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Print Journalism
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Multimedia Journalism

Our full-time faculty members come from the nation's leading news organizations and academic institutions.
They have wide experience in print, broadcast and new media, and regard excellence in teaching and professional advising as their most important obligations to students.

Full-time faculty are complemented by several part-time instructors who are currently serving in news organizations. Depending on their professional background, they teach courses in their areas of specialization.

IIJNM invites nationally and internationally recognized individuals to deliver guest lectures. These individuals come from specialized fields such as law, environment, government, international finance, technology, art and others.

Visiting faculty, both national and international, spend 1-6 months to work with students in specific areas. These include professors from other academic institutions such as Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

IIJNM has been the recipient of the Knight International Press Fellowship and the Ford Environmental Reporting Fellowship by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Washington, DC. Under these programs, senior journalists from abroad spend time at IIJNM to cover a variety of subjects and to provide hands-on training to our students.

Students may correspond through e-mail with "mentor correspondents" who serve as "advisers" on stories and articles being prepared. These volunteers are practicing journalists in India, USA and other countries.

 Members of the faculty:

Dr. Abraham George, Dean
Kanchan Kaur
Girish Bhadri
Surekha Deepak

Venkata Ashwath

Shirish Koyal
Nagesh Hegde
K. S. Dakshina Murthy
Arun Subramaniam
Shyam Nair

Saggere Ramaswamy
Appanaa A. G.
Pradeep K. P.

 Visiting Specialist and Adjunct Faculty:

Jode Brexa
Anand Sagar
Aziza Jamgerchinova

Krishna Prasad
B.T. Venkatesh

Dr Abraham GeorgeDr. Abraham George is widely known for his highly acclaimed recent book, India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty. Currently he is Chairman of eMedexOnline LLC, a medical diagnostic software company in New Jersey, USA. Formerly, he was a Vice-Chairman at SunGard Data Systems, a U.S. Fortune 500 computer software company. Between 1976 and 1998, he was Chairman and CEO of Multinational Computer Models, Inc. (MCM), a company he founded, and a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston, a global investment bank.

In 1995, George founded The George Foundation (TGF), a non-profit organization based in Bangalore, India, that is dedicated to the welfare of economically and socially disadvantaged people. His Foundation has initiated several projects in poverty alleviation, education, health, environment and the arts, which are described in the web site His keen interest in promoting democratic institutions and values led to the creation of the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM).

George holds an MBA, MS and PhD in business administration from the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is the author of three other books and numerous publications in the field of international finance, and edited a major publication on "Lead Poisoning: Prevention & Treatment".

George is the founder and dean of IIJNM. He has co-designed and lectured on several areas -- International News, Economic Development and Business & Financial Reporting


Kanchan KaurKanchan Kaur, Vice Dean: A stint at the University of Florida’s Institute on Teaching Digital Journalism turned this die-hard print-medium journalist into a believer in the web. She has since driven IIJNM’s emphasis on Multimedia. IIJNM now runs a full-fledged stream in Multimedia, and a course in Convergence; she teaches the latter.

She started life in journalism by reporting the city of Bangalore for various small newspapers. She joined the Indian Express in Delhi for a very brief period before returning to Bangalore to work for the Deccan Herald. She has, in about two decades in journalism, worked, among other newspapers, in The Gulf News, too. She has covered a gamut of topics—from crime to art profiles. As a crime reporter, she was known for digging out the unusual. Her features in the Gulf News' weekly magazine Friday, more often than not, became cover stories.

Teaching came to her in the early 90's. From the Ecumenical Christian Centre's residential programme in journalism to the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and the Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, she has had a varied teaching experience. She also stood in as Dean for nearly two academic years at the Sri Sri Centre for Media Studies. Apart from journalism, she has taught Written Analytical Skills at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and has worked on several corporate training assignments.

At IIJNM she teaches students news gathering, reporting and writing skills. She also offers an elective on Covering Arts and Culture in the second semester.


Surekha DeepakWith over twelve years of experience in the electronic media, Surekha Deepak has worked with both television and films. She was part of the planning and setting up of the various regional language satellite channels launched by Eenadu Television. She has worked with one of the largest film houses in the country, Ramoji Film City in various roles.

