The International Studies Public Forum presents

"Journalism from Below: The Everyday Lives of Everyday People & The People's Archive of Rural India Online"
with P. Sainath , Journalist | Amy Wilentz, Professor, Literary Journalism, UCI | Vinayak Chaturvedi, Associate Professor, History, UCI

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Humanities Gateway, Room 1030

About P. Sainath:
P. Sainath - the former Rural Editor of the Hindu - has won over 40 global and national awards for his reporting. He is the winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2007, for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts. He was the first reporter to win Amnesty International’s Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in 2000. He was also the first Indian reporter to win the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Prize for human rights journalism in 1995. Apart from the 40 plus print media awards, two documentary films on his work, ‘Nero’s Guests’ and A Tribe of his Own,’ have between them picked up over 20 awards across the globe. Sainath is the author of "Everybody Loves a Good Drought" (Penguin India, 1996). In just the past few years, he has published well over 150 investigative reports on India’s agrarian crisis in The Hindu alone, the largest journalistic body of work ever on India’s farming communities. Many of those are stories from the households of marginal farmers and landless labourers across the country.  He takes his own photographs for all his reports. Since November 2001, an exhibition of Sainath’s photographs has toured India, seen by well over half a million people to date. The exhibit, Visible Work, Invisible Women: Women & Work in Rural India mixes text with visuals and brings home the astonishing but unacknowledged contribution that poor rural women make to the national economy.

His latest project is an online archive the People’s Archive of Rural India. It aims at capturing the ‘everyday lives of everyday people’ their labour, languages, livelihoods, arts, crafts and many other aspects of rural India.  Sainath has taught journalism at Princeton University, Sophia Polytechnic (Mumbai) and the Asian College of Journalism (Chennai).

For Sainath's recent work, please see the following:


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