The Media Rumble

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.


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.

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Teamwork Arts

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.

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