Friday, August 02 News Room @ Stein Auditorium News Lab @ The Theatre News Server @ Silver Oak Live Stream @ Gulmohar
09.30AM - 10.10AM

Inaugural Address

Madhu Trehan and Sanjoy Roy

10.05AM - 11.05AM

Gender representation in news media

The biggest and most comprehensive research project undertaken that shows us how much women are represented in the news media: print, broadcast and digital. 

 

Anant Goenka, Nishtha Satyam, Priya Ramani, Aishwarya R. Dhanush

Moderated by Nisha Susan

Presented by UN Women

11.10AM - 12.00PM

Digital Freedoms

The challenges of addressing the legal, practical and tech aspects in regulating speech online and not inhibiting liberty.

Amba Kak, Nikhil Pahwa, Subho Ray

Moderated by Samir Saran

The immersive power of audio

With India emerging as an audio-first internet nation, is this the new ""pivot-to"" format or just a passing fad?

Amit Varma, Neha Mathews, Padma Priya

Moderated by Meghnad S.

हिंदी न्यूज़ चैनलों का वर्तमान

क्या हिंदी न्यूज़ चैनल आत्मघाती हो चले हैं? क्या इनकी विश्वसनीयता निचले धरातल को छू रही है?

Milind Khandekar, Smita Sharma, Vinod Kapri, Shammi Narang

Moderated by Manisha Pandey

12.05PM - 12.55PM

In Conversation : Ajit Mohan with Abhinandan Sekhri

The evolution of online audio and video platforms and where are they headed. How will the emergence of these platforms impact bigger players in negotiating divergent international conventions and policies?  

Masterclass by Basil Ajith - Digital Security Training

SFLC has a 'Digital Security Training' project aimed at training individuals to adopt digital security measures, including why people should care about this, the legal aspects, and training people on how to use freely available tools to protect their data and privacy.

01.00PM - 01.50PM

Media and the establishment: An inevitable conflict

Must the relationship between journalists and the establishment be one of combat? How effective is it in change for the better?

Anant Nath, James Wright, Nidhi Razdan

Moderated by Shereen Bhan

Journalism as a high-risk profession

With journalists facing serious physical threats while doing their jobs, how much risk is worth it?

Dhanya Rajendran, Pushpa Rokade, Sandhya Ravishankar

Moderated by Deepanjana Pal

01.55PM - 02.55PM

Caste representation in news media

The biggest and most comprehensive research project undertaken that shows us how caste is represented across newsrooms, op-ed pages, TV panels, and radio stations

Akash Poyam, Amitabh Behar, Christina Thomas Dhanaraj, Sudipto Mondal

Moderated by Cynthia Stephen

Presented by Oxfam

Presentation by Christina Lee - Unbias the News: How diversity improves journalism

Christina Lee from the Hostwriter network will discuss bias in the newsroom and how it can be countered with diversity and collaboration for better reporting. 

Presentation by Vivian Schiller - Truth to Power: How can we rearchitect the news ecosystem to support trust and sustainability

Journalism is in crisis. Trust is at an old time low. Legacy business models have collapsed. What if there was another way? Vivian Schiller of The Civil Foundation will talk about how journalists and the public they serve can take back control. 

Presentation by Pratham Mittal - Can technology fix our netas?

In the context of the Neta app and similar platforms, Pratham will discuss how technology, big data & gamification can be used to create accountability in government.

Masterclass by Gaurav Godhwani and Simonti Chakraborty - Exploring pathways to Data-driven Journalism using Open Budgets India

The session will focus on exploring various fiscal tools from OBI platform, to explore and analyse the budget and spending data from various tiers of governments in India. 

Masterclass by Google News Initiative India Training Network - FactQ: Verification lessons from the elections  

What have the recently concluded polls taught us about fact-checking? A quick run-through on verifying photos, videos and posts that you spot online.

The Business of News

How far have we come in creating alternate revenue streams and what will it take to make them work? 

Disha Mullick, Manish Chopra, Mariam M. Mathew, Prasanna Viswanathan, Neelesh Misra

Presented by Business Standard

Film Screening- Rosewater

Duration: 103 mins | Language: English

Followed by an In conversation with

Deepanjana Pal, Maziar Bahari

03.00PM - 03.50PM

Agents Provocateur: Media's role in instigating social conflict

In the pursuit of eyeballs, is primetime hysteria at best justifying vigilante violent acts and at worst fuelling them?

Dominique Sigaud, Khalid Shah, Rahul Dev, Vani Tripathi Tikoo

Moderated by Manisha Pande

Presentation by Christina Lee - Unbias the News: How diversity improves journalism

Christina Lee from the Hostwriter network will discuss bias in the newsroom and how it can be countered with diversity and collaboration for better reporting. 

Presentation by Vivian Schiller - Truth to Power: How can we rearchitect the news ecosystem to support trust and sustainability

Journalism is in crisis. Trust is at an old time low. Legacy business models have collapsed. What if there was another way? Vivian Schiller of The Civil Foundation will talk about how journalists and the public they serve can take back control. 

