Batch of 2015-17

ARUNIMA GURURANI

Arunima is passionate about storytelling and can write both long and short pieces. Her interest lies in narrative journalism. She is comfortable with most digital tools used for storytelling and also understands basics of coding. Arunima has done sound designing for a documentary about Tibetan children with special needs. She has handled social media strategy design for Feminist Approach to Technology, and has created content for the same. She has also interned with organizations like News 18, Penguin Random House and has volunteered as a peer educator on sexuality education at the YP Foundation. Arunima has contributed to organizations like The Good Men Project, Rediff, Youth Ki Awaaz, Rural and Marketing Magazine and The Quint.

 


BAITULLAH HAMEEDI

Baitullah Hameedi is an Afghan citizen;he works as a multimedia journalist. He  currently works as a Radio Journalist with Pashto Division (ESD) of All India Radio (AIR). Apart from this, he regularly contributes to BBC Pashto and BBC Persian. He has also written for local newspapers in Kabul. He was the camera person for Just a little sunshine, a short documentary, which was selected for the We Care Film Festival held in New Delhi. He also has more than five years of experience in marketing. Baitullah can speak and write in English, Pashto, Persian and Urdu. He is also a skilled translator .Baitullah has lived in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and his familiarity with various cultures and societies makes him an ideal candidate to work as a journalist in South and Central Asia.  


DEBALIN ROY

Debalin Roy has been working as a freelance journalist for five years. He comes from Kolkata and has reported from various rural and semi-urban areas in states like  Tamil Nadu, Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, NCR and West Bengal. His interest lies in politics, social issues and developmental journalism. His main skill-set lies in multimedia and video journalism. He has published video as well as multimedia stories with organisations such as The Quint, Kafila, Catch News, BBC Hindi, NDTV and Youth Ki Awaaz. The first video recording of the Ramjas incident on 21st February 2017 was made by Debalin and his team mate; these visuals were widely circulated in mainstream media as well as social media. Debalin is interested in combining his writing skills with visual storytelling to produce innovative work in journalism.


DEEPAK VAISHNAV

Deepak is passionate about multimedia storytelling. His interest lies in reporting and writing for multimedia. During his masters in Convergent Journalism, he has acquired a variety of skills including video editing, photojournalism as well as  designing for print and online mediums. Deepak’s interest lies in politics, technology, economics and sports. He has directed the documentary Offside Dreams, a story about a Tibetan women’s soccer team. Deepak has worked as Media Head for the company Hoovy, for which he handled all media engagements in India. He has also worked as the editor of Roads Less Traveled (rltgo.com), a travel website. He headed the content generation department of this site. Deepak has worked with NDTV as a show researcher for prime time shows of NDTV 24×7 & NDTV India. At present Deepak and his team mates and working on an online portal committed to journalistic stories related to farmers titled Kheti Kisaani.


DHEERAJ MISHRA

Dheeraj‘s expertise lies in investigative reporting and data journalism. As a reporter he uses information collected through RTI-s to break news stories.He did a story on illegal mobile towers in Delhi and the hazards posed by them. For this story, he collected data from various sources including information gained through  RTIs as well as legal documents. Dheeraj and his team mates have developed a farmer’s portal called “Kheti Kisaani” which provides unique and in-depth content on agriculture. The website uses a collaborative approach. Through tie ups with different farmer’s organisations, Kheti Kisaani collects stories from individual farmers about the problems that they face. Dheeraj has a very good command over written and spoken Hindi. He prefers to do stories on agriculture, poverty, legal issues and education.  


EKTA HANDA 

Ekta is passionate about print and multimedia journalism. She has worked with many leading media organisations. She has interned with Hindustan Times, DailyO and  LEAF Society where she learned skills like social media management and distinct storytelling techniques. Ekta’s stint as a correspondent with The Times of Africa allowed her to develop her reporting and editorial skills. She is an expert in handling editing and designing softwares such as  InDesign, Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools. Ekta has played a key role in organising  Lungta– a film festival of Tibetan Films. This experience helped her to hone her organisational and managerial skills. Many of her stories like the reportage about the protests at Ramjas College in 2017 have been picked up by media outlets like The Indian Express and Youth Ki Awaaz. Ekta loves to read and learn new languages.She has a diploma in Spanish.


