Summer Journalism Institute for Women

  • 23-31 August 2018
  • 02.00-06.00 pm
  • New Delhi
The Summer Journalism Institute for Women (SJIW) will be held from 23-31 August 2018, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, from 2-6pm. The course conveners are Urvashi Butalia and Pamela Philipose.

Some sessions of SJIW will be led or co-led by guest lecturers. They include for instance Zoya Hasan. The course will offer a broad introduction to journalism, focusing on issues of identity broadly conceived.

SJIW will train participants in a journalism of substance, a more meaningful, grounded journalism, a journalism that believes that people matter. The course seeks to go beyond journalism school, beyond the offerings of a standard mass communication or a mass media course. Furthermore, SJIW seeks to help nurture women’s voices in Indian journalism, and, relatedly, to help make Indian journalism more excellent. The course would offer a ladder of entry, and a community for instruction, mentorship, and support to aspiring and practicing women journalists.

Fee per person through individual registration: Rs. 20,000.
Fee per person through group registration: as low as Rs. 12,000 per person.

For more information on the “Learn With Family & Friends” and “Institutional Concession Programs”, please click here.

College and post-graduate students aspiring to become journalists, to early- and mid-career practicing journalists, to those considering a career shift towards journalism are welcome to register. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instruction will be in English (though a small number of lecturers and panelists may speak in Hindi). Participants however can be interested in journalism in any language.

Participants will be provided readings for the course. By the end of SJIW, participant would have been asked to carry out an assignment. At the end of the course participants will be provided a certificate, recognizing their completion of the course. (AI will not be awarding degrees.)

Please find the course handbook in the below link, containing all further information.

Meet Our Instructors

  • Urvashi Butalia

    Urvashi Butalia is the Founder and CEO of Zubaan Books, a feminist publishing house. Among other works she is the author of The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India, which won the Oral History Book Association Award and the Nikkei Asia Award for Culture. She has received many further awards, including the French Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres and the Padma Shree.

  • Pamela Philipose

    Image source:Pamela Philipose Twitter page, accessed 29 Oct 2018

    Pamela Philipose is the Public Editor of She is a former advisor to the Media Task Force of the Government of India’s High Level Status of Women Committee Report. She began her career with The Times of India. Two decades later, as senior associate editor with The Indian Express, she anchored its edit page. She has been honoured with the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Journalist, and the Zee-Astitva Award for Constructive Journalism.

  • Hartosh Singh Bal

    Image source:Hartosh Singh Bal

    Hartosh Singh Bal is political editor at The Caravan, and author of Waters Close Over Us: A Journey Along the Narmada.

  • Zoya Hasan

    Image source:The Hindu, accessed 29 Oct 2018

    Zoya Hasan is Professor Emerita and former Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is a National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research.

  • Rasheed Kidwai

    Image source:Rasheed Kidwai Twitter page, accessed 29 Oct 2018

    Rasheed Kidwai is the author of Sonia, A Biography, and a Visiting Fellow at Observer Research Foundation

  • Arati Jerath

    Arati Jerath serves as Contributing Editor at Huffington Post India.

  • Farah Naqvi

    Farah Naqvi is the author of Waves In The Hinterland: The Journey of A Newspaper.

  • Chinmayi Arun

    Chinmayi Arun is an Assistant Professor of Law at National Law University, Delhi, and Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University.

  • Saumya Saxena

    Image source:Saumya Saxena

    Saumya Saxena is Adviser to the Law Commission of India, and has conducted Gender Sensitisation workshops for paramilitary forces (the Central Industrial Security Force). She is currently authoring two books, with Cambridge University Press and with Routledge.

  • Abhinandan Sekhri

    Abhinandan Sekhri is a founding partner of the media-criticism website He scripted the political satire shows Gustakhi Maaf and The Great Indian Tamasha.

  • Priya Sehgal

    Priya Sehgal serves as Senior Executive Editor at NewsX

  • Mannika Chopra

    Mannika Chopra is Managing Editor of the social science quarterly Social Change, and a longtime journalism educator, including at the Columbia Journalism School and Lady Sri Ram College.


  • Learning from top faculty;
  • Connecting with top visiting lecturers and panelists, drawn from both academia and journalism;
  • Receiving a robust introduction to journalism, including specifically on issues of identity broadly conceived;
  • Improving your analytical skills;
  • Receiving a certificate upon completion of the course;
  • Becoming a part of a network of practicing and aspiring journalists for life (in part through a dedicated Facebook page for course participants);
  • Possibility of long-term mentoring from course faculty;
  • Becoming a part of the Academe India network.