REACH Lilly MDR-TB Partnership National Media Fellowship, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
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
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
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
Abhay Kumar Nema, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Amarjeet Pal, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Dayashankar Mishra, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Peerzada Arshad, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Raju Kumar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Rakesh Malviya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Ranjith Chathoth, Kozhikode, Kerala
Subash Mohapatra, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
Karnika Bahuguna, Correspondent, Down to Earth Magazine, was awarded the National Media Fellowship, 2017. Ms Bahuguna focused on the different aspects of linkages between Tuberculosis and mental health. She worked on the stories from February-May, 2017 and her works were published in the Down to Earth magazine and on the blog.
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.
TB Tales: When the cure turns toxic, 18 October
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.
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.
Govt thrust on ‘healthy housing’ to combat TB, 17 December
`Missed’ TB patients worry cities, 22 December
India making progress in halting TB, 17 December
Cost of controlling TB in India is sky rocketing, 17 December
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
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
‘Children metabolise TB drugs much faster than adults’, 4 December 2013
TB and the Child, 10 December 2013, Frontline
‘Nuances of childhood TB are never taught in medical schools’, 12 December 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
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.