Surekha has been involved with the planning and execution of two Hollywood films. She was the special effects coordinator for the Kamal Hassan film Hey Ram, which won the National Award for Computer Graphics in 2000. She has also scripted and directed many documentary films and has been associated with various NGOs.

She designed and taught the television production course at Sri Sri Centre For Media Studies.


Girish BhadriGirish Bhadri is an Associate Professor for media applications at IIJNM. He started his career with an advertising agency and later worked for the Books for Change at ActionAid as a Production Head, print and web.

Girish is proficient in various application software which include: QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Frontpage, Dreamweaver, GIF Animation, Swish, Flash and FCP.

He is up to cinch with the latest web technologies arriving each day on the cyber scene. Girish holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Karnataka College, Dharwad and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Management from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.

At IIJNM, Girish teaches Tools of Journalism, and handles the print and New Media workshops.


In his over fourteen years of experience as a video journalist, Venkata Ashwath has seen it all—English premier league matches to droughts in the country; cricket in UK and the UAE to business leaders in India. He began life with the Kannada film industry, but quickly moved on to news and the Enaadu group.  Ashwath spent over five years with Network 18 where he picked up several awards, became Director of Photography and worked on a range of stories.

He returned to Bangalore and continue to work with news channels and soon turned his attention to training.

Teaching young people is nothing new to him. He has been in charge of training in the media houses he has worked in, as well as at the Government Film and Television Institute, Bangalore, one of the oldest Institute for technology in film and television studies.

At IIJNM he teaches Tools of Broadcast Journalism.


Arun Subramaniam has been a print and television journalist for over 30 years. He was Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review; Editor, News & Current Affairs at United Television; Bureau Chief of India Today; Deputy Editor at Business India among others.

He is a founding member of The Sustainability Platform, an initiative of the Institution of Engineers, Karnataka, to promote green growth and intelligent manufacturing. He is also a risk analyst specializing in investigative due diligence for several international risk-management firms and hedge funds. He was India Advisor at International Risk, Hong Kong. 

Arun was the co-organizer of the Justice for Bhopal campaign in New York and Washington and the co-author of the book ‘The Bhopal Tragedy’, published by CIPA Press, New York. He has also been a regular contributor to special supplements of The Wall Street Journal, New York, Finance Asia, Hong Kong and The National, Abu Dhabi. He holds a law degree from the University of Bangalore and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Madras.


Appanaa A. G.Appanaa A.G. today provides content management to software firms and corporates. He started his career as an English lecturer. But the love of writing and sports drew him to Indian Express as a sports correspondent. He later joined The Asian Age.

The web boom saw him joining as Quality Manager and he later worked for LG in a similar position. His responsibilities included strategic planning and development of all channels including conceptualization, navigation, design, interactivity, covering all quality parameters such as flawless and captivating content, color management, browser compatibility, search engine-readiness and download timing.

He also worked with Star TV as Assistant Producer, working on an Interactive Television project, also known as the New Age Television, where he prepared News and Sports Specification for Interactive Television. This document was used across genres as a model. He has also critically analyzed Star Investee Company for flaws in their content, navigation friendliness, browser compatibility and download timing.

At IIJNM, Appanaa will be lecturing on all types of reportage and media coverage of current and past events in the world of sport.


Shirish Koyal moved to teaching journalism after a newsroom career that spanned more than 32 years – three decades of them with The Times of India.

Starting off as trainee reporter at Nagpur Times immediately after his graduation, he swiftly migrated to the news desk. His first year in the profession was marked by Operation Bluestar, Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the Bhopal gas tragedy. These were followed by the anti-Mandal agitation, economic liberalization, the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the serial explosions in Mumbai, other assassinations, a deepening of religious divisions, and the rise of right-wing forces.

Before shifting to Bangalore, Shirish worked on the news desk of Newstime, Hyderabad, for a year and a half.

He has tracked the change Bangalore has undergone over the decades.

Shirish attended several training programs within India, and covered events in Singapore, South Korea, South Africa and the United States. A senior member of TOI’s team of journalists, he became a catalyst whenever the paper underwent change. He believes in keeping things simple and straight. Journalism is among them.


