July 26-27, 2011
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
This workshop was supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust
Water is keenly contested today. Reports are emerging from across India about water bodies being encroached upon, gobbled up and sucked dry by a combination of forces ranging from industrialisation and urban growth to population pressures and severe pollution.
As a result, the other users of these water bodies – farmers, villagers and local communities – are up in arms. A state of continuous conflict exists over these water bodies, these lakes, rivers, reservoirs, streams and wetlands.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has recently launched a media fellowship on this contentious subject. To further investigate, analyse and initiate discussions on it, CSE conducted a Fellowship Media Briefing Workshop on water bodies in India.
The two day briefing was organised in association with Samata and Vizag Journalists Forum(VJF) in Visakhapatnam. It was attended by about 80 regional and national journalists writing in English, Hindi and Vernacular languages. The briefing was especially aimed in providing support to the selected fellows and other journalists who have been writing on water issues. The agenda was divided in class room sessions as well as a field trip to the controvercial East Coast Power Project site in Kakarapalli, Srikakulam district.
The journalist group was led by local activists in Kakarapalli which helped them understand the conflict surrounding the wetland. A panel discussion was also organised with local activists from Sompeta, Kakarapalli, local journalists and it was cheered by Sunita Narain. This session was extremely well received by the journalists as they could raise questions and understand the ground realities.
A small press the meet was organised by VJF with Ms Narain and local journalists from both English and Telugu medium which rounded off our briefing.
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|List of Participant|
Ms Shalini Singh, senior reporter,
Bijay Mishra, correspondent,
Haroon Mirani, senior correspondent,
K Rajendran, deputy news editor,
Biswajeet Banerjee, bureau chief,
Sunil Kumar,senior reporter,
Pankaj Singh, senior staff reporter,
Shib Shankar Nanda,
Priya Ranjan Sahu,
Nikhil Agarwal, journalist,
Pulin Kalita, senior sub-editor,
S Jayakrishnan, news editor,
V.Raja gopal, senior reporter,
Aditi Prasad, input editor,
provincial desk incharge,
Prabhat Khabar Bhagalpur
Manas Pratim Das,
G T Sathish: senior reporter,
Varghese C Thomas,
Tarun Sharma, chief sub-editor,
Ritu Mishra, deputy news editor,
Stella Sumita Paul,
C V L N Prasad, chief reporter,
Vijayalakshmi, Suvarna news
N Sanajaoba Meetei,
P.Rekha, sub editor,
Chandra Shekhar, producer,
Sathish Kumar V,
Kumar Sanjay, freelancer,
Kunal Purohit, senior reporter,
Rajanish Joshi, sub-editor,