4th National Conference on Media and Journalism To Be Held In Pune

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Pune, 7th November 2022: MIT World Peace University’s School of Media & Communication is organising the 4th National Conference on Media & Journalism (NCMJ) to be held on November 10- 12, 2022 at the world’s largest dome: World Peace Dome in Pune.

Partners in this year’s NCMJ include Mumbai Press Club (Mumbai), R.K. Laxman Museum (Pune), Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia (New Delhi) and Pune Union of Working Journalists (Pune). The Conference will have some of the best-known voices from the world of print, TV and digital media. This year’s NCMJ would also be adding another feather in its cap by instituting the first-ever JOURNALISM FOR PEACE AWARDS whose three winners in the categories of PRINT, BROADCAST & DIGITAL journalism will be awarded at its inaugural session.

“This being a special year celebrating AZADI KA AMRIT MAHOTSAV and INDIA AT 75 we will have a stellar cast of speakers who will show us from a variety of perspectives the journey of our media–from the early days of newspapers to our present age of digital media. Some of these names include: Smt. Smita Prakash, Editor, ANI, Shri Jawahar Sircar, MP and former Prasar Bharti CEO, Smt. Usha Laxman, Director of R.K. Laxman Museum, Prof. Raghavendra Tanwar, Padma Shri Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi, Smt. Anurradha Prasad, Chairperson & Managing Director of B.A.G Films & Media, and Editor in chief of News 24, Shri Rishi Suri, Senior Editor, International Affairs, The Daily Milap, Diplomatic Correspondent, Media Fellow of the Australia India Council, Prof. Priyankar Upadhayaya, Chairholder, UNESCO for Peace and Intercultural Understanding and Coordinator, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University, Prof. K G Suresh, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication & Eminent Journalist, Shri Swapnil Bapat, President, PUWJ, Smt. Prachee Kulkarni, Sr. Journalist, Shri Samrat Phadnis, Editor in Chief, Sakal, among others.

This is also the year that we are proud to introduce for the first time ever in India, the Journalism for Peace Awards (JFPA 2022) to recognize exemplary works of journalism in Print, Digital and Broadcast Media. This unique award has been instituted by MIT-WPU to promote the culture of Dialogue, Inclusivity & Peace in journalism. The winners for this year are Mr. Sushil Kumar Mahapatra, Associate Editor, NDTV, India in the Broadcast category, Neetu Singh, Independent Journalist in Digital category and Ms. Ravleen Kaur, Freelance Journalist, Down to Earth in the Print category. The awardees have been selected by a panel of esteemed jurors including Shri K.G. Suresh, Vice Chancellor, Makhan Lal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & eminent journalist, Shri Rasheed Kidwai, author, political analyst and visiting fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, Ms Nirupama Subramanian, National Editor (Strategic Affairs), Indian Express and eminent journalist, Ms Patricia Mukhim, Senior Journalist, and Editor, The Shillong Times (Meghalaya) & Padmashree Award Winner, 2000, Prof (Dr) R.M. Chitnis, Vice Chancellor, MIT World Peace University, and Dhiraj Singh, Director, MIT World Peace University School of Media & Communication, Senior Journalist & Author. The winners of the JFPA 2022 will be felicitated in person at the 4th National Conference for Media and Journalism on November 10, 2022, and awarded a sum of Rs. 50,000 each for their significant contribution to journalism.

The National Conference on Media and Journalism from its inception has been very close to the vision and mission of Shri Rahul V. Karad, Managing Trustee & Executive President MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, Executive President, MIT-WPU. Shri Rahul V. Karad has been instrumental in turning MIT-World Peace University into a world-class institution of excellence that combines the best of Indian thought with the most cutting-edge global education standards. With the theme of ‘Dialogue, Inclusivity & Peace’, the three-day NCMJ aims to be a platform to discuss and deliberate on the future course of media and journalism, especially in a world plagued by conflict with tensions. The past year itself has witnessed multiple instances of global conflict, including the Russia-Ukraine war.

NCMJ was launched in the year 2019 by MIT World Peace University, Pune (MIT-WPU), which is the Flagship University of MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions, Pune. The first edition of National Conference on Media & Journalism was held during September 21 & 22, 2019 at the world’s largest dome, built by our Revered Founder & UNESCO Chair Holder, Prof. (Dr) Vishwanath D. Karad at our Vishwarajbaug campus. It was for the very first time that over 200 journalists and media professionals from different parts of the country congregated on one platform and engaged in exhaustive deliberations. Some of the past speakers at three NCMJs have included leading lights from the media such as Shri N. Ram of The Hindu Group, Sr. Journalist Ms Neerja Chowdhary, Shri Aniruddha Bahal, Founder, Cobra Post, Padmashri Photojournalist Shri Pablo Bartholomew, Shri Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Eminent Journalist, Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder, Boom Live, among others.

MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions has been setting new standards in education since the past 4 decades with 4 Universities and over 65000 students. Since its inception in 1983, it has been established as the harbinger of new age education practices to augur all round development of students. Now, as the first World Peace University in the country, MIT WPU under the UNESCO Chair held by it for Democracy, Peace, Human Rights & Tolerance, is on the mission of making ‘World Peace through Education’ a reality.



This year’s NCMJ aims to address challenges, issues and solutions in the field of media and journalism through an informed engagement with the topics listed below:

1. 75 Years of Indian Journalism

2. OTT: Whatever happened to the Blockbuster?

3. Youth to Youth: Cancel Culture

4. Documenting past, present & future

5. Media to Media: The Changing Mediascape: Credibility, Revenue and Technology

6. New Media, New Jobs

7. Voice of peace in Times of Conflict



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