Making News, Breaking News, Her Own Way is about the lives and work of some of the most outstanding women journalists of our time who redefined and gave a whole new meaning to what constitutes news, in terms of values and themes.
The groundbreaking work done by these journalists won them the prestigious Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Media person, and like Chameli Devi Jain, a simple housewife who joined the freedom struggle in Delhi, they too exemplify values of indepen- dence, courage and dedication.
From across the north, south, east and west of India, in different languages, these intrepid women have exposed corruption, child labour and caste massacres, uncovered financial scams, fought against atrocities committed against women, championed human rights and celebrated when their stories have been catalysts for change.
In today’s age of tweets and instant information, the early women journalists filed their reports, if lucky typed on an Olivetti typewriter, but most times from a post office, used as a conduit to get reports to the desk. They have come a long way, from the time the profes- sion was a stronghold of men, when they were relegated to covering flower shows and beauty pageants, to the present day, when no area is forbidden territory, be it the Kargil war, terrorist attacks in Kashmir, insur- gency in the North-east, art, environmental concerns, consumer rights, and everything else in between. The stories range from the days of Prabha Dutt and Usha Rai, torchbearers for a whole generation of women journalists, to those like Tavleen Singh, Barkha Dutt and Madhu Kishwar, who are in the forefront of the media today. This book also pays tribute to India’s first photographer Homai Vyarawalla, who captured a whole era of great historical change with her lens.
About the Author
Latika Padgaonkar is a columnist, editor, translator, former joint director, Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival, and former executive editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly. She wrote a regular column for The Sunday Times of India from Paris in the 1980s, and was later the Paris correspondent of The Telegraph .A member of the Media Foundation, she has written for all the major national dailies, and did a two-year spell with the National Commission for Women’s Media Group. Cur- gently, she writes on film and books in newspapers and on websites. As a trustee of the Network for the Promo- tion of Asian Cinema (India), she has been on the jury of several national and international film festivals. She was, for many years, National Information Officer at UNESCO’s Regional Officer in New Delhi. A columnist and author, Shubha Singh joined The Telegraph newspaper as its state correspondent in Hyderabad and later worked as its correspondent in Delhi. She was senior editor with The Pioneer and cor- respondent for The Kahaleel Times of Dubai when she decided to become an independent columnist. She has traveled widely and has been writing a weekly column on foreign affairs for almost two decades; the column has appeared in English, Hindi and Telugu language newspapers. She has a special interest in the Indian Diaspora and has written two books on the subject: Fiji: A Precarious Coalition and Overseas Indians: The Global Family. Her third book, Journey of Discovery: Ancestral Searches in India was published this year. She has also produced a fifty-five-minute documen- tary film, Crosscurrents – A Fijian Travelogue. She was awarded the Chameli Devi Jain Award in 1994.