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REACH Media Fellowship for Reporting on TB, 2020

Last date for submission of applications: July 3, 2020

Applications are invited for the tenth edition of the REACH Media Fellowships for Reporting on TB (2020). Journalists working for any local language print or digital publications in India (other than English) are eligible to apply to the Fellowship Programme. In 2020, REACH will award a minimum of 12 Fellowships. The Fellowship programme is in keeping with our mandate to engage the media for consistent, high-quality reporting on TB under the ALLIES Project supported by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Read the Fellowship criteria and download the application forms here:

English Application Form 2020

Hindi Application Form 2020

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 must have been published by a newspaper or magazine or on a website.

The last date for applications is July 3, 2020. All applications can be submitted by email to

For any questions or clarifications, call REACH on +91-7829546741.


2019 Fellows

Bhabesh Medhi, Dainik Assam, Guwahati, Assam

Mahesh Deka,, Guwahati, Assam

Himangshu Anupam, Dainik Gana Adhikar, Guwahati, Assam

Sumit Kumar Sinha, Prabhat Khabar, Patna, Bihar

Neeraj Kumar, Dainik Jagran, Patna, Bihar

Shaikh Tayyab Tahir, Patrika, Jagadalpur, Chhattisgarh

Shweta Shukla, Dainik Mahakoshal, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Chhaya Kumari,, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Nibedita Pattanayak, Samaj Saptahik, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Anuj Das, News World, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Chandra Bhan Yadav, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Rajeev Dwivedi, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

2018 Fellows

Akash Mishra, Dainik Bhaskar, Raipur, Chhatisgarh

Akhilesh Pandey, Navbharat Times, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Anand Tiwari, Prabhat Khabar, Patna, Bihar

Jagdish Suna, The Samaya, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Jommy Kuriakose, Rashtra Deepika, Kottayam, Kerala

Kumar Saurabh, Khabar Mantra, Ranchi, Jharkhand

Manoj Agasti, Asomiya Pratidin, Guwahati, Assam

Nagappan K, The Hindu Tamil, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Nalini Ranjan, Dainik Jagran, Patna, Bihar

Pritika Datta, Sangbad Pratidin, Kolkata, West Bengal

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


Congrats, Anumeha Yadav, who has been selected as REACH National Media Fellow 2018. Ms Anumeha is an independent journalist based in Delhi.


Karnika Bahuguna, Correspondent, Down to Earth Magazine, was selected as our National Media Fellow, 2017. During the Fellowship, Ms Bahuguna chose to highlight the linkages between TB and Mental Health. Stories exploring the linkages were published in Down to Earth magazine between February and June 2017.

Impact of tuberculosis on mental health largely ignored, March 24 2017

Depression, an invisible burden for TB patients; and we must urgently address this, April 7 2017

India wants to be TB-free by 2025, but patients suffer due to stigma, lack of counselling, April 25 2017

TB’s Hidden Links, June 15 2017


Disha Shetty, Senior Correspondent with DNA, Mumbai, was 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



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




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 



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


 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

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