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APPLICATIONS FOR

REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership National Media Fellowship, 2017

NOW CLOSED

Applications are invited for the fifth round of REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership National Media Fellowship for reporting on TB.

The National Media Fellowship for Reporting on TB is intended for English and Hindi journalists to undertake research on tuberculosis-related issues at the national level. It is expected that the work published by the Fellow will highlight a national-level issue related to tuberculosis and potentially have policy-level implications for TB care and control in India.

Read the Fellowship criteria and download the application form here.

To apply for this fellowship, please submit: 

    • A completed application form (including your editor/manager’s signature);

 

    • Your updated CV or resume;

 

    • Copies of at least three previously published stories on TB or other health issues. These can be in any language, but must have been published by a newspaper or magazine.

The last date for applications is 5 January 2017. All applications can be submitted by email to media4tb@gmail.com or by post to REACH, First Floor, 194, Avvai Shanmugam Salai Lane, Off Lloyds Road, Royapettah, Chennai – 600 014.

For any questions or clarifications, call REACH on (0)9711249004.

Local Language Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2016 Fellows!

Amitabh Pandey, Dainik Jansandesh, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Anjali Rai, Patrika, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Feroz Rizvi Kaider, Hindustan, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh

Rajesh Navale, Dhar News, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

Rakhi Ghosh, Samaya, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Saroj Ranjan Patnaik, The Biplabi Parikrama, Berhampur, Odisha

Sarvagya Purohit, Dainik Patrika, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

Seema Mohanlal C., Rashtra Deepika, Kochi, Kerala

Sneha Khare, People’s Samachar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Utpal Bhagawati, Dainik Janabhumi, Guwahati, Assam

2015 Fellows

Akriti Anand, Rajasthan Patrika, New Delhi

Atul Porwal, Patrika, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

Chunaram Godara, Hridaya Desh, Barmer, Rajasthan

Farhana Ahmed, Niyamiya Bharta, Lakhimpur, Assam

Mohan Kumar Gope, Prabhat Khabar, Danbadh, Jharkhand

Pushpam Kumar, Dainik Bhaskar, Raipur, Chattisgarh

Rajendra Singh Denok, Rajasthan Patrika, Bikaner, Rajasthan

Rajneesh Rastogi, Hindustan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Richard Joseph, Deepika, Trivandrum, Kerala

Rolly Shivhare, Sarvodaya Press, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Satananda Bhattacharjee, Dainik Asam, Hailakandi, Assam

Shirish Khare, Patrika, Raipur, Chattisgarh

Suchithra Priyadharshini, Mathrubhoomi, Kozhikode, Kerala

2014 Fellows

Dev Vyas, Freelancer, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Avinash Rawat, Senior Reporter, Dainik Bhaskar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Geetha PT, Sr Asst Editor, Puthiya Thalaimurai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Jhilam Karanjai, Senior Correspondent, Ei Samay Sangbadpatra (TOI), Kolkata, West Bengal

Monuranjan Bori, Sub-editor, Dainik Janambhumi, Guwahati, Assam

Pradip Srivastava, Senior sub-editor, Amar Ujala, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Praveen Prabhakar, Chief Copy editor, Hindustan, New Delhi

Rajiv Kumar Pandey, City Reporter, Prabhat Khabar, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Rohit Verma, Sub-editor, Rajasthan Patrika, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Sajil C, Sub-editor, Mathrubhumi Aarogyamasika, Calicut, Kerala

2013 Fellows

Arpan Khare, City Reporter, Dainik Jagran, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Athar Parvaiz Bhat, Freelancer, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Jahnavi Anandrao Sarate, Reporter/ Sub-editor, Maharashtra Times, Kohlapur, Maharashtra
Kanchan Kumari, City Reporter,Hindustan, Ranchi, Jharkhand
V Neelakandan, Chief Reporter, Kungumam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Pradeep Singh, Reporter, Rajasthan Patrika, Pali, Rajasthan
Prashant Dubey, Freelancer, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
Premvijay Patil, Bureau Chief, Naidunia, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh
Rajeev Tiwari, Sub-editor, Dainik Bhaskar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Reji Joseph, Staff Reporter, Rashtra Deepika, Kottayam, Kerala
Ruby Sarkar, Special Correspondent, Deshbandhu, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Sazzad Hussain, Freelancer, Lakhimpur, Assam