Nagesh HegdeNagesh Hegde is an Assistant Editor with Prajavani, a leading Kannada daily and a widely respected writer on environmental issues. He has handled important assignments for the newspaper, besides being deputed to cover the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro.

Hegde has a Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In fact, he was among the first batch of students to get this degree in India. He was also the first to be appointed as an Assistant Professor to teach Environmental Geoscience in Kumaon University, Nainital.

Hegde's work on India's iron ore export was debated in the Indian Parliament just prior to the infamous Emergency. During the heyday of environmental movements in Karnataka, Hegde's writings were cited frequently and many of his articles have become textbook lessons. He has also travelled in the US, UK, Italy, Portugal and Kenya lecturing on environmental issues. He has also worked for popularising science among rural communities.

Hegde has won many literary and environmental awards including the "Outstanding Environmental Journalist" award by the PRSI (Public Relations Society of India) and recently a similar one by the Karnataka Government.

At IIJNM, Mr Hegde not only teaches Environmental Reporting, but also Rural Reporting and Covering Religious and Social Issues.


K.S. Dakshina Murthy was a key member of the Editorial team that launched the English language version of the Al-Jazeera news website in 2003. Based in Doha, he wrote extensively on the US invasion of Iraq and West Asian politics. He returned to India in April 2006 to pursue other journalistic and allied interests.

He has a basic degree in Science (BSc), MA in Political Science and M.Phil in International Politics.

Dakshina Murthy, who teaches Covering International News, Political Reporting and Writing for the Web at IIJNM, started his career with Sunday Mid-Day in Bangalore in 1983 and went on to work for several media houses, including The Indian Express, The Press Trust of India, Deccan Herald and the Hindustan Times.

He briefly returned to Al Jazeera in 2013-14 as India Online Editor for its news website, based in Bangalore. He was also Editorial Consultant/Trainer with The Hindu from 2006-2014 and with Deccan Herald in 2014-15.

He writes for several prominent publications in India and abroad and is involved in other media-related work.

Dakshina Murthy is the author of "The Anopheles Sting", a book of fiction, published in 2013 by Dronequill.


Saggere Ramaswamy, Editor,, has been in journalism for 30 years now. He started out as a sub-editor, had a brush with reporting and made his mark as a photojournalist. He has worked for 8 different publications, including The Hindu, Indian Express/Kannada Prabha, Deccan Herald/Prajavani, Andolana and Star of Mysore. He was Photo Editor of the Tech Mail, the world’s first technology newspaper and Consulting Editor with the Food & Nutrition World, a monthly magazine.

Prof. Saggere has given a global perspective to his work with his assignments in Sri Lanka and Egypt and his work has been exhibited in major cities in India. He has received Karnataka Media Academy Award, the Karnataka State Dasara Award and the Karnataka Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) Award for journalism.

Saggere, who’s the Founder of Bangalore Photojournalists Association, has fulfilled his social commitment to the media community in his capacity as General Secretary of Press Club of Bangalore, secretary of Indo-Sri Lanka Journalists Association, Director, Karnataka Journalists Cooperative Society and others. He has involved in theatre activity and acted in TV serials.

In his crime beat, he has covered Operation Veerappan, LTTE hideouts in Muttathi and Konanakunte and many communal violence in the state. He was invite-jury for Miss Photogenic section for Miss World 1996 Bangalore.

He is founder-editor of KPN (Karnataka Photo News) India’s first web-based news photo agency, a platform for rural photojournalists. KPN trains young journalists on the ethics and values of journalism.

He is a graduate from Mysore University and having Dip in Journalism.


Shyam Nair is an English teacher with a passion for theatre and literature and he employs these forms in language education. He has taught an Intensive English Course for international students at Christ University, Bangalore, where he used an integrated-skills approach to teaching English using theatre. He has also taught at The Shantiniketan Indian School, Qatar, and volunteered as an English teacher at Srujana: a service learning initiative to educate underprivileged children in Bangalore.

He holds an M.A. in English Literature, and a Masters in Education specialising in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He has also been awarded the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).


Pradeep K.P. (Deepu) co-founded Pedestrian Pictures in 2001, a Bangalore-based film collective, actively engaged in film screenings, documentary-making and cultural/ political activism.

He’s also a cinematographer with several narrative feature films, ad films and documentaries to his credit. He has previously taught at colleges across South India.