Presentation by Pratham Mittal - Can technology fix our netas?

In the context of the Neta app and similar platforms, Pratham will discuss how technology, big data & gamification can be used to create accountability in government.

Masterclass by Gaurav Godhwani and Simonti Chakraborty - Exploring pathways to Data-driven Journalism using Open Budgets India

The session will focus on exploring various fiscal tools from OBI platform, to explore and analyse the budget and spending data from various tiers of governments in India. 

Masterclass by Google News Initiative India Training Network - FactQ: Verification lessons from the elections  

What have the recently concluded polls taught us about fact-checking? A quick run-through on verifying photos, videos and posts that you spot online.

The never-ending problem of fake news

It emerged as a problem yesterday, it is endemic to news today, and it threatens to destroy the credibility of news tomorrow. Where are we? Where are we going?

Berges Y. Malu, Nalin Mehta, Shivnath Thukral, Surabhi Malik

Moderated by Samir Saran

Film Screening- Rosewater

Contd...

03.55PM - 04.45PM

In conversation: Gulzar with Abhinandan Sekhri

Poetry and cinema: Giving expressions to aspirations

Presentation by Christina Lee - Unbias the News: How diversity improves journalism

Christina Lee from the Hostwriter network will discuss bias in the newsroom and how it can be countered with diversity and collaboration for better reporting. 

Presentation by Vivian Schiller - Truth to Power: How can we rearchitect the news ecosystem to support trust and sustainability

Journalism is in crisis. Trust is at an old time low. Legacy business models have collapsed. What if there was another way? Vivian Schiller of The Civil Foundation will talk about how journalists and the public they serve can take back control. 

Presentation by Pratham Mittal - Can technology fix our netas?

In the context of the Neta app and similar platforms, Pratham will discuss how technology, big data & gamification can be used to create accountability in government.

Masterclass by Gaurav Godhwani and Simonti Chakraborty - Exploring pathways to Data-driven Journalism using Open Budgets India

The session will focus on exploring various fiscal tools from OBI platform, to explore and analyse the budget and spending data from various tiers of governments in India. 

Masterclass by Google News Initiative India Training Network - FactQ: Verification lessons from the elections  

What have the recently concluded polls taught us about fact-checking? A quick run-through on verifying photos, videos and posts that you spot online.

Masterclass by News Partnership Team, Facebook -

Leveraging Facebook and Instagram Video Storytelling for Publishers

Session 1: Video Storytelling on FB Session 
Session 2: IG for News & IG story school

04.50PM - 05.40PM

News Media: Motivations and odds

In an age where news is going through crisis of credibility and sustainability, why do entrepreneurs choose it as a business?

Abhinandan Sekhri, Dhanya Rajendran, Prasanna Viswanathan, Rohin Dharmakumar, Samir Patil

Moderated by Siddharth Yog

Presented by SoftBank

In Conversation: Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg with Maya Mirchandani

The Norwegian Ambassador to India discusses Norway's Energy-positive movement and importance of environmental journalism.

The power of satire making legacy media and establishment uncomfortable

Leading satirists in Hindi and English in conversation with Akash Banerjee on pushing the boundaries and talking truth to power.

Rajneesh Kapoor, Sampat Saral, Shivankit Singh Parihar, Vasu Primlani

Moderated by Akash Banerjee

Masterclass by News Partnership Team, Facebook -

Contd...

Saturday, August 03 News Room @ Stein Auditorium News Lab @ The Theatre News Server @ Silver Oak Live Stream @ Gulmohar
09.40AM - 10.25AM

Film Screening - Free Meek

Duration: 43 mins | Language: English
The series chronicles Meek Mill’s fight for exoneration in his legal case while exposing the broader flaws of the U.S. criminal justice system.

Film Screening- The Clinton Affair

Duration: 60 mins | Language: English 
The biggest political scandal of a generation and its lasting impact on the United States.

10.30AM - 11.20AM

In conversation: Swara Bhaskar with Abhinandan Sekhri

Gender in cinema, its representation, its power structures and misogyny faced by women with an opinion, on social media.

In Conversation: David Usborne (Senior Investigator QRI) with Sunetra Choudhury

How an investigation in the US, led by a former journalist, exposed its broken judicial system.

AI to machine learning: The automation of news

From algos that determine recommendations to CMSs for traffic - Is tech the biggest factor in making news work?

Kavya Sukumar, Kawaljit Singh Bedi, Rahul Kapoor, Rajat Nigam, Rashmi Mittal

Moderated by Vikram Ahuja

Presented by SoftBank

Film Screening- The Clinton Affair

Contd...

11.25AM - 12.15PM

Dissecting the #MeToo tsunami

Was the Indian media responsible in its coverage or did it sacrifice the credibility of the movement at the cost of speed and sensationalism?

Padma Priya, Paromita Vohra, Supriya Nair, Vivian Schiller

Moderated by Amit Varma

Climate change in Indian media: Hot but not bothered?

From floods to forest fires - Are journalists failing to connect the dots?

