TMR Dispatches reach East India – This friday 10 July at 5pm IST

We don’t need no mainstream: Our stories, our storytellers

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Patricia Mukhim editor of The Shillong Times Photo via The Media Rumble

The Media Rumble , an annual news media forum, hosted by Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts, will stream its second session of ‘TMR Dispatches,’ which focuses on East India and is titled – ‘We don’t need no mainstream: Our stories, our storytellers. Scheduled for Friday, 10 July 2020, at 5 pm, the online series features ‘NEWS’ that criss-crosses the North, East, West, and South of India. It brings together leading news professionals from these regions to discuss larger news media trends and issues.

Panellists include Karma Paljor an award-winning journalist and co-founder and director of Atvi Infotainment and editor-in-chief at Eastmojo.com, Pradip Phanjoubam author and the editor of FPSJ Review of Arts and Politics, Patricia Mukhim, Padmashree awardee for her social service activity and currently editor of The Shillong Times, Afrida Hussain, Founder and editor-in-chief, INSIDENE and Meghnad, former LAMP fellow who has worked with multiple MPs and is currently associate editor at Newslaundry.

The first session of TMR was hosted by Newslaundry’s Executive Editor, Manisha Pande, who was joined by Arfa Khanum Sherwani, senior editor at The Wire; Dr Himanshu Dwivedi, Chief Editor of Hari Bhoomi; Shahid Siddiqui, managing director and chief editor of Nai Duniya; and Sukirat, a writer and columnist from Punjab. The session acknowledged North India’s undisputed penetration into the news media, and discussed several other subjects such as the Hindi media’s role and the still-prevalent upper-caste dominance in newsrooms.

The fourth edition of TMR, titled TMR@Online, will be a digital-only forum. Scheduled for September 2020, TMR@Online will feature conversations and discussions on some of the most pressing issues concerning news media. Among the themes that TMR will focus on this year will naturally be the overwhelming impact of Covid-19, acknowledging the role of ‘media front-line warriors’ while also analyzing the economic impact of the pandemic on the news media – layoffs, ad-revenue trajectories and the need to rethink business models. Sessions on the migration crisis, and how it was covered by the press will also be hosted. In addition, topics such as gender and caste composition of Indian media houses, press freedom, hate news, and the future of news media in an age of digital transformation will feature at TMR@Online.

TMR Dispatches upcoming Schedule

Friday 24 July 2020, 5:00 PM IST

West – Mumbai’s Lutyens — Is entertainment journalism all about access?

South India – Reclaiming centre space in news: A robust market and innovation hub 

*TMR@Online Schedule will be released closer to the date.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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