IESHAN WANI

Ieshan Wani comes from Srinagar; he  has been working as a journalist for the past four years. He started his career as a reporter with a UK based news portal Kashmir Dispatch in 2012 where he worked as a multimedia journalist. His work has been published on several international and national platforms including Huffington Post, Global Voices, DailyO, The New Indian Express, New Internationalist London and Himal Southasian, among others. He has also interned with NDTV. Ieshan is interested in multimedia and broadcast journalism. His interests also include developing new and innovative techniques of storytelling. He is a versatile journalist who is capable of using modern technology to tell any story in print, radio, television or online media. He is interested in Indian politics, foreign affairs, conflict reporting, counter-terrorism as well as Defence and Maritime security.


ISHTIAQ WANI

 Ishtiaq Wani is a storyteller who is interested in multimedia and narrative journalism. He closely follows current developments in domestic politics, environmental issues, human rights and  international relations. As a multimedia journalist, he intends  to creatively blend text, photography, video and data to make an impact. He  has knowledge of basic coding. Ishtiaq is interested in using evolving technologies in journalism  to tell innovative stories. He has published stories in Hindustan Times and his poems have appeared in different online magazines including Kindle Magazine. He has made two short documentaries; one  on female orphans in Kashmir and another on Tibetan refugees in Dehradun. His film on Tibetan refugees titled In Refuge of Memories won an award at Parampara Film Festival.He is a die-hard cricket fan and an avid reader.


JAMPHEL SHERAB

 Jamphel Sherab is a Tibetan refugee born in India. He enjoys telling stories through various mediums and is well trained in softwares like InDesign, Lightroom, ProTool and Final Cut Pro. Jamphel has a keen interest in international relations, politics, human rights and sports. His photo essay on single screen theatres was published in Scroll.in. He has also worked as the sound designer for a documentary, Offside Dreams on a Tibetan women’s football team. He  played a key role in the production of the documentary and translated the Tibetan interviews. He has also published stories in Indian Express and India Today. He is also the founder of  Tibetan Journal, an online news portal that deals with news stories related to Tibet and Tibetan communities living in exile. In his free time, Jamphel loves to stroll through the streets with his camera.


KHALID KOHISTANI

Khalid Kohistani has worked as the Head of Information at the Ministry of Counter Narcotics of Afghanistan government from 2012 to 2015. He was also the chief editor of Parsi Weekly, a weekly on culture and politics published from Kabul. During his tenure as the chief editor, Khalid handled editorial and planning responsibilities. From 2007 to 2012, he worked with the Department of Information and Public Relation of the Afghan Parliament. During his masters at AJK MCRC, he has acquired a variety of skills including  writing for print, designing, photojournalism, video editing, sound recording, and documentary making. Khalid is proficient in Persian and Pashto.

 


MAARIYAH SIDDIQUE

Maariyah’s interest lies in narrative storytelling for both print and online media. She has a passion for pursuing in depth stories relating to conflict and human rights. Her copywriting and proofreading skills are excellent. She has a sound understanding of digital journalism tools. Maariyah is a very good researcher and she is capable of working with data journalism techniques. She has interned with The Asian Age, Kolkata. She has also written for various news organisations such as The Quint, TwoCircles.net, Foreign Policy News, Youth Ki Awaaz, DailyO, The Times of India and Kashmir Monitor. She has handled digital media strategies for a project on Child Abuse for EduMedia, Bangalore. She has also interned with Newsgram, an online news portal based in Chicago.

 


SAMEER KHAN

Sameer is passionate about Bollywood cinema and has a keen interest in entertainment reporting. During his internship with NDTV.com, Sameer worked with Mr. Saibal Chatterjee, a national award winning movie critic. Sameer is well trained in radio and television production. His visual work has been published by The Wire and The Quint. He worked as the cameraman as well as editor in a documentary about Tibetan children with special needs titled Just a little sunshine. The film was selected for the We Care Film Festival. Before entering the field of media, Sameer did his engineering in the field of  IT. He is very good with technology and is comfortable with different editing and designing softwares, whether video, audio or online. Sameer’s aim is to become a well known film critic.

