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Media Bill: Regulation through the back door


The Daily Beast prize for South Asian journos

PRESS RELEASE: Tina Brown‘s portal, The Daily Beast, and the US-based non-profit organisation Open Hands Initiative have announced a new prize for South Asian journalists and writers covering the region. The aim of this prize is to promote and support the work of an individual who has contributed thoughtful, important, and engaging commentary on the great social, political, and cultural issues of their region.

Prize: The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize, a one-month residency at the Norman Mailer center and writers colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and a biweekly column for a year on The Daily Beast. The two finalists will also be invited to contribute commentary to The Daily Beast.

Structure: Editors and publishers across South Asia will be asked to nominate their best English-language columnists and writers by sending us three to five examples of their work and writing a brief letter explaining why that particular individual deserves this recognition. To submit a nomination, email

Eligibility: Any nominated columnist, journalist, or writer based in and writing about South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh) is eligible to participate. Only commentary written between October 1, 2009, and October 1, 2010, will be considered for the prize.

Deadline: The prize will be awarded at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2011. Finalists will be announced in December. All nominations must be submitted by October 1, 2010.

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Prabha Dutt fellowship for women journalists

The Sanskriti Foundation in collaboration with the Prabha Dutt memorial foundation is inviting applications from Indian women journalists in the 25-40 age group for the Prabha Dutt fellowship for excellence in journalist, in memory of the pioneering Hindustan Times journalist.

The fellowship covering a period of 10 months offers Rs 100,000 for women journalists to pursue a research project or a book in English, Hindi or a regional language.

Mail a CV with a short synopsis of 250-300 words of the project proposal with the names of two referees. The last date for receipt of applications is 31 August 2010.

For further information, write to Sanskriti Pratisthan, C-11, Qutub institutional area, New Delhi 110016.


Entries invited for Best Article Competition 2010

PRESS RELEASE: The Press Institute of India (PII), in association with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is inviting entries for the “3rd PII-ICRC Best Article Competition 2010”.

“If you think you have written and published an interesting article on humanitarian issues linked to a situation of armed violence, please do send a copy with complete details to or mail it to Press Institute of India, RIND premises, second main road, Taramani CPT campus, Madras 600113,” reads a press release.

The first prize is Rs 50,000, second prize Rs 30,000, third prize Rs 20,000.

Entries, published in Indian national or regional newspaper magazine between January 2009 and April 2010, should sent before 15 July 2010. Only one entry per journalist is allowed.

The 2009 winnes were Debabrata Mohanty (The Indian Express), Kavitha Muralidharan (The Week), M.M. Rehman (Jana Sakshi) , and the 2008 winners were Mohammed Wajihuddin (The Times of India), Raghu Karnad (Tehelka), T. Ageesh (Malayala Manorama),

For enquiries call: 044-22542344

9-month Express programme in journalism

Express Institute of Media Studies, the journalism school of The Indian Express, is inviting applications for its 9-month programme. The last date to apply is July 3.

Visit the website: Express Institute of Media Studies

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Times School of Journalism seeking applications

Times school of journalism seeking applications

The Times of India‘s school of journalism is inviting applications from graduates under 27 years of age for its business journalism course. The last date to apply is June 10.

Visit the website: Times School of Journalism

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Behind every news story, there is a back story

Lobbyists, who in another age would have been called brokers, fixers, middle men, etc, are the flavour of the month this summer in Delhi with the (official) tapping of phones of top lobbyist Neera Radia aka Niira Radia allegedly revealing the names of two prominent media personalities.

Ergo: a panel discussion.

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