Certificate Course in Citizen Journalism

Certificate Course in Citizen Journalism

Deepalaya in association with McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College, New York, USA, Presents:

Certificate Course in Citizen Journalism:  How to do impactful stories and create your own identity

Duration: 4 weeks

About the course:

After an overwhelming response to the first batch, we are ready for the second batch of the course. This dynamic programme spread over three modules combines live online classes, interactive sessions, assignments, and feedback. The course is designed to equip participants with the skills to become competent citizen journalists.

We will discuss as to why this is the best time to be a citizen journalist and how one can chart one’s own path. The course will empower common citizens aspiring to be citizen journalists to do impactful stories.

We have an accomplished team of faculty and the course is tailored to come to the aid of both trained journalists and common citizens who wish to explore the field of journalism as citizen journalists.

Common citizens can become effective gatekeepers and watchdogs. Through this course,  citizens will learn to closely monitor local authorities, political and social organisations and how to report on them and what platform they can use.

The course will enable citizen journalists to understand local issues, how to find news, where to find it and what the events and instances are where they can have an advantage over the mainstream media.


Graduates with interest in journalism and basic computer skills and access to the Internet.

Job Opportunities:

Employment in freelance journalism, authoritative online writing career, news sources for mainstream media.

What will you learn?

1. An introduction to citizen journalism

2. Develop strong skills in reporting, news writing, feature writing and editing.

3. The ability to analyse trends in journalism and opportunities for alternative forms of journalism.

4. How to do research. What are the researching tools

5. How to evaluate one’s own work for style, grammar, clarity and accuracy.

6. How to pitch ideas and how to get published

7. A grounding in ethics of citizen journalism (Handling fake news, plagiarism etc)

8. The ability to provide information in multimedia formats

9. How to collaborate and do collective reporting through various media formats.

10. Mobile photography, video-making and editing

11. Writing for social media, blogging

Last Date for Applications:

October 10, 2020. 

The Course Starts on October 15, 2020, with the inaugural function at 6 pm.

Class timings:

6:00-7:30 pm (IST)

How to Get Admission:

Fill the admission form (http://bit.ly/cjbatch2).

Admission on a first-come-first-serve basis. Limited seats only. 

Course Cost:

Rs 5000 (The contribution will be used for charitable purposes by Deepalaya). 


Mohan Sivanand

He started his career in the mid-seventies as a writer and cartoonist with The Times of India Group in Mumbai. He later moved to the Reader’s Digest, India’s largest selling English magazine, and stayed there a little over 32 years. He retired as the prestigious magazine’s editor. He is a self-taught artist and his paintings have been exhibited in some well-known art galleries.

Prof. Sukumar Muralidharan

He has worked in print media for over three decades and now teaches at the school of journalism, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat. He has worked with the Press Trust of India and The Hindu, writing on areas such as science, economics, and current political affairs. He has a background in engineering and economics and was a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, for a two-year term.

Dr S Faizi

An ecologist specializing in international environmental policy, Faizi writes regularly on environment and development issues.  He is a member of the Biodiversity Convention’s Expert Group on Poverty and Biodiversity and President of the Ethological Society of India. Faizi believes that journalism will play an important role in protecting the fragile environment.

Marydasan John

He is a former Senior Assistant Editor with The Hindu. He spent 35 years as a professional journalist, both in reporting and editing. A major part of his career was as a copy editor, working in different sections of the news desk in various capacities. Presently, he is a guest faculty with journalism institutes and colleges. He is the author of the book Editing Today: Rules, Tools, and Styles.

Jennifer Arul

She is one of India’s best-known faces on news television. She has over 30 years of experience as a broadcast journalist with reporting experience from various parts of south India. She was also instrumental in launching news channels not just in India, but also in Indonesia and Malaysia. She is an international speaker and board member of the New York-based Global Media Project. She is also a calligraphist.

Commodore Lokesh Batra

A 1971 war veteran, Commodore Batra served the Indian Navy for 36 years in various capacities before retiring in 2002. After his retirement, Commodore Batra got actively involved in taking up social issues. Through his Right to Information (RTI) Act applications, Commodore Batra has been able to unearth many startling news stories. He has been guiding journalists on how to interpret and report facts revealed by RTI filings.

Chetna Keer

Chetna is an Author, Columnist, Social Media Satirist at Khushwant Singh HumorFest 2020 and participant in two TED CIRCLES Conversations 2020.
She is the author of two books “Trollitically Incorrect” and “Veggies Go On A Beauty Parade”. She now pens a Sunday humour column “Witerati” for Hindustan Times (Chd), critiquing the warts and wackiness of life on the social media through the lens of satire.


Reema has played the roles of journalist, author, filmmaker, and activist at different times in her life. She is currently writing for international online magazines and she is also on the editorial board of various Sikhism based magazines. Her books have won awards and her films have been showcased and premiered at international film festivals. She has been involved with issues concerning women survivors of the 1984 genocide and drugs and pesticide issues in Punjab.

Vishal Arora

An experienced journalist, Arora has been covering life and politics in Asia and beyond for many years. Arora writes, makes pictures, and produces video features (including mobile journalism) on politics, culture, religion, foreign affairs, and human rights. His stories have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Nikkei Asian Review, and many other outlets.

Ravi Pahuja

He is a multimedia designer with a number of years of experience in the field. With a diploma in film media and broadcasting from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, USA, he is an expert in photography, videography and website designing. He is working as Digital Marketing Officer at Deepalaya.

V Kumara Swamy

He has been a professional features journalist for more than 15 years and has reported and analyzed stories across the spectrum—from politics to society to issues related to the economy and, quite often, sports. An avid quizzer, he has been a BBC Mastermind India participant.

Jaswant Kaur

A company secretary by profession and a writer by heart, she has quite a few columns under her belt. Jaswant switched to the development sector when she joined Deepalaya as Director, eventually to become Executive Director. She likes talking and writing on legal issues and is a technology enthusiast. A young leader, she is also a member of the Executive committee of VANI - an apex body of voluntary development organisations.

Fr Dr Suresh Mathew

Fr Dr Suresh Mathew is a capuchin priest based in Delhi. He holds Masters' Degrees in Communication, Education and Theology. His Doctoral research was on the impact of the Internet on Teenagers. Currently, he is the Chief editor of Indian Currents weekly. He regularly conducts seminars on media, socio-political issues and educational topics for principals/teachers/heads of institutions.

AJ Philip

Philip has held the post of President of Deepalaya for about 18 years. He is a journalist, having held high editorial positions in many leading newspapers. He has travelled around the world as part of his journalism assignments. He is a visiting faculty at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He also serves as Manager of Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension, New Delhi, and Chairman of Deepalaya School, Gusbethi, Haryana.

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