About Us

eNewsroom India

is an independent, non-profit news website based out of Kolkata. We believe in an India that is liberal, secular and democratic and our aim is to help preserve these essential values that make India great!

Our endeavour is to bring you stories that need to be told but may not necessarily make it to the headlines elsewhere. We are committed to report stories that highlight issues of public interest. Stories about people and issues that really matter.

Our website is run by journalists who believe that the Fourth Estate is an essential pillar of a mature democracy. We believe our job is to fight for the underdog, to ask questions of those in power and hold them accountable for their actions. We hope to provide a platform where old school journalism can thrive. Our focus is sharp – to do stories that can help shape a better India.

The basic premise of eNewsroom is to help quality journalism survive and that can only be done when journalists are editorially and financially independent. We have a vision and if you share it then please help us thrive. We welcome contributions from our readers and patrons.

We are starting in a modest way with our only constraint being our resources, not our vision. Do read and share our stories and keep giving us your feedback. It will help us improve.

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ND Sharma

Patron

One of the most respected journalists of central India, Narayan Datt Sharma comes on board with experience spread over five decades. Sharma is a quintessential, old school journalist – with a flair for writing on anything and everything, fearless, scholarly, low profiled- yet assertive and always strong on facts.

Now living in Bhopal, “ND” or Sharmaji as he is popularly known, has worked with leading editors of India, M Chalapathi Rau, Iqbal Singh, B G Verghese, Arun Shourie, Prabhu Chawla, H K Dua, Shekhar Gupta, Hari Jaising, Rahul Singh, Bharat Bhushan and several others. Hailing from Punjab, his career stint took him to Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Ranchi, Ahmedabad and numerous other destinations.

Living up to the adage that a true journalist never retires, Sharma, after his long and eventful innings with The Indian Express, The Tribune, Mid-Day and Current Weekly. At present, he is an active blogger and contributing to magazines and on-line portals. On social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, Sharma’s lively posts are a delight, raising issues and quality of debates on key issues of the day.

Follow him on Twitter @ndsharma

Nalin Verma
Patron

Noted journalist, Nalin Verma, is a well-known name in the eastern India’s journalist fraternity. He has recently shifted to academics. A native of Bihar, Nalin is presently based in Jalandhar. During his journalistic career of more than three decades, Nalin has been associated with The Telegraph for over 13 years. He has worked with The Telegraph from both Bihar and Jharkhand, and has played an important role in launching its Patna edition. Nalin began his journalistic career with The Hindustan Times in 1980’s and worked for the Statesman for about 8 years. Now, he works as an asst. Professor at Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab and writes for the Frontline and many other journals as a senior journalist. He has also authored a book—The Greatest Folktales from Bihar, which will soon be published by Rupa publications. Nalin, claims to be a gaonwala (villager) at heart, and is attached to his roots. His election reporting has always been a treat to read.

Twitter @NalinAnant

Sajeda Momin

Patron

Sajeda has been a journalist for three decades having worked in senior positions for major national newspapers including The Telegraph, Indian Express, The Statesman, The Asian Age, The Bengal Post and DNA. She is a consummate journalist with vast experience in news reporting and feature writing, editing and bringing out newspapers. An expert in start-ups, Sajeda has headed launch teams of five new newspapers.

Journalism is not just a career but a passion for Sajeda. Apart from writing thousands of articles over the last 30 years, Sajeda has trained and mentored lots of journalists who today hold senior positions in various media houses.

While Sajeda hails from London, after living and working in several cities of India she has finally made Kolkata her second home. She now has the best of both worlds, dividing her time between London and Kolkata.

John Thomas 
Patron

John, in his own words, had been trying to be in real retirement, watching the progress of his old students and trainees and post some things for them once in a while, till he was persuaded to be back in action by becoming one of the patrons of eNewsroom India.  John, began his journalistic career in 1972 as an editorial apprentice in Deccan Herald in Bangalore.

