New Media in India: From Fad to Fundamental?

Oct 05, 2017
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Foster Auditorium (Pattee)

Dr. Sunetra Sen Narayan, Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Dr. Shalini Narayanan, Independent Communications Consultant

New media is shaping the public discourse in India today. What are the implications of this for the world's largest democracy? And for development? Who is getting left out of the new media equation? Given the sheer numbers and diversity of India, how do we go about regulating it? This study aims to map the changing contours of India's fascinating new mediascape.

Sunetra Sen Narayan has over 25 years’ experience related to communications, spanning advertising, print journalism, documentary film production and teaching.  She has been educated at Delhi University where she studied economics and Pennsylvania State University where she earned her Masters in Telecommunications studies and her Doctorate in Mass Communication. 

She is currently Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. She has over 15 years teaching experience. She has been the editor of the academic journal, Communicator, India’s oldest scholarly communication journal. Prior to this she has been a print journalist, writing on business and travel in India. She has authored the book: Globalization and Television, a Study of the Indian Experience 1990-2010, Oxford University Press (2014).  And more recently, co-edited India Connected: Mapping the Impact of New Media (Sage, 2016). 

Shalini Narayanan, D.Phil., is an independent Communications Consultant with over two and a half decades of experience in the government and non-government sectors. She was part of the Indian civil service for 23 years, before taking voluntary retirement in 2013. During that time, she worked at the news division of the public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, both in television and radio, for over a decade. She also worked at DAVP, the Central government’s advertising agency and as Editor of the only government-run newspaper for jobs, Employment News. As Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, she headed two departments and conducted research. Post-retirement, she has contributed to Non-Government Organisations in diverse fields such as digital financial inclusion, substance abuse and mental health. 

Her co-edited book India Connected: Mapping the Impact of New Media was published by Sage Publications in September, 2016.

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