2012 Fellows

Ankita Mishra, Reporter, LN Star, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Davis Pynadath, News Editor, Deepika Daily, Thrissur, Kerala
Mohan Maruti Maskar-Patil, Sub-editor, Lokmat, Satara, Maharashtra
Mukesh Kumar Kejariwal, Special Correspondent, Dainik Jagran, New Delhi
Pavan Shrivastava, Jagran City Incharge, Dainik Jagran, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Rubee Das, Consulting Editor, Dainik Jhanambhumi, Guwahati, Assam
R Samban, Chief Reporter, Deshabhimani, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Sudeep Kumar, City Reporter, Patrika, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Vivek Shukla, Health-page incharge, Dainik Jagran, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Yasir Fayas, Sub-editor, Mathrubhumi Arogyamasika, Kozhikode, Kerala

National Fellowship Recipients

2017

We congratulate Karnika Bahuguna, Correspondent, Down to Earth Magazine, for being selected as our National Media Fellow, 2017.

2016

Disha Shetty, Senior Correspondent with DNA, Mumbai, has been selected as our National Fellow for 2016. Ms Shetty focused on TB in rural India. Between August and October, she worked on a three-part series on TB, which was published in the Mumbai and recently-launched Delhi editions of Daily News & Analysis in October, 2016.

The Migratory Mutant: How Patterns in the Labour Market are Helping TB Spread, 11 October

TB is Curable, But Not for Much Longer: Dr N Mistry, 11 October

TB Tales: When the cure turns toxic, 18 October

‘In India, anyone and everyone treats TB’: Dr Zarir Udwadia, 18 October

A Trial of TB Trauma: A Look at Those Battling the Disease at the Grassroots, 25 October

TB programme: Policy changes have been made; they need to be implemented, says Dr Soumya Swaminathan, 25 October

2015 

 

Menaka Rao, Mumbai-based journalist, was our National Fellow for 2015. During her Fellowship, Ms Rao examined gendered aspects of TB, specifically focusing on how women experience TB differently and how the disease impacts their lives, in the short and long-term. Her long-form stories were published in The Caravan and Scroll in September and October 2015.

 

The Gendered Delay in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tuberculosis Patients in India, 23 September

 

Carrying to term: Tuberculosis and the Pregnant Body, 1 October

 

Why there might be more women suffering from tuberculosis in India than we think, 22 October

 

2014

 

Dr Radheshyam Jadhav of The Times of India, Pune, was our National Fellow for 2014. During his Fellowship, Dr Jadhav focused on issues related to urban TB including migration and poverty. All stories were published in The Times of India in December 2014.

 

State’s failure to track migrants with tuberculosis raises concern , 5 December

 

Poor living conditions in city’s slums facilitate TB spread, 15 December

 

Govt thrust on ‘healthy housing’ to combat TB, 17 December

 

`Missed’ TB patients worry cities, 22 December

 

Cities like Pune will have to heed WHO warning on diabetes-TB link, 29 December

 

Online stories

 

527 patients registered under the national anti-tuberculosis drug resistance survey, 4 December

 

India making progress in halting TB, 17 December

 

Cost of controlling TB in India is sky rocketing, 17 December

 

Global TB Report estimation on Multi-Drug Resistent TB in India, 17 December

 

WHO issues interim guidance on use of new drugs 

 

Bachchan’s admission on TB will help reduce stigma

 

Central TB Division takes an effort to track missing patients

 

Need of healthy urbanisation 

 

2013

Dr R Prasad, Science Editor of The Hindu, was our National Fellow for 2013, and was chosen after a competitive evaluation process involving two rounds of evaluation. In the first, three applications were short-listed and in the second, final round, the three applications were evaluated by a senior scientist. This final round was a blind evaluation and the identity of the applicants was not revealed to the evaluator. Thank you to all those who took the time and effort to send in their applications!   During his Fellowship, Dr Prasad focused on childhood TB, a growing area of concern, and published over 20 stories on different aspects of this theme. All stories were published in The Hindu between October and December 2013.