However, it was in the newsroom of Indian Express, that he learnt what it takes to be a journalist with spine during the infamous days of “Emergency”. Following which he moved on to Singapore via Hong Kong in 1980 and worked that decade between Reuters and Agence France-Presse and a year in Business Times in Singapore to re-convert to print and return to India. Between the year 1998-2002, he worked with The Statesman, Kolkata, following which he returned to Bangalore in 2002 and joined the founding team of Vijay Times. Superannuated in 2006, he took to teaching journalism. He has been one of the founding members of the Asian College of Journalism [ACJ] in Bangalore in 1994 under the patronage of the Indian Express. He has also taught at Manorama School of Communication (Mascom) in Kottayam, Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (IIJNM) in Bangalore and ISB&M School of Communication in Pune.

Twitter @JTbangalore

Shahnawaz Akhtar
Founder

Shahnawaz is a seasoned journalist with over 14 years of experience in field reporting. He comes with a 360 degree experience in journalism – print, agency and online media.

He has had the opportunity to do on-the-ground reporting from three vital Indian states —Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Adding to this, he also worked as an editor with China Daily, in China. His strength, however, lies in doing human interest stories, a genre that he mastered during his days with The Telegraph. He has also worked with IANS and DNA.

As an independent journalist, Shahnawaz also wrote for Al Jazeera, BBC Radio, Rediff.com, among others.

Twitter @ScribeShah

Shabina Akhtar

Co-founder

Shabina is an International Visitor Leadership Program, 2009 alumni. She comes on board with a rich experience of having worked with some of the best dailies in India. Right from The Telegraph to The Times of India to DNA. She has led DNA After Hrs team in Jaipur. Shabina has also been associated with the World Economic Forum. With more than decade of experience, she is adept at writing, editing and planning editions. Feature writing remains her forte.

Twitter @akhtarshabina

Nasreen Khan
Co-founder

Nasreen comes with 17 years of experience in journalism. She has worked with almost all the leading media houses in Kolkata including Ananda Bazar Patrika, The Times of India, The Telegraph, Doordarshan Kendra (Kolkata), Hindustan Times and Financial Express. She is a lawyer too, but has a deep interest in journalism. She specializes in lifestyle, entertainment and legal stories.

Twitter @NasreenKhan

Sucheta Chakraborty
Co-founder

A graduate from Lady Brabourne College, Sucheta, comes on board with 15 years of experience in Journalism. She also holds a PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has worked with some of the best media organizations like – Indian Express and The Telegraph. During her nine-year-long stint with The Telegraph, she has covered socio-political news related to Bengal. She has been a researcher for a documentary (Ei Shohorer Kotha), early in her journalistic career.

Twitter @2006_sucheta

Biswajit Roy

Consultant Editor

Biswajit, affectionately called Madhu Da is a Kolkata-based journalist. Biswajit Da has over 40 years of journalistic experience. He has worked with The Telegraph and Anandbazar Patrika, Times of India, The Statesman as well as Delhi Doordarshan. Biswajit Da has reported from the north-east, Patna and national capital Delhi too. He has published books on media studies and social researches in minority affairs and public policies. He regularly writes and speaks on current affairs as a political analyst.

Twitter @Biswajit_Madhu

Jayeeta Ganguly

Consultant Editor

Jayeeta has an experience of 19 years in mass communication and mass media. She started her career as a broadcast journalist, moved on to the print media and then to content development, publishing, writing for digital media; teaching and media training.

Her illustrated journalistic career includes doing journalism with The Telegraph, Times of India, ANI and CCCN.

A graduate from Lady Shriram College, Jayeeta has in her long journalistic career, not only worked from the national capital but from Kolkata and Mumbai also.

She has also authored a book– Just Another Fan, on former Pakistan cricket team skipper and now Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan.

Jayeeta has also worked as an editorial consultant and co-writer of Business –The Emami Way. She has given editorial inputs and shared a few real-life experiences gathered as a correspondent with ANI for News Now: Being a TV Journalist, written by journalist-turned author Sudesna Ghosh.

At present she is associated with the Candid School of Communication, unit of Candid Communication and Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) Kolkata, unit of Zee Learn Limited.

Twitter @jayeetag

 

Note: All the opinion pieces get published, are personal views of authors.