The News Room | JULY. 21. 2017

Capacity: 150 | Entry and seating on a first come basis


  • 10.30 – 11.30:
  • The New News – New media and how it has taken on the mantle from legacy media
  • Ashok Malik, Diksha Madhok, R. Jagannathan, Sruthijith KK
  • Moderated by Sandip Roy

  • 11.30 – 12.30:
  • Hindi Medium – Is the importance of Hindi news under-estimated in policy and media analysis?
  • Atul Chaurasia, Nidhi Kulpati, Om Thanvi, Saurabh Dwivedi
  • Moderated by Harshvardhan Tripathi

  • 12.30 – 1.30:
  • In Conversation: Michael Rezendes with Abhinandan Sekhri
  • Rezendes, Pulitzer Prize winner for his exposé of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

  • 2.30 – 3.30:
  • Making News Viable – Is there life beyond conventional ad-based models? Does news need new revenue models? The importance and challenges for disruptions in the economics of news.
  • Durga Raghunath, Robert Wijnberg, Rohin Dharmakumar, Siddharth Varadarajan
  • Moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri

  • 3.30 – 4.30:
  • Tyranny of Distance – From Arunachal Pradesh to Chhattisgarh to Adilabad. Is the tyranny of distance still a challenge for news in the digital age or just an excuse?
  • Dhanya Rajendran, Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Monalisa Changkija, Shujaat Bukhari
  • Moderated by Sandip Roy

  • 4.30 – 5.30:
  • Humour: The First line of Defence and Offence – Is humour the most effective and important way to speak truth to power?
  • Anuvab Pal, Ashish Shakya, Radhika Vaz, Sanjay Rajoura, Vir Das
  • Moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri
  • 5.30 – 6.30:
  • Alive At 40 (Stand-Up Comedy Special)
  • Anuvab Pal

The News Lab | JULY. 21. 2017

Capacity: 70 | Entry & Seating on a first come basis


  • 11.30 – 12.30:
  • Workshop (For Journalists) by Facebook News Partnerships Team
  • Learn about tools and systems being built by Facebook to enable journalists to combat hate and hacking.

  • 12.30 – 1.30:
  • The Author as Journalist – The art of storytelling; Reporting through novels
  • Manu Joseph, Prayaag Akbar, Rahul Pandita
  • Moderated by Anubha Bhonsle

  • 2.30 – 3.30:
  • Google Digital Storytelling Workshop (For Journalists) by Google News Lab
  • Learn time-saving tools to fight misinformation online and unlock the powerful world of data journalism to tell insightful stories – all this and more!

  • 4.30 – 5.30:
  • Masterclass by Shreya Shah
  • Numbers Speak the Loudest – In an age of alternative facts and fake news, there’s one thing that speaks the truth without fail – numbers. The essentials of data-journalism and its importance in today’s world.

The News Room | JULY. 22. 2017

Capacity: 150 | Entry and seating on a first come basis


  • 10.30 – 11.30:
  • Speaking Truth to Power – From Kim’s North Korea to Trump’s USA, where does India stand?
  • Hartosh Singh Bal, Sarah Shourd, Suki Kim
  • Moderated by Sreenivasan Jain

  • 11.30 – 12.30:
  • The Power of Lutyens’ Media – What is this mythical Lutyens’ media and what is its impact on news narratives?
  • Kanchan Gupta, Mihir Sharma, Nalini Singh, Swapan Dasgupta
  • Moderated by Ashok Malik

  • 12.30 – 1.30:
  • In Conversation: Suki Kim with Madhu Trehan

  • 2.30 – 3.30:
  • False News in the Post-Truth World – False news is a bad epidemic. But how do we fight it?
  • Govindraj Ethiraj, Pratik Sinha, R. Jagannathan, Shivam Vij
  • Moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri

  • 3.30 – 4.30:
  • Relationship between Media and Government – Is the ingrained impossibility of a good relationship between media and government possible?
  • Derek O’Brien, Kapil Sibal, Pavan Varma, Piyush Goyal
  • Moderated by Madhu Trehan

  • 4.30 – 5.30:
  • Talking Investigative Journalism – Journalistic ethics, protection of sources and the pressures on investigative reporting in the 21st century
  • Michael Rezendes, Neha Dixit, Ritu Sarin
  • Moderated by Madhu Trehan

The News Lab | JULY. 22. 2017

Capacity: 70 | Entry & Seating on a first come basis


  • 10.30 – 11.30:
  • Masterclass: by Robert Wijnberg
  • Subscription-driven Media Model – How do you get more than 50K people to pay for real, hard-core journalism – the challenges, opportunities and the need?

  • 12.30 – 1.30:
  • News as Investment – Why do people invest in news? Is it viable? Is it worth the risk? Is it soft power? How does one make it attractive?
  • Bala Srinivasa, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Siddharth Nautiyal, Siddharth Yog
  • Moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri

  • 2.30 – 3.30:
  • Twitter of News Workshop by Jennifer Hollett and Raheel Khursheed
  • By Invitation Only

  • 2.30 – 3.30:
  • In Conversation: Robert Wijnberg with Abhinandan Sekhri

  • 3.30 – 4.30:
  • In Conversation: Sarah Shourd with Sandip Roy