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Dr. Durgesh Tripathi

Founding faculty member of University School of Mass Communication, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi

Speech Title: "Rethinking Media and Socio-Cultural Change: India and the Globe in the times of Pandemic"

Date: 6th May 2022
Time: 09:00 PM - 09:45 PM IST

Dr. Durgesh Tripathi is the founding faculty member of University School of Mass Communication (USMC) at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), New Delhi. He has completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in 2017. He is also the recipient of prestigious Bhartendu Harishchandra Award (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India) for his academic contribution. Dr. Tripathi’s contributions can be exemplified with 3 major research projects and as a Co- Principal Investigator of “Communication and Media Studies” for Open Education Resources (e-PG Pathshala), an elearning initiative undertaken by INFLIBNET, UGC and MHRD, Govt. of India. ICSSR has also published two books on Media and Youth Studies written by Dr. Tripathi. Dr Tripathi has organized 3 Research Methodology Workshops and 2 National Seminars on the themes of Media, Governance and Youth and Gender Sensitization sponsored by
ICSSR, New Delhi. In addition to that, Dr. Tripathi has a rich academic contribution in the fields of Communication Research, Youth Studies, New Media and Political Participation. He has also been invited for extension lectures at Shanghai International University, China; Burapha University, Thailand; Hallym University, Seoul, The Republic of South Korea; University of Teknologi Mara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, University of Bonn, Germany. He has also chaired a session in 4th European International Conference at Antalya, Turkey and has visited places of academic eminence at Toronto, Canada, Paris, France and Singapore. Dr. Tripathi has participated and presented his understanding on Digital Media, Youth and Political Participation at the House of Commons (Parliament of Britain, UK), University of Liverpool in London (UK), University of York, American University (Washington, District of Columbia, USA).

Prof. Steven Youngblood

Founding director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism
Park University

Speech Title: "The Peace Journalism Solution"

Date: 5th May 2022
Time: 06:00 PM - 06:45 PM IST

Title : The Peace Journalism Solution

Mr. Hosam El Sokkari

Media Relations Coach
Trainer and Confernce Moderator
Media & Comms Consultant at MeSocial.M

Speech Title: "From Talking to Audiences to Working with ProdUsers"

Date: 6th May 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM IST

Title : The Peace Journalism Solution

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Prof. Benjamin A. Davis

Broadcast & Digital Journalism California State University

Speech Title: "Need for Journalists to Master Digital Curation Skills as well as Non-Curation Skills"

Date: 6th May 2022
Time: 07:00 PM - 07:45 PM IST

Title : Need for journalists to master digital curation skills as well as non-curation skills


Benjamin A. Davis is an Associate Professor of Broadcast & Digital Journalism at California State University Northridge. He is a board member emeritus on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations at Princeton University. Ben served on the launch team for as an Interactive Producer/editor. He was the Washington Editor for NPR and a former Executive Producer for NPR’s Special Projects department.


He also served on the Assignment Desk for ABC News in New York. He was a CBS reporter at WBTV News in Charlotte, N.C.. In 1992 he was the inaugural Burton R. Benjamin Fellow at the University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellowship in Journalism.


Ben has won numerous awards for journalism, including two Alfred I. duPont awards for broadcast – one for reporting and the other as Executive Producer. He created a writing model, that builds on the century-old analog-based Inverted Pyramid, called the Digital Media Pyramid about which he wrote the e-book, “The Digital Media Pyramid: A Guide for 21st Century Bloggers, Reporters and Citizen Journalists.” He graduated from Whittier College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and studied international relations at the University of Copenhagen. He taught journalism for 10-years at Rutgers University and three-years at Florida A&M University.

Prof. K. G. Suresh

Vice Chancellor
Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication

Speech Title: "Infodemic in the age of Pandemic"

Date: 5th May 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM IST

Prof K G Suresh is a Senior Journalist, Columnist, Educationist, Socio Political Commentator & Communication Strategist. He is currently serving as Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication, Bhopal, Asia’s first and India’s oldest and largest media university.

