Anurag Chaturvedi is a senior journalist who during his long career has worked with some of the most respected newspapers and magazines in India. He started work with Dharmayug in 1978. He joined Ravivar as Special Correspondent in 1984 to cover South India. He joined Sunday Observer as Editor in 1989 and later moved as Editor to Mahanagar. He has also worked in radio and television. Presently, he contributes to Prabhat Khabar and Jansatta. He is a trustee of Prayog International Foundation, Apne Aap Women World Wide and Gidhaur Foundation, which work in the realm of social, educational, cultural and health related activities. Born in Udaipur, Chaturvedi has an MA in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Sameer Deshpande is an expert in social marketing, a subject that is closely related to marketing, social change and communication. A communication scholar by training, he has moved to social marketing from his interest in health communications. A Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has authored numerous papers and book chapters on social marketing. He is presently engaged in conducting research on social marketing projects in India. An expert on panels for such organizations as Centre for Disease Control, he has recently written a book chapter in a book edited by Philip Kotler. He was a speaker at the first World Social Marketing Conference. A media planner in his pre-academic days, Deshpande’s understands media and journalism as both business and as an academic with an abiding concern for social responsibility. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge.
Vivek Deshpande is an award-winning journalist with over two decades of experience in journalism, specifically Rural Reporting. He has reported on agriculture, Left-wing extremism, and forests and wildlife from Vidarbha. A Senior Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, he is based in Nagpur. Deshpande is a recipient of the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting, Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award, Sanctuary Asia-RBS award for wildlife reporting. He was short-listed for the Kurt Schork Award for International Journalism in 2007 for his series of reports on Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh.
V Rajagopal is a historian of modern India, and specialises in writing about the social and cultural changes in south Indian society in the 19th and the 20th centuries. He teaches at the Department of History, University of Hyderabad and offers Master’s level courses on Indian nationalism. After studying Economics from the University of Madras, Rajagopal did his Master’s and M.Phil. in History from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. After doing a one-year stint as a journalist on the desk at The Indian Express, he moved back to academics and completed his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published articles in leading Indian history journals such as the Indian Economic and Social History Review and Studies in History. He has been selected to attend this summer a month-long international seminar on Decolonization being conducted by the National History Center, Washington DC. His other interests are cricket, contemporary politics and the media.
Aloke Thakore is a journalist, researcher and teacher. He has worked in print and television. He has been a newsroom coach for The Times of India (Chennai and Kochi), Hindustan Times, People (magazine), Bangalore Mirror, and Mumbai Mirror; and a management and editorial consultant for The Emirates Evening Post (Dubai).
Having started his career with The Statesman in Calcutta, Thakore worked as a Producer with ABNI and its merged avatar of CNBC, and was responsible for the channel output from Mumbai. He used to write a media watch column for The Hoot (thehoot.org) called ‘Hammer and Tongs’, and has also conducted, and consulted on, media research and training initiatives of the Media Foundation, Panos South Asia, and PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action & Research), Mumbai.
A Media Leadership Fellow of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Thakore has a Ph.D. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an AM in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Calcutta University.
Thakore is the Honorary Director of the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism. He serves as a trustee of the Informed Voter project (MumbaiVotes.com). He is also the founder-director of Font & Pixel Media Pvt. Ltd., a media and education company.
M C Vaijayanthi has over 20 years of experience in the media, starting with newspapers such as The Independent and The Hindu Business Line, and with television. She has also had exposure to the use of webcasts (a video broadcast of an event on the Internet). She spent some time in public relations, after which she took a two year sabbatical. Back in the mainstream media after her sabbatical, Vaijayanthi covered the stock market and the financial services sector including regulators. Her beat in 2010 was oil and gas, as a result of an assignment with Platts that required her to contribute to their real-time news service Platts Global Alert.
Vaijayanthi has an MA and MPhil in English Literature from the University of Madras, and a PG Diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in Chennai.
Some of her other interest areas include ancient Indian history and culture, nature, and photography. She is also a life member of the Asiatic Society, and the Bombay Natural History Society, in Mumbai.
Mahesh Vijapurkar has been a reporter since 1973. The first three years were spent at The Indian Express and the last 30 years with The Hindu, with nearly a third of that reporting from rural datelines. He retired as Deputy Editor. Subsequently, he has retrained and inducted journalists into newsrooms with a focus on upgrading their skills, sensitising them to issues of ethics, on managing sources, and how to look at news. During the past ten years, he has taught in journalism courses, and now writes a periodic column for www.rediff.com. Outside of journalism, Vijapurkar has helped put together the Maharashtra Human Development Report, 2000 as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme, and assisted in putting together a report on the status of social justice in Maharashtra for the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration, which is currently under review of the Maharashtra Government. He also helped shape the Mumbai Human Development Report.
Ajay Umat is senior editor at The Times of India. He was editor of Divya Bhaskar, the largest circulating Gujarati daily. He is also the President of the Governing Council of the Gujarati Media Club. In a career spanning over two decades, he has served as the former Resident Editor of the Gujarati edition of The Times of India, besides being associated with the India Today group and Gujarat Samachar. He was invited to participate in the ‘International Visitors Leadership’ programme on Investigative Journalism sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Harindra Dave Smurti Paritoshak for his contribution to journalism. Umat is based in Ahmedabad.
Krishna Warrier began his career as a trainee journalist with MiD DAY. He left the paper 22 years later as Executive Editor, after helping launch its editions in Bangalore, Delhi and Pune. He held a senior editorial assignment at Reader’s Digest. He is passionate about languages, table tennis, history and classical music in that order.
Rama Rajagopalakrishna is a political scientist, with over 40 years of teaching experience. She has taught at the Higher Secondary, the Undergraduate and the Postgraduate levels. She has taught Political Science at Sophia College, Mumbai, at the undergraduate level for over a decade. Prior to that she taught Political Science at the higher secondary level at SIES College, Mumbai. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Mumbai.
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