Priyanka Borpujari has been a journalist since a decade, and most of this has been as an independent journalist, what we better know as “freelance journalist”. She has previously been a business journalist in Delhi, and a crime reporter with Mumbai Mirror, before she decided to report on issues of human rights abuses across India, and most recently, in El Salvador and Indonesia. The focus of her work has been the struggle by indigenous communities to protect their forest land, how religion impacts women, how caste system impacts sanitation work in urban areas, and the housing problem in a city like Mumbai. Her work has appeared in various international and Indian news publications.
Priyanka won the 2012 International Women’s Media Foundation Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. This is given every year to one woman journalist reporting on issues of human rights, and Priyanka was selected out 85 applicants and was the first Indian journalist to win this. She has also won other fellowships that have taken her to Germany and El Salvador. In 2016, she was a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, USA, where she taught a course on media and human rights. She has also previously taught a course on community media at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
In 2014, she developed The Kali Writes Project which aims at healing through writing. She has conducted these workshops in Mumbra and Kurla in Mumbai; Cape Town in South Africa, Guwahati in Assam, and most recently in Rochester in the US, among male inmates of a prison.
In this talk, she will give us a perspective of her journey as a journalist, what makes her continue to do her work when media as a whole has many challenges today, and what led her to create The Kali Writes Project.