Announcing journalism forum, The Media Rumble organised by Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts

With the Internet changing the world, are we witnessing the most remarkable impact on journalism in the digital age? How is journalism changing the world? How does it impact societies and in turn is impacted by them? How is technology changing journalism? How is traditional journalism evolving? What are the challenges and opportunities? Is new media really replacing traditional media in the eyes of readers? Are news models optimized for journalists to be able to tell truth to power?

On July 21 st and 22 nd , The Media Rumble (TMR), a news forum taking place at Bikaner House – New Delhi aims to address these and other questions related to journalism. The first of its kind forum will feature some of the most experienced news professionals from across the world and India including Mike Rezendes, Suki Kim, Rob Wjinberg, Dhanya Rajendran, Ritu Sarin, Neha Dixit, Vir Das, Rohin Dharmakumar, Rajeev Chandrashekar, R Jagannathan, Pratik Sinha and many more.

The two-day forum will discuss and explore the potential of journalism, its limitations and the best of journalism in the world in regard to reportage, business practices and technologies. The Media Rumble will include panel discussions, film screenings, talks, interviews and exclusive masterclasses culminating with a stand-up comedy performance on the theme of media and politics.

This inaugural edition of TMR will feature discussions on subjects as diverse as investigative reporting, media ethics, the role of satire in journalism, the advent new technology and new funding models and other topics. Complex and layered themes such as the commercial viability of news, corporate ownership and media freedom, India’s diverse regional press and traversing the tyranny of distance in reportage will also be debated and addressed at this forum.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness open and uninhibited discussions between media stalwarts, influencers and experts, engage in dialogue and attend exclusive sessions addressed by global journalists.

Facebook is the presenting partner for The Media Rumble, 2017. There is a huge synergy in the challenges news organisations tackle and the challenges which Facebook deals with as one of the primary platforms for news consumption, today. As presenting partner, Facebook hopes to help create an open, dynamic, informative and holistic forum on journalism, on a scale not yet seen in India.

Looking forward to the association, Saurabh Doshi, Head, Media Partnerships at Facebook, said, “We are delighted to support The Media Rumble and partner in their efforts in promoting robust discussions that help a healthy news ecosystem and quality journalism in India. We congratulate The Media Rumble team for this initiative.”

Speaking about the thought behind the event, Newslaundry’s Editor-in- Chief and Co-Founder, Madhu Trehan said, “The Media Rumble is a great opportunity for us to debate the various facets of media in an increasingly intensified and complex media environment. With The Media Rumble, we wish to create thought-provoking debates, involving voices from diverse parts of the world.”

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, said, “We are excited to launch The Media Rumble in association with Newslaundry. The forum will focus on issues including on delineating the multiple fakes from the real voices of factual reportage to set the bar, amidst an impressive gathering of media professionals, students and media watchdogs.”

The detailed schedule and list of speakers is available on the TMR website and tickets can be booked online.


Dates: 21 st and 22 nd July, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Venue: Bikaner House, New Delhi
Entry: The ticketing information and other booking details are available on the website


Newslaundry is India’s first completely subscription-driven, independent news media company. Newslaundry has been at the forefront of free speech advocacy and the need for an independent news model and a free and accountable press. Over the past few years, Newslaundry has been committed to presenting current affairs stories in innovative and engaging formats which include news critique, reporting, documentaries, podcasts, animation and comics.

Newslaundry has been awarded the 2016 Ramnath Goenka Award for Investigative Journalism for its series on politicians misusing advertising funds of public sector companies for patronage.


For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India. In countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, Teamwork Arts produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities.

Teamwork Arts produces one of the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, Eye on India in the United States of America, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, and many more.

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