Earlier, he has served as Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication – India’s premier media training institution; Senior Consulting Editor with Doordarshan News, India’s public news broadcaster; Founder Dean, School of Modern Media, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun; Editorial Consultant with Asianet News Network; Chief Political Correspondent with Press Trust of India and Group Media Advisor to Dalmia Bharat Enterprises Ltd.


He is a recipient of the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for outstanding contribution to Journalism by the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Ministry of Education, Government of India. He was earlier designated Commonwealth Youth Ambassador for Peace by Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia.


He is also the Founder President of the Global Media Education Council, the only India driven international academic platform.

A TEDx Speaker & Henry Stewart Talks faculty, Prof Suresh had successfully completed an Experiential Course in Public Health Communication from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.


He is a Member of Academic Councils and Boards of Studies of several universities.


Prof Suresh has international conferences including the International Co-Production Conference at Seoul, South Korea, June 2018, organized by the Korea Communication Commission, International Conference on RTI Sri Lanka and Media Reforms, Colombo, Sep 2016; 15th Asian Media Summit, New Delhi; keynote address on human rights at the LAWASIA International Conference in New Delhi, the Battle of Ideas panel discussion organized by the UK-based Institute of Ideas and the British Council India, the India-Japan Global Partnership Summit in Tokyo, September 2011, the Fourth Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) at DohaQatar in December 2011, the Fifth Forum of UNAOC at ViennaAustria, Asian Youth Leaders’ Summit, New Delhi, October 2013, 16th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangkok, June 2015 & World Hindi Conference, Mauritius 2018 besides chairing the session on ‘Public Policy and Well Being’ under the aegis of ICSSR and University of Lausanne at Basel, Switzerland, September 2017.


He was the only journalist to represent India at the World Media Conference in Seoul in March 2015, organized by leading US daily, The Washington Times. Suresh was on the international jury for the Plural+ International Youth Video Festival 2012, organised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organisation for Migration. He was the first South Asian to be nominated as a jury since the inception of the festival in 2009.


In June 2021, Prof Suresh conducted an Indo Greek workshop supported by the US State Department on misinformation and disinformation.


He has extensively travelled across India and the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Qatar, Mauritius, South Africa among others.

Dr. Sadia Jamil

Country Representative
Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)

Speech Title: "Reimagining journalism practice in a post - covid world: problems and opportunities"

Date: 7th May 2022
Time: 12:30 PM - 01:15 PM IST

SADIA JAMIL earned a Ph.D. In Journalism (University of Queensland, Australia), a Master of Science in Media Management (University of Stirling, Scotland), and a M.A. in Mass Communication (University of Karachi). She has taught courses at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi and in the past, at the University of Queensland, Australia.  She is currently doing research on Artificial Intelligence in News Media Industry, Sustainability Education and Sustainable Development. Dr. Jamil is Country Representative UAE of Asian Media Information & Communication Centre (AMIC), and she is the Chair of the Journalism Research and Education Section of the International Council of IAMCR. She sits in the editorial board of six international journals in the areas of journalism, digital media, political communication, and media practices in the Middle East. She is also serving as honorary advisor of Media Action Nepal. 

Prof. John V. Pavlik

Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers
The State University of New Jersey

Speech Title: "Immersive Media in the Post-COVID World: Considering augmented reality and virtual reality journalism in the 21st century"

Date: 5th May 2022
Time: 07:00 PM - 07:45 PM IST

Title : Immersive media in the Post-COVID World: Considering Augm​ented Reality and Virtual Reality Journalism in the 21st Century


John V. Pavlik is Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Pavlik’s books include Journalism in the Age of Virtual Reality (Columbia University Press), Converging Media, with Shawn McIntosh (Oxford University Press) and Mobile Disruptions in the Middle East, with Everette E. Dennis, Rachel Davis Mersey and Justin Gengler (Routledge Press). A former contributor to CNN Interactive, Pavlik is co-developer of the Situated Documentary, a new form of journalism storytelling using immersive media.  He holds a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Minnesota (1983).

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