Gone are the days when reader’s contributions to news media were limited to the ‘Letters to the Editor’ page. Nowadays, especially with the advance of new media technology and the normalcy of cell phones, citizens collect, report, analyse, and distribute news and information, sometimes more quickly than traditional journalists. To help contextualize this new concept for our audience, Avid Learning and the U.S. Consulate Mumbai present Citizen Journalism: Where the West meets Mumbai. Christine Tatum, President and CEO of Media Salad, and Shishir Joshi, CEO of Bombay First, will discuss the evolution of journalism, drawing on examples from the U.S., India, and the rest of the world. They will provide an insight into how news coverage has been democratized through the multiplicity of voices being heard.
Christine Tatum is a veteran writer and editor who has worked for the Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post and the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record. She was among the first journalists to work simultaneously in print, broadcast and online media via the Tribune’s Website and cable television station. She has won honors from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2006, Ms. Tatum was elected national president of the Society of Professional Journalists, one of the nation’s largest and oldest journalism-advocacy organizations. She went on to serve as editor-in-chief of a Beltway-based online service that delivers news summaries to Fortune 500 companies, congressional committees, White House officials and high-profile nonprofit organizations. She is currently the CEO and president of Media Salad, a rapid-response research and reporting service.Read more
SHISHIR JOSHI CEO, Bombay FirstFormerly the Group Editorial Director of Mid Day, Shishir Joshi has also previously headed the Western region of the TV Today network as executive editor. During his career as a full-time journalist, Shishir has also been associated with CNN.com, NDTV and The Indian Express. In 2009, Shishir co-founded Journalism Mentor, a student program focussed on promoting excellence in journalism. Shishir is also a trustee of ‘Muskaan Sharing Smiles’, a not-for-profit engaged in educating children with financial difficulties. A lawyer by education, Shishir was selected in 1997 as a Chevening scholar, which is a UK Government programme for media professionals with leadership potential. As mentor and teacher of Journalism, Shishir co-curated a first-of-its-kind teaching programme in Citizen Journalism and mentored over 700 citizen journalists across several states in India. He is currently the CEO of Bombay First, a not-for-profit Public Private Partnership.Read more