 


NITIKA KAKKAR

Nitika comes from Dehradun and her strength lies in reporting and editing for both print and visual mediums. Nitika is comfortable in reporting in English and Hindi. She is also adept at research and data analysis. She is particularly interested in reporting about farmers, informal labour sector, social issues and gender. Nitika and her teammates have developed a Hindi web portal dedicated to agriculture and farming where they are using innovative textual and visual methods to source and present in-depth stories from the ground. She also directed a documentary which explores the coexistence of Tibetans and Indians in Dehradun. She played a key role in organising Lungta– a film festival of Tibetan Films. Nitika’s report on the hardships faced by drought hit farmers from Tamil Nadu was published by The Wire. Her work has also been published at The Wire Hindi and Youth Ki Aawaz.


PIYUSH NAGPAL

Piyush is a journalist with 3 years of experience in online and video reporting. He documented the OccupyUGC movement in 2015 and reported the caste riots in Haryana as well as the DU protests of 2017. The video recording of the Ramjas incident on 21st February 2017, made by Piyush and his team mate went viral and was picked up by many mainstream media organisations. He has also done video stories for The Wire and Youth ki Awaz. During his bachelors, he started Literature Helpdesk, a forum for literature students with readership from over 50 countries. He also worked with The Indian Watchdog, an online portal which documents activism and student politics in Delhi. During his MA, he made a documentary on Tibetan community in Dehra Dun. Piyush combines RTIs and other data sources with multimedia tools to tell stories in an innovative manner.


SABA FATMI

Saba Fatmi is a multimedia Journalist. She has worked as an intern with the city reporting team of Hindustan Times, Patna. Her skills include news writing, camera work, newspaper designing, video production and reporting. Saba is well equipped to handle softwares such as InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Audacity and Lightroom. Both The Indian Express and India Today has published her video work on the Ramjas incident in 2017. Saba is interested in using  data visualization techniques for business journalism. She is a graduate in Economics. Her documentary on Tibetans in exile in India titled In Refuge Of Memories has received an award at the Parampara Film Festival. She worked as a camera person in this film.

 


SADIA AKHTAR

Sadia is a multimedia journalist. She is well trained in news writing, reporting, editing and video production. She has worked as an editorial intern with The Wire. During this period, she wrote staff copies, curated articles using digital storytelling tools and contributed stories. She did a story on oral history archives for which she interviewed people across India, Pakistan and UK. Prior to that, Sadia worked as a news trainee with CNN News18. Sadia actively covered the 2017 Ramjas incident with her team. Exclusive footage from this coverage was published by India Today Television and The Indian Express.Her work has also been published by Asian Age and The Quint. She has directed a documentary on Tibetan refugees titled In Refuge of Memories. It won the best film award at Parampara Media Festival. Sadia is interested in opportunities that would help her to creatively use her writing and visual storytelling skills.


SAHIBA KHAN

 Sahiba Khan is a journalist with a passionate interest in political and social issues. She is adept at creating content for print, audio, video and online platforms and is well-versed with cross-platform storytelling. She specializes in reporting and camerawork. With a basic understanding of coding and website making, along with a flair for creative story-telling, she has all the skills required to be a good multimedia journalist. She is well-versed with softwares like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Spark. She has scripted a  documentary film on Tibetan religious art titled Art in Exile. She enjoys covering stories that require a patient, empathetic and inquisitive spirit. She has contributed to organizations like University Express and the Press Trust of India. Her stories have appeared in The Hindu, Scroll.in, The Quint etc.

