Citizen Journalism workshop in Bangalore

A three day Citizen Journalism workshop is being organized by the Journalism Mentor Foundation in Bangalore. Eminent journalists would be training and mentoring the participants. Participants would be taught about RTI and various other laws.

Citizen Journalism workshop in Bangalore Photograph: GoogleCitizen Journalism workshop in Bangalore Photograph: Google

JM Foundation for Excellence in
Journalism supported by Press Club of Bangalore & St Joseph’s College of Commerce presents a wonderful opportunity to become citizen journalists. The three day certificate workshop will be held from Jan 21 to Jan 23, 2011, at St Joseph’s College of Commerce. Eminent journalists and trainers will be involved in the mentoring.

JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism is a not for profit institution. JM stands for Journalism Mentor. The Foundation is an initiative of senior journalists Shishir Joshi and Aloke Thakore who are also the course directors. They believe that India needs vigorous citizen journalism since it is well nigh impossible, for various reasons, for the news media organizations to cover all issues that need to be brought into the public eye. The citizen journalism initiative will train citizen journalists and also provide them with a forum where they can report.  JM is committed to taking the citizen empowerment programme across India.

Programme Directors
Shishir Joshi was till recently the Group Editorial Director of the Mid-Day group of publications, which includes Mid-Day (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune), Sunday Mid-Day, Gujarati Mid-Day and Inquilab. Prior to Mid-Day, Joshi was with the TV Today group, where he was executive editor. He has also been editorial consultant for the Sahara group, helping set up TV channels across India as well as recruiting and training professionals for them. Prior to that, he was with NDTV as its sole business news correspondent based out of Mumbai. He has worked with, written for Reuters and AFP and has contributed to UK based ITN-Channel 4 News and has been the South Asia Representative of Peter Arnett’s Broadcast News Network (BNN TV). A law graduate, he is the co-founder of Journalism Mentor.

Aloke Thakore is a journalist, researcher and teacher. He has worked in print and television. At various times he has reported written columns, authored academic articles, anchored programmes, taught at university and colleges, and coached in news rooms. He has also helped launched newspapers and magazines both as editorial and management consultant. He counts many journalists and media professionals among his students and trainees. A Media Leadership Fellow of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, he has a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an AM in International Relations from the University of Chicago, an MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. His first degree is from Calcutta University. He is the co-founder of Journalism Mentor.

What participants will be taught:
• Skill-sets to gather and verify facts
• Laws which impact their life and newsgathering (Civic Law, Police law, Press laws, Consumer and Human Rights laws)
• Basics of Right to Information Act (RTI)
• Writing skills
• Hands-on training on use of technology in writing
• Session on ethics and values.
• International and Indian perspective/practice of Citizen Journalism

How to Register: Send your CV to or call on 022- 40158250/ 0 98209 85853
Registration Fee: 3000 rupees per person. (For students and senior citizens 65 years and above 1250 rupees per person)
Fee Includes: Reading material, a permanent email id and access to the citizens initiative website and food on all days

Registration Process:
1. Send an e mail of your intent to register on
2. Send a draft or cheque favoring “JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism” and a hard copy of your CV to 302, Shubham centre “A” CHSL, Cardinal Gracias road, Chakala, Andheri East, Mumbai 400099.
Registration Deadline: January 13, 2011
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Anita Jun 01st, 2011 02:59 PM

I was astonished to see that the seminar conducted by St.joseph was so good and informative.I regret taking admission in Jain college.I met so many people and the awareness created by taking reponsiblity as a citizen journalist was a good idea.
Hats off to the college who has arranged such a good seminar!!!!

sunil Ranny Mar 11th, 2011 06:32 AM

It seems that Railway's always have a habit of keeping one foot in the past even though the world around them have taken a step forward towards modernisation and making things better for people, 
Every train TTE's should be provided with electronic ticket machine in every existing trains which should be directly connected to a central server which maintains all the PNR data and waiting list information of the travelling passenger's, there are several passengers who cancel the ticket just minutes before the train departure and a vacant seat is created and this is a loophole which the TTE's take an unfair advantage, If the ticket machine is introduced then the TTE would get the status of the vacant seat immediately and can provide seat to traveler's on waiting list, every huge sums of money are paid as bribe to the TTE's to confirm a Wait list ticket,  Another advantage is that Railways can save tonnes of paper which are used for this purpose currently and can also save crores of rupees for the Government, introducing this machine will increase the efficiency and reduce the workload of TTE's, 
This project can be started on a Pilot basis on some trains and routes since this initiative was successfully tested and implemented in several State owned and private bus operators, 
In this ever changing world it is very important that our National assets Railways should keep pace with  modern world by introducing smart technologies which would bring the Railways even more closer to the people of this country this is expectation from the humble user's of the Indian Railway's. 

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