Bengaluru: The 15th national conference of Network of Women in Media, India attended by 150 women journalists from across India including Kashmir and Manipur concluded on 9th February 2020 in Bengaluru, the city where it all began and was packed with discussions, workshops, exhibition, cultural program and get-togethers at the Indian Social Institute and Indian Institute of Agricultural Technologists. Babie Shirin from Imphal Free Press, Joyshree Usham from Impact TV, Thingnam Anjulika Samom and Urmila Chanam represented Manipur.
The theme of the three- day conference was “The Media, Citizenship and Identities” and there was an exhibition of posters, banners and slogans from the recent uprising against CAA-NRC-NPR and clampdown on universities at the venue.
Important discussions on gender, climate change and disasters and the role of media as mediator; citizenship, identity and migration; journalism, culture and identity; six months of the Kashmir blockade; the ethics of ‘fixer’ journalism; culture and arts in times of trouble were accompanied by an impressive performance a musical conversation by singers M D Pallavi and Bindhu Malini as they examined gender through stories of women across continents and generations.
The women journalists participated in the different learning workshops on “ Getting Ready for Global Media Monitoring Project 2020” facilitated by Ammu Joseph and Padmaja Shaw; “Media Entrepreneurship: How to Start and Sustain it” facilitated by Meera K, Sandhya Mendonca, Dhanya Rajendran and Aparna Vedpuri Singh; “Digital Branding and The Newsroom” facilitated by QUINTYPE; “ Regional Language Journalism Through Digital Media: Tips and Tools for Practitioners” facilitated by Rajesh Hanbal and Cynthia Stephen and “ How to Deal with Legalities and Defamation Threats When Writing Something Controversial” facilitated by Sunanda Mehta.
The national conference was organised by the Bengaluru chapter of Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and Urmila Chanam being Bengalurian was part of the organising committee.