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Interested in a citizen journalism course?

March 03, 2011 18:57 IST

India's first teaching programme in Citizen Journalism, a certificate course launched by the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism and Gujarat Media Club, will be held in Ahmedabad from March 4 to 6, 2011.

It will be held at the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA), opposite IIM campus, Ahmedabad.

Key speakers: Some of the speakers include Hasmukh Patel, Deputy Inspector General ofPolice (IPS), I P Gautam, Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad, and eminent lawyers Girish patel, Anand Yagnk, and Preeti Shah of CERC.

The vice chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Dr Sudarshan Iyengar will be the chief guest at the convocation on Sunday, March 6.


There is no age barrier, nor any qualification or language barrier to register for the course.

Course details

The course will cover aspects like understanding news, verifying, laws that impact news gathering (Civic, Police, Consumer and Human Rights) and the Right to Information and Press Laws.

Participtants would also be taught basic writing, editing and technology skills summing it upwith ethics and values.

The workshop will include a segment called Citizens Interaction with mainstream media, which explains to citizens the importance of Letters to Editor as a form of citizen journalism.

The workshop is part of the foundations' attempt to empower citizens across India. This is the sixth workshop in five cities including Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Pune. The foundation proposes to take this empowerment exercise to 50


Senior journalists, Aloke Thaore and Shishir Joshi, founders of the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism will be the course coordinators.

How to apply?

To register, participants have to:
1. Email Name, Contact Details and CV to
2. Send a draft or cheque of Rs 3,000 favouring "JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism" along with a hard copy of the CV to 302 Shubham Centre "A" CHSL, Cardinal Gracias Road, Chakala, Andheri (East), Mumbai 400 099.

There is a special concession for students, senior citizens and for people who register in a group of five or more.

College students/ senior citizens need to send a photocopy of their present identity copy along with their CV and a draft of Rs 1,250 for the same. The fee is inclusive of participation, reading material, a certificate and food on all three days.

For more details, visit OR contact:

Shishir Joshi: 098209 85853 (Mumbai)
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