union: Geeta Seshu and Rohini Mohan (10 min)

(iii) Membership, accreditation and proposed NWMI ID Cards: Laxmi Murthy and Leena Gita Reghunath (10 min)

Moderator:  Ayswarya Murthy, journalist & writer 

Open discussion among members (30 mins)

9.00-9.10pm        I ❤️NWMI Video

Related: Solidarity messages on NWMI’s 20th anniversary

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