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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
Saggere Ramaswamy
Appanaa A. G.

           

Nagesh Hegde
Mark Austin
Charles Lavery
K. S. Dakshina Murthy
Siddharth Narrain
T Jayashree


 Adjunct Faculty:

Anand Sagar
Aziza Jamgerchinova

           

Krishna Prasad
B.T. Venkatesh


Faculty
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 www.tgfworld.org. 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Saggere Ramaswamy, Editor, www.karnatakanews.com, has been in journalism for 25 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.

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T. Jayashree has written, produced, directed and edited documentary, television and radio programs on issues including women's empowerment, public health, ethnic violence and sexuality. Some of her films include 'A Human Question' (2006), 'Many People Many Desires' (2004), which won the Best Film at the NYIIFFV Festival, New York in 2005.She has also worked on a number of other productions, such as 'New Americans' (2003) on which she was Associate Producer for PBS, 'Agni Varsha' (2002) for which she wrote the screenplay and served as first Assistant Director, 'A Woman's Place' (1998) which she produced for PBS and 'Annapurna' (1995) which she co-directed.  She has conducted film production workshops for the LGBT community in Bangalore. (bengalurupride2010.com).

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.

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Mark Austin worked from 1997 until 2010 for The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's biggest newspaper, with a combined morning and evening circulation of 14 million. He was employed as a staff writer at The Daily Yomiuri, an English-language newspaper published by the parent organ. Mark was involved in all aspects of producing The Daily Yomiuri, including reporting, writing feature and business articles, reviewing books, editing and page making. As well as writing for The Daily Yomiuri and The Yomiuri Shimbun, Mark has also freelanced and worked as a stringer for publications including The Independent and The Irish Times (for whom he covered the historic election in Japan last year), Newsweek Japan, Scotland on Sunday and the Asahi Evening News (now the IHT/Asahi).

Mark was born in Edinburgh in 1966 and grew up in southern Scotland and southern England. He gained a BA (Hons.) degree in contemporary cultural studies from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1987. After working as a motorcycle courier in London, he moved in 1989 to Brunei, where he lived for a year, working as assistant manager of a firm cultivating and exporting Nepenthes pitcher plants and orchids, a job that entailed regular trips into primary jungle on collection trips, and as manager of a mobile disco. In 1990 he moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English, trained teachers and managed a school for six-and-a-half years, during which period he also trained teachers in Busan, South Korea, and began freelancing for newspapers and magazines, which led to his being hired by the Yomiuri. He is currently working on book projects.

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Charles Lavery is an award winning investigative journalist from Scotland who has spent over two decades at the cutting edge of hard news gathering.
He began his career as a copy boy at the Herald newspaper in Glasgow, Scotland before embarking on a  journalism course at Lancashire Polytechnic in Preston, Lancashire.

A two week work placement at the local evening newspaper The Lancashire Evening Post led to him joining the staff there as junior reporter.
From there he moved north to The historic town of Stirling, back in Scotland, to work for The Stirling Observer, covering police, council, court and rural beats.

In 1993 he joined Scotland's biggest selling newspaper, the Sunday Mail, as its youngest ever recruit and was appointed chief reporter there in 1998. He continued as chief reporter until departing for pastures new in 2010, after winning seven awards for his reporting, most notably Reporter of the Year for two years running in 2008 and 2009.

He covered the Dunblane massacre, The death and funeral of Princess Diana, the Omagh bombing and in 2009 was ambushed by the Taliban in Helmand Province during an embed patrol with the Royal Marines 45 Commando troop. He has reported from Africa, the Far East and the United States.

Since 2010 he has been freelancing, advising media clients and writing a book. The Black Widower, published by Mainstream On July 5, tells the story of a true crime world exclusive Charles broke while at the Sunday Mail.

When not sniffing out stories, he enjoys reading and writing them.

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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.

Dakshina Murthy is at present Editorial Consultant with the prominent Bangalore-based newspaper Deccan Herald.

In addition, he writes occasionally for several prominent publications in India and abroad.
Dakshina Murthy is the author of "The Anopheles Sting" , a book of fiction, published in 2013 by Dronequill.

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Siddharth Narrain is a lawyer and legal researcher with the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore. (www.altlawforum.org) He works on issues related to media laws and censorship, gender and sexuality law and civil liberties. He has developed and taught curricula related to law and media at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore and at the Center for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia University, Delhi.

Siddharth has co-edited, "The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neoliberal India" (2014), a book on the politics of the Indian Supreme Court. He has worked previously as a journalist for Frontline Magazine and The Hindu Newspaper in New Delhi.

Siddharth has a bachelor's degree in law from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and a master's degree in law from Harvard Law School.

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

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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 Indiainfo.com 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 Explocity.com 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.

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Adjunct Faculty
 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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