Journalism for Peace and Development

is a 9 month PG Diploma course in Kannada
for graduates in any subject, aspiring to become media professionals

Course Objectives

The objective is this programme is to strengthen the vernacular print media and electronic media with media professionals who are technically skilled, informed about national, regional and global politics and sensitive to the complexities of social change, peace, justice and development.

Course at a Glance

Personal Growth

The course has workshops to help participants look inwards into their own internalized biases, world views and values. This includes workshops on gender, sexuality, marriage, body wellness, workshops on literature and music, theatre workshops to help to develop students’ confidence, as well other nottas on themes that are relevant to students’ lives.

Skills for Journalism

Media skills related to news gathering, analysis, writing, reporting, editing, presentation, conducting interviews, reporting from situations of riots/war/genocide/ and other high profile events, form a running theme throughout the course.


Peace and  development journalism are the two building blocks of this programme.

In the Indian context and especially within Karnataka, the origins, stances, technological changes and impact of the media are explored. Media representations of caste, class, gender and religious community, sexual minorities and constructions of identity are discussed. More importantly, assumptions of “development” and “social justice” and paradigms of “democratic process” in the mainstream media are examined to unravel embedded ideologies.

South Asian historical roots of contemporary conflicts with their psycho-social, political and economic implications are delved into. At a global level, international politics is explored while notions of “west” and “east”, “north” and “south” are critiqued in the context of key conflicts that have emerged in the last few decades.

Course Highlights

  • Interactive classroom teaching with media experts and practicing journalists
  • Exposure visits to media production houses, press studios, etc.
  • Practical assignments to develop skills, explore creativity and gain experience
  • Theatre workshops to build confidence and find one’s voice
  • Fieldwork and internship opportunities
  • Placement support