Award-winning journalists, tech giants & policy-makers at The Media Rumble 2018

Rajyavardhan RathoreMarisa KwiatkowskiMaria RessaShane BauerRaju NarisettiMalini Subramaniam and others discuss news and its future

 New Delhi: Media forum, The Media Rumble, returns with its 2nd edition on August 3 and 4, 2018, at the India Habitat Centre, to explore news and what it can be. Conceived by the media critique website, Newslaundry, and produced by pioneering entertainment and arts company Teamwork Arts, The Media Rumble 2018 will bring together some of the most experienced news professionals from India as well as international journalists and media professionals who will be speaking in India for the first time.

Some highlight sessions at the forum include IndyStar’s Marisa Kwiatkowski on breaking the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, Bangladeshi-American author Rafida Ahmed on the shrinking space for religious critique in Bangladesh and the rise of religious extremism, Rappler Founder Maria Ressa on press freedom and taking on the Duterte government and Mother Jones’ award-winning senior reporter Shane Bauer on working as a prison-guard to investigate corporate-run prisons and the intricacies of investigative journalism.

Other sessions feature the father of the podcast, Christopher Lydon discussing inventing the podcast and creating the perfect recipe for the revival of digital radio; and a session exploring the issues and challenges of media in small towns where journalism has high risk and low rewards with award-winning independent journalist from Bastar – Malini Subramaniam among others.

Gender parity and whether newsrooms are optimised for men and their successes, as well as reporting on women, will be in focus across sessions.

There will be sessions on the media’s relationship with the government and the future of news; Sleeping with the Adversary which explores whether journalists should take up public office or whether it affects their credibility. Minding the Media questions if Indian policy and law are out of touch with news in the digital age. Not to miss is also the masterclass on covering Parliament.

TMR explores how technology giants like Facebook work with news publishers and how Google helps connect people to trustworthy information in this age of false news.

Discussions will examine how virtual reality can create immersive storytelling and how new technology solutions can help news media outlets mine data, drive business and create relevant news, and whether the technology to fight false news is keeping up with the tools which create it.

The specially-curated two-day forum will also see masterclasses and presentations on healthcare reportage in India, news disruption, and how to use illustration effectively in conflict narratives and storytelling. Apart from this, there will be a special performance of Aisi Taisi Democracy – part stand-up comedy, part-musical and part-biting diatribe on socio-political issues – by Indian Ocean’s bassist and vocalist Rahul Ram, Delhi satirist Sanjay Rajoura and lyricist/comedian Varun Grover.

Commenting on the second edition of the forum, Newslaundry’s Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder, Madhu Trehan said, “This year’s The Media Rumble is bigger and wider in scope. We plan to deal with the noise in the media space by crafting a passage through it. Unless we ask the right questions, how will we get great answers? TMR 2018 takes it to the next level from where we started. With twice as many speakers covering more areas of the media, we are excited about the possibilities these conversations will throw up. The medium was the message. Now the message is drowning the medium. Let’s listen and talk, then emerge on a clear medium with a message.”

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, said, “As the consumer negotiates the daily reality of what’s been presented, we find that NEWS has become a power unto itself –with multiple prongs and repercussions. At our annual offering of The Media Rumble, Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts once again bring together award-winning journalists, analysts, commentators and industry experts from India and across the world to debate and discuss challenges, innovations, economic realities and future possibilities intrinsic to the news media.For all of us who love every aspect of NEWS, from the making of it to the business of it, the two days of The Media Rumble, an invigorating, vibrant and fruitful exchange of ideas, is a must-attend.”

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Dates: August 3 & 4, 2018

Time: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Venue: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Entry: Ticketing information and other booking details are available on the website. (1-day: INR 500 per person; 2-day: INR 800 per person)


Delegate Package: The one-day (INR 5000) and two-day (INR 8000) delegate packages give access to all sections of the Forum, including the Exclusive Networking Lounge – an ideal networking area to meet with news professionals, investors, publishers, policy-makers, and technology giants from across the globe; Opening Performance by Aisi Taisi Democracy; Access to panels, film screenings, masterclass, and workshops and much more. For bookings, please contact