In response to several requests from TB experts and organisations, REACH compiled and published a selection of Dr Prasad’s work. The publication was titled ‘Childhood TB: A journalist’s exploration’ and also included brief notes by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and renowned expert on childhood TB; Dr V Kumaraswami, retired scientist from the National Centre for Research in Tuberculosis, and currently an international consultant, who was Dr Prasad’s mentor; and Dr Ramya Anathakrishnan, Executive Director of REACH. Copies of the publication were also disseminated at the launch of a pediatric TB project in Chennai.

You can download the publication here.

Programme to prevent TB in children neglected, 3 October 2013

Don’t ignore the children (Editorial), 10 October 2013

TB: how many young children are wrongly diagnosed as disease-free?, 16 October 2013

Contact screening: the risk of wrong TB diagnosis, 24 October 2013

Paediatric TB: should Xpert molecular test replace smear microscopy?, 31 October 2013

Why the true burden of paediatric TB remains unknown, 6 November 2013

Missing TB Cases (Editorial), 7 November 2013

TB: ‘There is a clearly higher risk of mortality in children of 0-4 years’, 8 November 2013

Childhood TB: epidemiology reveals two risk periods, 13 November 2013

‘Age has a significant effect on the immune system in childhood TB’, 13 November 2013

‘Very few children in India are diagnosed and treated for MDR-TB’, 20 November 2013

In 80-90 %, TB bacilli in children same as in MDR-TB index case’, 20 November 2013

Sentinel Project gives a fillip to managing MDR-TB in children, 27 November 2013

‘Sentinel Project provides guidance on preventive treatment for children with MDR-TB infection’, 27 November 2013

Malnourished children in India below three years are underdosed for first-line TB drugs, 4 December 2013

‘Children metabolise TB drugs much faster than adults’, 4 December 2013

Second-line TB drugs: ‘It is more difficult to assess adverse effects in children’, 4 December 2013

TB and the Child, 10 December 2013, Frontline

Child-friendly, first-line TB combination drugs will be available in 2016: Dr. Mel Spigelman, 12 December 2013

‘Nuances of childhood TB are never taught in medical schools’, 12 December 2013

Clinical trials on child-friendly bedaquiline MDR-TB drug for children initiated, 14 December 2013

‘In 2003, RNTCP had eight lines in the guidelines that related to TB in children’, 14 December 2013

Podcasts

 Contact tracing of childhood TB cases: Interview with Dr Jeffrey R Starke, 6 November 2013

TB disease risk variation within the under-five age bracket: Interview with Dr. Peter R. Donald, 13 November 2013

In India, young children with MDR-TB disease are worst hit: Interview with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, 20 November 2013

Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Interview with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, 27 November 2013

Local Language Fellowships

The REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Media Fellowship Programme was initiated in 2010, to encourage reporting on TB by local language journalists from across India. Every year, after a rigorous screening and evaluation process, ten Fellowships are awarded to mid-career journalists to explore locally relevant TB-related issues. All Fellows attend a training and orientation workshop to learn about TB and enhance their health journalism skills. They also have access to a range of resources on TB as well as continued mentoring through the Fellowship process.

On returning to their newsrooms, Fellows are encouraged to travel within their states or districts, learning about the specific TB scenario there, meeting those whose lives have been affected by TB and identifying the stories they wish to tell. All Fellows receive financial assistance to support their travel and research expenses. Over a period of three months between October and December, Fellows are responsible for researching and writing a minimum of three high-quality, in-depth stories on a TB-related theme or issue.

Why local language journalists specifically?

–          There are relatively few opportunities for journalists who report in languages other than English to expand their knowledge and skills;

–          The majority of India’s newspaper readers read languages other than English;

–          We believe that there are several ‘local’ TB stories from across India that remain untold, that deserve to be told, to be read and shared.

–          High-quality reporting can break not just inform but also break myths and misconceptions and change attitudes.

A call for applications is usually issued in August every year.

To read stories by previous fellows, visit http://speaktb.tumblr.com

National Fellowship

The National Media Fellowship for Reporting on TB was awarded for the first time in 2013, and is intended for journalists to undertake research on tuberculosis-related issues at the national level. It is expected that the work published by the Fellow will have policy-level implications for tuberculosis care and control in India. One Fellowship will be awarded every year.