Meeting and Exchange Program for German and Indian Journalists

Germany and India are united by decades of partnership based on collaboration in diplomatic, economic, and cultural affairs as well as matters related to development policy. And yet despite this solid relationship, no correspondent from an Indian media outlet is represented in Germany. Together with the DW Academy, the Deutsche Welle’s training institute, the Robert Bosch Stiftung tackled this issue and supported Indian journalists with training, visits to German multimedia editorial departments, as well as helping them to carry out an independent research and multimedia project in Germany. The focus of the project was dealing with sustainability: ""

In an open application process, six grants were provided to experienced journalists between the ages of 25 and 35. The participants began the program in September with fifteen days of training in Bonn. The workshops included intercultural training lasting several days as well as different aspects of multimedia journalism. Afterwards, the journalists had four weeks to carry out independent projects in collaboration with the Deutsche Welle’s editorial departments. The program also included a one-week excursion to Germany’s capital, Berlin, during the last phase of the fellowship.

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Sarah Abraham is a senior associate editor for You & I in Hyderabad. In addition to her weekly column on football, Sarah reports on social issues for the magazine. She says that Germany is an unknown entity for most Indians. "At Deutsche Welle, I'll get insight into the issues that need to be addressed effectively by Indian media - and see how it can be done," she says.
Ruchika Chitravanshi mainly focuses on tourism, as well as shipping & ports in her work as senior correspondent for the Business Standard in New Delhi. She aims to depict the cost of India's phenomenal economic growth in her reporting, both on the environment and on the people. Ruchika is excited to learn more about multimedia reporting during the fellowship. "As the landscape of journalism shifts and changes, it is imperative for me to be able to adapt to the interplay of news and technology," she says.
Anjilee Istwal is a senior special correspondent for NDTV in New Delhi. She covers issues ranging from politics to health and environment. Anjilee says she is looking forward to examining the strong cultural and economic ties between India and Germany. "It will be interesting to study how the two countries can mutually benefit each other in every possible field," she says.
Ashish K Mishra works for Forbes India in Mumbai as their principal correspondent. His regular beats are the automobile industry and renewable energy sector – areas in which Germany demonstrates great expertise. For Ashish, being a journalist in a globalized world also requires insight into the German way of thinking. "I want to build empathy and understanding of a culture different from mine so I can do a better job," he says.
Charu Kartikeya is busy both behind and in front of the camera at India’s parliamentary channel Lok Sabha TV in New Delhi. "Indian journalists at this point in time are craving to see and report on what the ground situation in German is like," he says. As a journalist and anchor reporting on policy making issues about poverty, climate change and energy-related issues, Charu is looking forward to getting a first-hand view of Germany.
Idrees Lone is currently freelancing and has covered conflict-related issues for both broadcast and print media (The Asian Age, NewsX, BBC) for several years from Srinagar. Living in a tense region such as Jammu and Kashmir, Idrees can call a long list of national stories his own, but would like to use the fellowship to gain a broader perspective. "This project will give impetus to my interest in global issues," he says.