 


SHABNOOR IRSHAD

With her interest in storytelling and creative writing, Shabnoor intends to explore avenues in multimedia and television journalism. She has interned as a reporter with Catch News where she got bylines for education and lifestyle articles. She has also interned at an NGO, Cheshire Homes India-Delhi Unit where she worked with children who have special needs. She is interested in culture, education, human rights, literature, environment, health and lifestyle. Shabnoor did her major in English Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia. Her documentary on Tibetans in exile in India titled In Refuge of Memories has received an award at the Parampara Film Festival. In her work as a multimedia journalist, Shabnoor aims to bring together writing, photography and video. She is interested in collaborative approaches and her stories have always had an element of audience participation.


SHUBHAM KOUL

Shubham is a very confident individual with excellent communication skills. He is a well trained camera person. He is comfortable with both still and video camera work.  He is also familiar with producing multimedia content involving interactive tools such as timelines, maps and interactive graphics. He has worked as a researcher for the DD show “Sunehre Haath”-a series on master craftsmen of India. Shubham loves interacting with people from different walks of life and this has helped him to improve his interviewing skills. He and his team mates are currently working on a farmer’s portal which specialises in a collaborative approach. Shubham’s work on the hardships faced by drought hit farmers from Tamil Nadu was published by The Wire. He has also made a 7-minute documentary on a Tibetan women’s soccer team from Dehradun. He has  produced a photobook ‘Noxious Realities’ on the community of waste pickers at landfill sites in Delhi.


SUMAIYA ALI

Sumaiya Ali has completed her BA from Lucknow University. She has worked for two years as a show host with All India Radio. Sumaiya’s work has been published in Scroll.in and Youth ki Awaaz. She was the sound designer for a documentary on Tibetan art. She and her team mates run a website titled TheProjectSexuality which raises issues of gender and sex education . During graduation, she has worked with the Editorial Board of the college publication Chandbagh Chronicle. She was also a member of of NSS and English Literary society. With an interest in dramatics she has represented her college in State level street plays. Sumaiya loves to travel and aspires to become a news reporter. Her interest is in television and online journalism. She loves to explore and is open to various options in the field of journalism.

VISHANK SINGH

Born in Kanpur, Vishank is  working as the founding editor of Mimaansa, a news/opinion website since 2012. His works have been published on HuffPost India, The Wire, The Quint, Asia Pacific Research etc. His documentation of the life of textile factory workers of Sonipat got published in the Fountain Ink, a magazine known for its long-form journalism. The same year, his story on the problems of the Tribals of Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh got featured on The Citizen.Proficient in working across media platforms, Vishank likes to produce content by combining various web tools to make the stories more accessible. In 2015, he conducted an ethnographic study of the socio-economic interface on the ghats of Varanasi. This experience allowed him to develop better ways of documenting  people from different walks of life.His chief concern lies in covering issues on human rights, international politics and Indian political economy.


WAMIKA SINGH

Passionate about storytelling and inquisitive by nature, journalism and mass media is a natural fit for Wamika.  She graduated from IP College for Women, Delhi University in Mass media and Mass Communication. Her experience includes internships at the Times of India, All India Radio and Zee News. These internships helped her to fine tune her reporting and writing skills. As a part of her academic training in Jamia, she has made video news packages, video and radio documentaries as well as news bulletins for radio. She has also worked on online projects and has been the anchor for a live news show. A short documentary directed by her, Just a little sunshine was selected for the We Care Film Festival. Wamika is an avid reader and in her free time she reads up on parallel universes, spirits and wormholes.

 


ZARAFSHAN SHIRAZ

 Zarafshan Shiraz is a storyteller from Lucknow who enjoys writing features. She has worked with many travel websites as a writer. Zarafshan has worked with the editorial team of CNN-News18 and has done a one month training program with Doordarshan. She aims to be a multimedia journalist and is looking out for opportunities to cover stories for both print and online. Photography and scriptwriting for radio and television are her strengths. Her areas of interest are sports, crime, culture, politics and literature. She is good with online editing tools like Adobe Lightroom, FCP, Audacity, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe InDesign and iNews. She has done her graduation and post graduation from Jamia Millia Islamia in English and Convergent Journalism respectively. She intends to explore her creative storytelling style to report and bring those stories on the surface which have long remained on the fringes of the society.