WWF India Representative,

Aruna Chandrasekhar, Nitin Sethi, Sanjay Upadhyay

Moderated by Sarah Jacob

Sponsoring the news

Do advertisers care about the quality or messaging of the shows they sponsor? Should they?

Atika Malik, Santosh Desai, Vikas Mehta

Moderated by Sunetra Choudhury

Masterclass by Dr Viswanath - How to avoid misinformation: A workshop on evidence-based health reporting

An interactive session led by Dr K. Viswanath on how reporters can address misinformation by accurately interpreting and translating health evidence in their news stories.

12.20PM - 01.10PM

Film Screening- Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press

Duration: 102 mins | Language: English

How a battle between billionaires and journalists took down a media conglomerate.

In Conversation: Dominique Sigaud

A reporter, writer and essayist, Dominique Sigaud will talk about her critically acclaimed books and her work on Rwanda for which she won the AFJ Prize in 1996.

Solutions for agrarian economy: Markets, governments and civil society

After having being ignored for years, the agrarian crisis has become a major news point in the last decade. Where will the solutions come from?

Avik Saha, Ishteyaque Amjad, Nivedita Khandekar

Moderated by Smita Sharma

Presented by Coca-Cola

Masterclass by Dr Viswanath - How to avoid misinformation: A workshop on evidence-based health reporting

Contd...

01.15PM - 02.05PM

Film Screening - Free Meek

Duration: 43 mins | Language: English

How an investigation in the US, led by a former journalist, exposed its broken judicial system.

Followed by an In conversation with

David Usborne, Sunetra Choudhury

02.10PM - 03.00PM

In conversation: Brian Knappenberger and James G. Wright with Madhu Trehan

The experiences in making a film that takes on giant lobbies and billionaires, and making it work

Masterclass by Amrita Tripathi, Mrinalini Santhanam and Keya Madhvani - #TwitterForNews

Go beyond 280 characters. Join a team from Twitter India to talk about best practices for journalists, how to optimise and leverage your content on Twitter and learn the latest Twitter tips and tricks. 

Presented by Twitter

Fwd: the appeal of fake news

Why does fake news work? What are the tools to fight fake news? Will the solution be a technological innovation or an editorial exercise? Why does it spread faster than truth?

Alok Sarin, Govindraj Ethiraj, Manisha Pande, Pratik Sinha, Santosh Desai

Moderated by Amit Varma

Film Screening - Free Meek

Contd...

03.05PM - 03.55PM

Calling out our own

Is media's criticism of other media houses a healthy practice for improvement or an exercise in discrediting news?

R. Jagganathan, Sevanti Ninan, Shekhar Gupta, Siddharth Varadarajan

Moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri

पार्टी का पत्रकार या पत्रकार की पार्टी?

क्या छवि की चुनौती से जूझ रहे हैं राजनीतिक दलों के मीडिया प्लेटफॉर्म? क्या वे चाहकर भी निष्पक्ष हो सकते हैं? वे पत्रकारिता की सेवा कर रहे हैं या पार्टी की?

Baldev Bhai Sharma, Bhalchandra Kango, Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi, Zafar Agha, Kavita Krishnan

Moderated by Atul Chaurasia

Age of collaborative journalism

In an age of disappearing borders, journalists are doing stories at a global scale with lesser resources by forming virtual connections.

Bettina Chang, Christina Lee, Vivian Schiller

Moderated by Rohan Venkataramakrishnan

Presented by SoftBank

Masterclass by Asmita Ghosh and Japleen Pasricha - The #GBVinMedia Toolkit: How To Report Gender-Based Violence Sensitively

Join Feminism in India in an intensive workshop on how to report gender-based violence (GBV) more sensitively as they present the #GBVinMedia toolkit that contains a set of media ethics guidelines on GBV reportage.

Asmita Ghosh, Japleen Pasricha

04.00PM - 04.50PM

The Politics of Cinema

Has Indian cinema in the 21st century served any role in political messaging as art is expected to?

Anubhav Sinha, Shubhra Gupta, Vinod Kapri, Sabrina Dhawan

Moderated by Jyoti Nisha

Presented by Red FM

Investigative Generalism: Journalism to corporate diligence

With investigative journalism being expensive and news platforms looking to cut costs, how can investigative journalism survive?

David Usborne, Josy Joseph

Moderated by Neha Dixit

Film Screening- City of Ghosts

Duration: 93 mins | Language: English 

Follow the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. 

04.55PM - 05.45PM

The Layers of Identity in Writing and Journalism

Three novelists and journalists discuss their craft and writing, and the role of identity, legacy and historical baggage. 

Aatish Taseer, Prayaag Akbar, Raj Kamal Jha

Moderated by Madhu Trehan

In Conversation: Paromita Vohra with Manisha Pande

Yes...No...Maybe? Exploring love, sex, desire and consent, and what makes it so tricky.

Manisha Pande, Paromita Vohra

Film Screening- City of Ghosts

Contd...

05.50PM - 06.00PM

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