The Media Rumble (TMR) Dispatches reach East India

We don’t need no mainstream: Our stories, our storytellers

· The session is scheduled on Friday 10th July at 5pm

New Delhi: The Media Rumble (TMR), an annual news media forum, hosted by Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts, will stream its second session of ‘TMR Dispatches’, which focuses on East India and is titled – ‘We don’t need no mainstream: Our stories, our storytellers’. Scheduled for Friday, 10th July 2020, at 5 pm, the online series features ‘NEWS’ that criss-crosses the North, East, West, and South of India. It brings together leading news professionals from these regions to discuss larger news media trends and issues.

Panellists include Karma Paljor an award-winning journalist and co-founder and director of Atvi Infotainment and Editor-in-Chief at, Pradip Phanjoubam author and the editor of FPSJ Review of Arts and Politics, Patricia Mukhim , Padmashree awardee for her social service activity and currently editor of The Shillong Times, Afrida Hussain, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, INSIDENE and Meghnad, former LAMP fellow who has worked with multiple MPs and is currently associate editor at Newslaundry.

The first session was hosted by Newslaundry’s Executive Editor, Manisha Pande, who was joined by Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Senior Editor at The Wire; Dr Himanshu Dwivedi, Chief Editor of Hari Bhoomi; Shahid Siddiqui, Managing Director and Chief Editor of Nai Duniya; and Sukirat, a writer and columnist from Punjab. The session acknowledged North India’s undisputed penetration into the news media, and discussed several other subjects such as the Hindi media’s role and the still-prevalent upper-caste dominance in newsrooms.

The fourth edition of TMR, titled TMR@Online, will be a digital-only forum. Scheduled for September 2020, TMR@Online will feature conversations and discussions on some of the most pressing issues concerning news media. Among the themes that TMR will focus on this year will naturally be the overwhelming impact of COVID-19, acknowledging the role of “media front-line warriors” while also analysing the economic impact of the pandemic on the news media – layoffs, ad-revenue trajectories and the need to rethink business models. Sessions on the migration crisis, and how it was covered by the press will also be hosted. In addition, topics such as gender and caste composition of Indian media houses, press freedom, hate news, and the future of news media in an age of digital transformation will feature at TMR@Online.

TMR Dispatches upcoming Schedule

Friday, 24 July, 2020, 5:00 PM IST

West – Mumbai’s Lutyens: Is entertainment journalism all about access?

Friday, 24 August, 2020, 5:00 PM IST

South India – Reclaiming centre space in news: A robust market and innovation hub

*TMR@Online Schedule will be released closer to the date.