Svran-Apeejay Journalism Foundation
The Svran-Apeejay Journalism Foundation’s mission is to selectively intervene in the journalism eco-system to support quality. Selective intervention allows the foundation to have the maximum impact while not duplicating the efforts of others. The foundation is politically, philosophically, and ideologically agnostic, and supports the inclusion of thoughts and ideas from a diverse range of sources.
The first program of SAJF is to provide strings free grants to eligible journalists to pursue a story in long form to be published in any medium (print, video, digital, etc.) which are positive (enlightening) in nature about India or any of its sub-regions. To start with the foundation is offering four grants a year of INR 3,00,000 each distributed over six months (INR 50,000 per month).
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Panelists / Advisors
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Founder / Convener SAJF
Editor, Delhi Press - Caravan Magazine
Director AIMC, Ex-VP Discovery India
Careers 360, Ex-Outlook India
Author, Journalist, & TV Producer
Ex- New Delhi Bureau Chief, CNN
Founder & MD, InnoCirc Ventures
Ex- CEO, NDTV Worldwide
Zee News Digital, DNA Newspaper
Head LinkedIn India, Co-Founder Pulse News
Jagran New Media
Nikhil Kumar Kanekal
SAJF, its advisors, panelists, observers, employees, members, affiliates, and associates do not endorse any journalist or works done by a journalist. Getting a grant does not equate an endorsement of the work or author, and the foundation reserves the right to publicly disassociate itself with any work product. The journalist may not use the foundation’s name, or the names of anyone associated with the foundation without permission in writing.
Nitindra Nath Bandyopadhyay
Mr. Nitindra Bandyopadhyay is a developmental and health, reporter, who has worked for publications like The Pioneer, Hindustan Times, New-Indian Express and The Bangalore Mirror. He has reported from different corners of the country on different social issues with a focus on Women and Child Development.
For this project, he will explore the reach of the government’s Mental Health Program and its impact on the rural community in general and farmer’s suicide in particular along the drought-prone regions of Karnataka. The focus of the study is to explore farmer’s suicide from a mental health perspective.
As a part of the project a series of stories will be published over a period of time detailing the interventions introduced under the Mental Health Policy, especially the promotion of community participation in detecting mental ailment to work as a deterrent to suicide, so that same approach could be replicated across the country to bring down the burden of suicides.
Ms. Tusha Mittal is a journalist writing on politics, development and social justice. Her work has appeared in Tehelka, Al Jazeera, and The Washington Post, among other publications.
For this project, she will report on the rising Dalit resistance, mapping the stories of Dalit women who are fighting the potent combination of caste and patriarchy, empowering their communities, and challenging dominant power structures with defiance and assertion.
Dr. Radheshyam Jadhav
Dr. Radheshyam Jadhav is a development communication researcher – journalist for last 18 years and has experience of working with The Maharashtra Herald, The Indian Express and The Times of India.
For his project Dr. Jadhav will research and publish stories in a book about women farmers in the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Rooted deep in local culture and tradition, women farmers in these regions are engaged in developing agricultural paradigms and models that have emerged as an alternative to patriarchal dominant agricultural system. Through these stories based on empowerment journalism model, he aims to bring out an affirmative side of agrarian crisis in these regions wherein despite all the odds, humiliation, and pressures by patriarchal society, these women through their innovations in agriculture are changing the lives of their kids and other family members.
Mr. Pawan Dhall has worked as a sub-editor and features writer with ‘Business Standard’ and other publications in India and abroad on current affairs and social development issues.
For his project, Mr. Dhall will write and publish stories to trace the impact of the earliest years of queer activism in eastern India through the life stories of a few gay/lesbian individuals who lived in the region in the early and mid-1990s and were influenced by the nascent community mobilization efforts of those years.
These stories will provide an insight in the functioning of the queer support groups and how the outreach through media and letters helped them grow as emotional support providers, information resources, and eventually as community education, research, and advocacy forums.
professional journalists who need support to go the extra mile.
Professional Eligibility can be waived if a NOC / Recommendation is given by any two panelists. The option to upload NOC letters / e-mails is provided for in the online application.
General Judging Criteria
For keeping objectivity the names of the applicants and their backgrounds would not be shared with the panel. Should anyone on the panel wish to contact the applicant separately, provided the applicant has earlier consented in the application, the introduction would be made.
Applications for grants are accepted twice a year, with two grants being given at the end of each application process. Applications are of around two pages, must be filled online, and must meet the eligibility criteria of the grant.
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