Capturing the moment ...

 

Charkha Founders' Day

Release of the Directory of Development Journalists, 2015

The Directory, a Charkha publication is an invaluable resource for development communication. Compiled by senior development journalists, Usha Rai and Swapna Majumdar, supported by Action Aid, it is a listing of profiles of journalists, rural writers, photographers from across the country covering development issues. It also features the work of NGOs working in the field. 
Bhaskar Ghose former Director General of Doordarshan released the Directory. A soft copy of this is available on this website.

Sanjoy Ghose Rural Reporting Awards 2015-16

The three Fellows for this year are Spalzes Wangmo, Deachen Chorol and Tsering Dolkar, from Ladakh, the region covered by the Award.  All the awardees spoke on the occasion, giving glimpses into their region, its challenges and their thematic areas. They expressed a sense of appreciation to Charkha for this opportunity.  
The Awards were given away by Preeti Mehra, Associate Editor, Hindu Business Line.  Responsible for the India Interior page in her publication, Preeti has over the years carried Charkha features for this section. In her previous job at The Hindu, also she continouslly gave space to Charkha stories.  

Address by Sumita Ghose, President, Charkha

Drawing a link between Sanjoy's early years as a social activist in rural areas in Bikaner, Rajasthan and his writings in the column, Village Voice, Indian Express-Sumita recounted how this individual effort transformed into a collective one.  Writing for the media on wide-ranging issues of rural regions is as important as social activism on the ground.  Charkha has upheld this principle, focusing largely on the print media.  Today with social media and digital media opening up, Charkha has viable platforms to take issues from the ground to policy makers,.

Panel Discussion: Reporting-Tyranny of Distances

Charkha’s work lies in connecting with writers embedded in rural regions often remote and conflict-ridden.  Given this context, the Panel Discussion sought to address the multiple challenges of reporting from the margins.  The challenges at one level are physical or logistical ones of reaching mainstream media to these regions. But the margins are also under-reported because media priorities are often urban/metro centric or region-specific

The panelists were Preeti Mehra and Kishalay Bhattacharjee, who in his long journalistic career, has covered conflict areas in the north east and in the Maoist corridor. The discussion was moderated by noted journalist and TV anchor, Sagarika Ghose, currently Consulting Editor, Times of India.

 


Vijaya Ghose
lighting the lamp



Deachen Chorol delighted
to receive the Award


Spalzes Wangmo, a moment to cherish



Tsering Dolkar, sharing her thoughts



In rapt attention



An audience that celebrates
Charkha’s work

 
 
 

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