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Ammu Joseph

Ammu Joseph is an independent journalist based in Bangalore writing primarily on issues relating to gender, human development and the media. She contributes to a number of mainstream publications and web-based media. She is the author of Women in Journalism: Making News and co-author of Whose News? The Media and Women's Issues, among other books, and is a founder-member of the Network of Women in Media, India...

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Ammu Joseph is an independent journalist based in Bangalore writing primarily on issues relating to gender, human development and the media. She contributes to a number of mainstream publications and web-based media. She also wrote a fortnightly column on current affairs and social issues for children in The Hindu's Young World supplement for eight years in the 1990s.

Among her publications are five books: Whose News? The Media and Women's Issues (Sage, 1994 and 2006 [second edition] -- co-authored/edited with Kalpana Sharma), Women in Journalism: Making News (The Media Foundation/Konark, 2000, Penguin India 2005 [second edition]), Storylines: Conversations with Women Writers and Just Between Us: Women Speak about their Writing (Women Unlimited/Women's World/Asmita, 2003 and 2004 respectively -- with four co-authors), and Terror, Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out (Kali for Women & Zed Books, 2003 -- edited along with Kalpana Sharma).

She has also contributed chapters to a number of other publications, including the recent Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications (Academic Press, USA, 2003), Women and Media: International Perspectives (edited by Karen Ross and Carolyn M. Byerly, Blackwell, UK, 2004), Gender and Newsroom Cultures: Identities at Work (edited by Marjan de Bruin and Karen Ross, Hampton Press, USA, 2004), and Practising Journalism, Vol. II (edited by Nalini Rajan, Sage, forthcoming).

She was awarded the Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy by the Commission on the Status of Women of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, USA, in 2003. She participated in a United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Women and the Media in Beirut in November 2002 and represented the expert group on an official panel at the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2003.

She has been on the visiting faculty of the Sophia College Polytechnic, Mumbai (1981-85) and the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai/Madras (2000-2003), and is currently teaching at the Convergence Institute of Media, Management & Information Technology, Bangalore. She is a founder-member of the Network of Women in Media, India, and co-editor of its website. She was a Press Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, in 1988 and a Media Fellow of the National Foundation for India, New Delhi, in 1995.

With degrees in English Literature (Madras University) and Public Communications (Syracuse University), she began her career with Eve's Weekly in Mumbai/Bombay in 1977. In her last full-time job within the press she was editor of the Sunday magazine of The Indian Post, Mumbai.

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