Visiting Specialist and Adjunct Faculty

Jode Brexa has thirty years’ experience teaching and training in English Language Development at secondary and post-secondary institutions in the United States as well as in Senegal, Japan, Romania and South Africa. She is an award-winning teacher, receiving Congressman Jared Polis’ Teaching Excellence Award in 2009, a United States Department of State Teaching Excellence and Achievement Award in 2010, and a TEA Alumni Grant in 2011. In 2014, she spent a year at the University of the Free State in South Africa on a Fulbright grant.   She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English, and she completed an advanced degree as an Education Specialist from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 2014.  She has developed curriculum for district, national, and international projects, and has been awarded a four-month grant to develop curriculum at IIJNM through an educational and cultural exchange program funded by the United States Department of State.  She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


Anand SagarAnand Sagar, Professor Emeritus & Special Advisor, is currently based in Bahrain as Assistant Editor, Bahrain Tribune, who had joined IIJNM as professor in 2002, was previously based in Doha, Qatar, as Assistant Editor of The Peninsula. He has worked for many years (1989-2000) with the Gulf News in Dubai and was also its Chief of Bureau in New Delhi.

He was earlier awarded an international scholarship in Journalism Studies and was at the University of Oxford as a member of its prestigious Visiting Journalists Fellowship Programme.

While at Oxford, his research project dealt mainly with a comparative study of Press Laws and he also attended a special training workshop for select journalists on New Media Technology at the Thomson Foundation in London.

Prior to his sabbatical in the UK, he had a long stint with The Times of India (working for different TOI editions including Bombay, Ahmedabad and Lucknow) as a senior staffer, columnist, Art & Theatre critic, and political commentator. He has also worked for several other newspapers like The Pioneer and The Indian Post, as well as the well-known newsmagazine, India Today.

During his long journalist career, which began in the mid-70's, he has covered a wide range of assignments dealing with political affairs, riots, communal conflicts, state and parliamentary elections, in addition to handling news analysis and editorial writing. These assignments have included exclusive interviews with heads of governments and other leading personalities, both Indian and foreign.

During 1990-91, as a member of the international Media Pool set up by the U.S. Joint Armed Services Command in Dubai, he covered a number of special assignments connected with the Gulf Crisis and the Gulf War.

Besides an extended stay in England, Dubai (UAE), and more recently Doha (Qatar), he has traveled extensively in Europe and parts of South East Asia.


Krishna PrasadAlthough notorious as the newsroom scientist who swallowed sildenafil citrate to write a first-person account of its efficacy. Krishna Prasad is best known as one of the two journalists who broke the match-fixing scandal that turned the cricket world upside down. In a 20-year career, he has worked in four cities and eight different capacities in newspapers and magazines, websites and radio stations. Hailed on the pages of The New York Times as "one of India's brightest young journalists", KP has received two journalism scholarships, edited three books and taught at five J-schools.


Since joining CNN in 2006, Aziza Jamgerchinova has covered some of the most significant news stories around the world including the outbreak of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, the Haiti earthquake, and the BP oil spill.  

Before joining CNN, she worked on the foreign desk of the New York Times and at New York Times Television, specializing in reality and documentary programming.

Jamgerchinova began her career as an on-air reporter with Kyrgyzstan's Independent Bishkek Television (NBT). She holds a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York, where she currently lives.


B.T. Venkatesh is a practicing lawyer specializing in human rights and civil liberties.. His legal career of 25 years has brought him in close proximity to - and in some cases, the eye of the storm of - issues such as Civil and Human rights of persons accused of sedition, stigamitized South Asian LGBT community, marginalised communities.

Prof. Venkatesh has been an active participant in the areas above from his student days.

Apart from being an experienced civil and criminal lawyer, Prof. B. T. Venkatesh, through ReachLaw, provides probono legal advise and litigation support to marginalized communities. He is legal advisor to Greenpeace India, sangama, Suraksha, Garment & Textile workers' Union, Biodiversity Conversation India Limited, Environics Trust, mines, minerals & PEOPLE (an alliance of 200+ organisations working for the rights of mining affected communities) and many other organisations.

At IIJNM Prof. Venkatesh teaches Legal and Ethical Issues in Journalism.


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