InQlusive Newsrooms Media Fellows 2023 announced

13 journalists from across the country will be working on stories in English, Tamil, and Hindi over the next month.

InQlusive Newsrooms has selected 13 journalists from across India for the InQlusive Newsrooms Media Fellowship 2023. The selected fellows will be working on stories around LGBTQIA+ issues and communities over the next month, with the InQlusive Newsrooms team and jury mentoring them through the process. The fellows were selected from around 250 applicants, by our jury consisting of Dhanya Rajendran, Editor-in-Chief, The News Minute; Dhrubo Jyoti, Senior Editor, Hindustan Times; Living Smile Vidya, Theatre Practitioner; Meena Kotwal, Editor-in-Chief, The Mooknayak; and Ranjitha Gunasekaran, Assistant Resident Editor (Tamil Nadu), The New Indian Express.

The winners of the fellowship are:

  1. Christy Raj (He/Him)
  2. Gafira Qadir (She/Her)
  3. Inian B (They/Them)
  4. Jitender (They/Them)
  5. Nasir (He/They)
  6. Rayyan Monkey (She/They)
  7. Shonali Samarth (She/Her)
  8. Sonia Makwana (She/Her)
  9. Sowmiya (She/Her)
  10. Sugitha Sarangaraj (She/Her)
  11. Uthara UR (She/Her) and Vikram Raj (He/Him)
  12. Vaivab Das (They/Them)

The stories will be published in English, Tamil, and Hindi. Several news organisations including, Newslaundry, The Wire, Quint, have agreed to publish the stories from the fellowship. The InQlusive Newsrooms team is inviting other newsrooms to co-publish these stories as well.

A collaborative project between The News Minute and Queer Chennai Chronicles, InQlusive Newsrooms is supported by Google News Initiative. For the past year, we have been working on sensitising the Indian media ecosystem on LGBTQIA+ issues. We have produced Media Reference Guides in English, Tamil, and Hindi, and will be releasing guides in Malayalam, Kannada, and Marathi very soon. InQlusive Newsrooms has also been conducting trainings across the country for journalists on how to cover LGBTQIA+ issues sensitively, following which some newsrooms have also invited us to train their journalists. If any newsroom wants us to conduct a workshop for their journalists, please do reach out to us.

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