News is the fulcrum of the age we live in – it empowers, entertains, shapes opinion, and leads to innovations, conversations and legislations. In these digitally-charged times, news transcends geographies and makes itself available across platforms.
News can be so much more or so much less. To find out once again where news can go, Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts come together for the third time to present The Media Rumble (TMR) on August 2nd and 3rd, 2019 at The India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. TMR 2019 will bring global and local perspectives in a specially curated two-day event which will include panels, masterclasses, film-screenings and performances.
Since its inception in 2017, TMR has grown rapidly and eked out a fiercely independent personality of its own. The 2018 edition hosted attendees across graduate students, journalists, policy-makers, PR and technology professionals, and analysts. Discussions ranged from the various aspects of journalism, from editorial, tech and policy to innovative and viable business models, journalistic ethics and reportage in small towns. The 2018 programme was addressed by over 90 speakers, had around 9,000 footfalls and 3 million video views.
TMR 2019, with a larger and an even more impressive speaker-line-up, will focus on gender, caste and community representation in the Indian media with sessions revolving around issues of inclusion and diversity in newsrooms in India. Two comprehensive reports on gender, caste and community representation in the Indian media will be unveiled at the forum. It promises to be one of South Asia’s most diverse and truly international media events with speakers across geographies as well as varied news cultures. The forum aims to put Indian media on an observable metric against its international counterparts with speakers who have never spoken before in India engaging in open and uninhibited discussions on best practices, trends, and learnings.
The Media Rumble is an important event because it’s a critique from within…the media is looking within, but it’s also asking others to look at itself. Particularly at a time like this when the media is playing a very crucial role in shaping public opinion, in determining what are the issues of concern in a democracy, the importance of introspection, reflection, and criticism invited from others is very, very important.TMR Speaker 2018
It is always great to talk to others on a panel and get a perspective from different countries. These are very important conversations that the media needs to be having at this time, and The Media Rumble certainly seems to be having them…it is a good chance to ventilate a lot of the stuff that I guess people feel in their newsroom and organization and perhaps can’t talk about.TMR Speaker 2018
I’m glad TMR has become bigger this year, it’s a one of a kind event. It offers a whole variety of topics, subjects, aspects of media, especially media and technology. So both for professional media persons, not only journalists but also non-journalists, and for non-media persons, it’s a great event.TMR Speaker 2018
“The Media Rumble is a special place and an opportunity to interact with journalists from across the globe, discuss ideas, brainstorm and thrash out specific ideas…I think a platform like this gives us a chance to interact with people within the fraternity, come together, and come up with solutions and ways in which we can tackle this kind of crisis that is happening.TMR Speaker 2018
This is my second year at TMR…I’ve learned something new, I’ve been inspired by some of the people I’ve met, and I’ve got ideas to do things in my own organization when I go back…TMR is the only platform of its kind, and therefore it is succeeding where no one else is succeeding, and it is doing something that no one else is doing.TMR 2018 Speaker
A large section of the Indian media, instead of speaking truth to power, has become propagandists for power. The Media Rumble is important because it is good to know that you aren’t on your own, that there are other people with the same experiences, and also you get to hear solutions; so it’s not just breast-beating and handwringing, but you get to hear solutions from experiences in India and other parts of the world.TMR 2017 Speaker
I found The Media Rumble to be a fascinating gathering of top-flight journalists and commentators where many of the most urgent questions facing journalism today were addressed with insight, candour, and courage. At a time when objective, fact-based journalism is imperilled, The Media Rumble provided ample evidence that facts matter and that quality journalism in India will not only survive but thrive and prosper.TMR 2017 Speaker
I feel it is important that I am heard, by that I don’t mean individually, but that we are heard, we from the North–East and TMR gives that platform.TMR 2017 Speaker
The Media Rumble was an impressive event. It took me days to shake off all that I experienced at the forum, to return to my work. It was one of the best conferences I had been to, where the energy was infectious.TMR 2017 Speaker
Newslaundry is a subscription-driven, independent news media company. It has been at the forefront of free speech advocacy and the need for an independent news model as well as a free and accountable press. Since its inception, Newslaundry has been committed to presenting current affairs stories in innovative and engaging formats including media critique, reportage, documentaries, podcasts, animation and comics.
Co-founded by Madhu Trehan (a pioneer of Indian journalism and founding Editor of India Today and Newstrack - India’s first privately-produced video news magazine) and Abhinandan Sekhri (co-founder of Small Screen; writer and director of award-winning TV shows), Newslaundry most recently won the 2016 Ramnath Goenka Award for Investigative Journalism for its series on politicians misusing advertising funds of public sector companies for patronage.
The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing it to global audiences requires a deep understanding of our culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming and an unflinching attention to detail. Above all, we at Teamwork believe in love and respect for the artist. For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India.
In countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, Teamwork produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities. Teamwork Arts produces one of the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival.