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Delhi: Sept 20

11:30 IST


12:00 IST

Welcome Address
Surabhi Malik, Google News Lab Lead, India

12:10 IST

Opening Remarks
Surbhi Pandit Nangia, DataLEADS

12:15 IST

Networking Lunch

13:30 IST

Watch Party: Trusted Media Summit Online

16:30 IST

Data Verification Workshop
Syed Nazakat & Anoushka Dalmia, DataLEADS

17:30 IST

End of Workshop

Delhi: Sept 21

09:30 IST

Shruthi Mohan, DataLEADS

10:00 IST

Welcome Address
Surabhi Malik, Google

10:10 IST

Opening Remarks
Surbhi Pandit, DataLEADS

10:15 IST

Case Study - Satyamev Jayate Digital Media Literacy Initiative
Mir Mohammad Ali, IAS Officer

How the Kerala government is championing a media and information literacy initiative.

10:30 IST

FactShala journey for Media and Information Literacy in India
Syed Nazakat, DataLEADS

About FactShala programme and the road ahead

10:45 IST

Strengthening Media Literacy efforts in India
Jugal Purohit, BBC News
Bharat Gupta, Jagran New Media
Prof. (Dr.) Anubhuti Yadav, Indian Institute of Mass Communications, Delhi
Surbhi Pandit, DataLEADS
Ritu Kapoor, The Quint
S Ramanathan, The News Minute

The panel will take stock of the current media literacy ecosystem to strengthen journalism practices in rural and remote parts of India.

11:15 IST

Media Literacy and trust in journalism
Olaf Steenfadt, Global Media Registry, Germany

His thoughts and opinions on current media literacy scenario

11:30 IST

Flash talks: Meet the trailblazers of media literacy in India
Shweta Khanna Bhandral, Dainik Bhaskar
Bhavna Pathak, Prestige Institute of Management and Research Indore
Sudhakar Reddy, The Times of India, Hyderabad
Kritica Mahajan, Purpose

The session will bring together some of the unique individuals and organizations who have contributed to the media literacy movement in India through path-breaking initiatives.

11:50 IST

Tea Break

12:00 IST

Panel: The Right Age For Media Literacy?
Prof. Diwakar Shukla, Jagran Lakecity University
Dinesh Babu, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala
Sneha Alexander, Meedan
Shruti Menon, BBC News

Panel to discuss if media literacy should be introduced early on and can early intervention prepare the future media leaders?

12:30 IST

Tackling misinfo on the frontlines: Fact-checking in newsrooms
Prof. Kanchan Kaur, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media
Rajesh Upadhyay, Vishwas News
Jency Jacob, Boom
Bal Krishna, India Today
Kritika Goel, WebQoof (The Quint)
Bharat Guniganti, Factly
Ruby Dhingra, Newschecker, Delhi

The panel discussion among editors of fact-checking newsrooms is dedicated to hear the journey of India’s fact-checkers and journalists.

13:15 IST

Networking Lunch

14:15 IST

Fun Activity #Pledge

Participants take a pledge to empower people with information literacy by leaving behind a thoughtful quote or a hashtag.

14:30 IST

Pre-Bunking: Is media literacy making a difference?
Misthy Sablok, DataLEADS
Dr. Aakansha Sharma, Internews
Dr. Shilpi Jha, Bennett University
Dr. Tanu Dang, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Language University
Dr. N. Tamilselvi, Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute

Flash Talk on impact of media literacy in India

15:00 IST

Climate Change: Sifting for truth
Mayank Aggarwal, Environment Journalist
Subhra Priyadarshani, Science Journalists Association of India
Aditi Tandon, Mongabay India
Harish Nair, Fact Crescendo
Madhur Singh, World Economic Forum

Mitigating ‘information disorder’ for Climate Journalists & News Publishers with appropriate skills & tools

15:40 IST

Tea Break

15:50 IST

Role and need of audio as a medium to spread information Literacy
Surabhi Jajodia, DataLEADS
Dr. DP Singh, Federation of Community Radio Stations
Pinky Chandran, SMART
RJ Sayema Rehman, Radio Mirchi, Delhi
Niharika Singh, Ideosync

‘By the people, for the people- How are community radio stations are enabling information literacy

16:20 IST

Inoculating people against health misinformation
Jisha KrishnanFirstcheck
Dr. Karan Thakur, Apollo Hospital
Dr. Shruti Murthy, George Institute of Global Health
Dr. Jaya Shreedhar, Co-author of Let’s Talk Vaccines
Sudipta Sengupta, The Healthy Indian Project

Need and relevance two years after Covid

16:50 IST

Concluding Remarks

18:30 IST

Gala Dinner


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Dr. Aakanksha Sharma
Programme Associate Asia

Aakanksha is Programme Associate Asia with Internews, She holds PhD on Evaluating effectiveness of Media and Information Literacy initiatives in Delhi/NCR schools. A quasi experimental post test only study that revealed media education was effective in raising media literacy levels but in limited ways.

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Aditi Tandon
Mongabay India,
Production Editor

Aditi is a Production Editor at Mongabay-India, She has over 10 years of experience working in Communication, Public Diplomacy and Journalism. She started her career as a print journalist and has since then moved onto various communication roles with organizations like Amnesty International, the United States Mission in India and the United Nations Development Program. She has received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to pursue her Masters in Euroculture in Germany and Czech Republic.

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Anoushka Dalmia
Data Journalism Trainer

Anoushka is a data-driven investigative journalist with an M.S. in Journalism from Boston University. She is a Data Journalism Trainer for DataLEADS and has previously worked for the Telegram & Gazette in Massachusetts, the Institute for Nonprofit News, and the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism.

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Arpna Chandail
News Producer

Arpna is Founder at Saahas. She has been news producer at Aaj Tak and an assistant Producer at Zee Media Corporation Limited.

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Bal Krishna
India Today Group,
Senior Editor & Fact Checker

Balkrishna leads the Fact Check Team at the India Today Group. A broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, he is passionate about using Internet tools for investigative journalism and has an eye for detail.

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Bharat Guniganti
Head - Operations

Bharath heads the Operations and Fact-checking projects at Factly. He is passioante about misinformation taking the centre stage in the socio-political discourse and is working towards the cause.

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Bhavna Pathak
Prestige Institute of Management and Research Indore,
Assistant Professor

Bhavna Pathak is Assistant Professor, Head of the Department of Mass Communication, Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore. She is Honorary Director, Department Concerning Project for Media Dictionary, Indian Association of Mass Communication (Regd.), Delhi. She is Media Educator, Factshala Trainer, Founder of Audio Visual Media Literacy Dictionary on YouTube Channel in 27 languages.

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Dr. Dinesh Babu
Department of Visual Media and Communication, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kerala,
Assistan Professor

Dr. S. Dinesh Babu currently serves as Assistant Professor (Sr. Gr.) and Research Guide at the Department of Visual Media and Communication, School of Arts & Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi. He has 11 Years of academic experience, including 7 years in research.

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Diwakar Shukla
Faculty of Journalism and Creative Studies, Jagran Lakecity University,

Diwakar Shukla is Dean, Faculty of Journalism and Creative Studies, Jagran Lakecity University Secretary, Communication Committee( C2), Association of Universities in Asia Pacific. IN the past he has been Principal Partner
Brand & Social Impact Consulting and Managing Partner at Ogilvy & Mather. He holds his bachelors and masters degree from the University of Lucknow

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Dr. DP Singh
General Secretary

Mr Singh is the Secretary General of Federation of Community Radio Stations. FCRS is a federation of 289 working Community Radio Stations (CRS) in India with the tagline "Sadgi, Mitvyayita and Swabhiman" working all over India to provide community services with the use of new technologies, innovations, research techniques/ methodologies such as print media, electronic media, cyber media, community radio stations, television, web campaigns, social media, etc.

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Harish Nair
Fact Crescendo,
Managing Editor

Harish Nair is the Managing Editor of Fact Crescendo (India) and Project Head of He has been associated with Fact Crescendo since its inception in 2018.

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Dr. Jaya Shreedhar
Co-author of Let’s Talk Vaccines & Pandemic Mentor,

Dr. Jaya is both a health and development journalist and medical doctor based in Chennai, India. Experienced in print media, radio, television, and digital media, she specializes in topics like human rights and health, specifically HIV/AIDS and TB. From 2004-2008, Jaya led the Internews Local Voices project in Chennai, an HIV journalism training program which helped journalists understand the science and tell compelling stories to reduce stigma. She is a consultant for international institutions including WHO and UNICEF and teaches public health journalism at the Asian College of Journalism.

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Jency Jacob
Managing Editor

Jency is the Managing Editor at BOOM. He set up India's first fact checking newsroom and overseas projects in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Previously, he worked as the Senior Editor at Business Standard’s Digital vertical and played a key role in synergising the print and web operations.

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Jisha Krishnan
First Check,

Jisha is consulting editor at HealthLEADS. She reports, edits and writes a weekly newsletter covering different issues including medical myths and misinformation. With over 15 years of experience in newsroom leadership, Jisha is a thorough planner, methodical writer and editor. She led health reporting at India’s leading news magazine, The Week.

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Jugal Purohit
BBC, Indian Languages TV
Senior Journalist

Jugal Purohit is a Senior Journalist at BBC. He coveres Defence, Disinformation & Investigations. Jugal holds come of the prminent journalism awards under his belt like; REDINK, WAN-IFRA & G Santha Teacher Memorial

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Prof. Kanchan Kaur
Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore,

Kanchan Kaur is former Journalist with Indian Express, Deccan Herald and Gulf News, Kanchan is a Journalism trainer, Assessor for the International Fact Checking Network. She was a professor at the University of Florida’s Institute where she taught Digital Journalism. Since then she has driven IIJNM’s emphasis on Multimedia.

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Dr. Karan Thakur
Apollo Hospital,
Vice President (Public Affairs)

Dr. Karan Thakur is an award winning healthcare administer, public speaker, opinions writer and policy expert on healthcare based out of New Delhi.

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Kritica Mahajan
Senior Campaigner

Kritica manages multiple campaigns as a Senior Campaigner at Purpose. Since the beginning of the pandemic, she has been spearheading the Indian leg of Verified, an initiative by the United Nations in partnership with Purpose, to promote lifesaving science communication and factual information about COVID-19. Through her work in the past few years, she focused on bringing diverse groups together to combat misinformation around COVID-19.

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Kritika Goel
WebQoof (The Quint),
Deputy Editor

Kritika is a Deputy Editor and leads the fact-checking team – WebQoof – at The Quint. She covers mis/disinformation with a special focus on politics and breaking news stories.

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Madhur Singh
World Economic Forum,

Writer and editor at the World Economic Forum. A 2020 Chevening fellow. She has over a decade’s experience in covering the environment, renewables, energy and the climate crisis.

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Mayank Aggarwal
Member with The Reporters' Collective,
Environment Journalist

Mayank is a journalist from since 2005. He writes on environment, conservation, wildlife, water and renewable energy. Prior to this, he hasworked with Mint newspaper, DNA newspaper, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), a news agency, and at The Statesman newspaper. Mayank has also worked with two different NGOs on the issue of the Right to Information and youth development for two years.

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Misthy Sablok
Project Manager

Misthy is a Communications Lead at DataLEADS and comes with a demonstrated work experience of over 7 years in Public Relations and Communications industry. She helps in strengthening the external communication at the organisation and works closely on establishing collaborations and orchestrating events. In the past, she has successfully established partnerships and strengthened stakeholder engagement for various corporates and NGOs.

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Olaf Steenfadt
Global Media Registry, Germany
Managing Director

Olaf Steenfadt heads the 'Media Ownership Monitor' project and the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ at the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, RSF. He is a member of the ‘High-level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation’ of the European Commission and of the ‘Committee of Experts on Quality of Journalism in the Digital Age’ at the Council of Europe.

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Pinky Chandran
Board Member

Pinky has over 22 years of experience spanning careers across international education, research, training, community mobilization, waste management, livelihood development, policy advocacy, communication and strategy, community media and radio broadcasting. She is an Independent Researcher, Journalist and Author; Founding Member SWMRT ; Trustee HasiruDala; Board Member - SMART

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Prof. (Dr.) Anubhuti Yadav
IIMC, Delhi,
Head, Department of New Media & Technology

Prof. Anubhuti Yadav is Head of the Department of New Media and Course Director of
Advertising and Public Relations Course at Indian Institute of Mass Communication. She
teaches New Media, Data Journalism and Advertising & Public Relations. She has conducted research in areas like media literacy, women & media, media & children, Informational and communication technology, and New Media and has presented papers at various national and international conferences.

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Rajesh Upadhyay
Vishwas News,
Editor In Chief & Sr. Vice President

Rajesh Upadhyay is a seasoned journalist with over 25 years of robust experience in mainstream journalism. He has been the driving force behind the next generation of fact-checking and news verification portal Vishvas News.

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Ritu Kapoor
The Quint,
CEO and Co-Founder

Ritu Kapur is an Indian media entrepreneur. She is the CEO and co-founder of The Quint, a web-based digital news site and was one of the founding members of Network18 in 1992. Ritu Kapur is a board member at Reuters Institute Of Journalism, Oxford University, an advisory board member at the British Council for their Future News Worldwide partnership program and a board member of the World Editors Forum. In 2018, she was ranked the 49th most powerful woman on the Fortune's list of Most Powerful Women in India.

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Ruby Dhingra,
Managing Editor

Ruby leads editorial, operations and initiatives at Newschecker. Her over a decade-long career encompasses ground-breaking reportage from conflict zones and reporting on terror incidents, election campaigns, and gender issues. Ruby is an Emmy-nominated producer and has handled both local and international assignments.

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S Ramanathan
The News Minute,
Head, Revenue and Product

Ramanathan is leading revenue and product at The News Minute, which include overseeing all revenue streams of the platform, from programmatic advertising and brand partnerships, to special projects and audience revenue. A former journalist, he is personally involved in overseeing some key upcoming projects on TNM which are focussed on building trust in media and promoting media literacy.

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Sayema Rehman
Radio Mirchi, Delhi
Radio Jockey

Sayema Rahman is an audio-visual artist and voice-over professional, specializing in English, Hindi and Urdu. She is currently a Radio Jockey with Radio Mirchi in Delhi. Sayema holds a masters degree in Philosophy from Miranda House College at University of Delhi

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Dr. Shilpi Jha
Bennett University,

Dr. Shilpi Jha is a TV journalist and academician with about two decades of work experience in India and US. She started her career with Aaj Tak and was part of the launch team of India’s most renowned news channel. She has also worked with the Voice of America as International Broadcaster, Hindi Service, at their Washington headquarters. She has been an academician for over a decade now, teaching courses like TV Journalism, Media Economics and Media Research. She has also been a columnist with several renowned news websites and has been participating in TV shows as expert. She is also an avid blogger and writes on social and women issues.

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Shruti Menon
BBC News,

Shruti Menon is BBC Reality Check Reporter. Before joining BBC she was workimg with Newslaundry and prior to that she was associated with NDTV

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Dr. Shruti Murthy
George Institute of Global Health,
Infodemic research Lead

Shruti Murty is an early career academic and researcher in public health with a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery, a MPH, and a PhD (Public Health). Her post-MPH research experience spans 9.5 years, and teaching-learning experience spans 4 years.She holds extensive experience in developing and delivering course content in public health and research (online, offline and hybrid modes). she is experienced in designing and evaluating discipline-based curriculum.

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Shweta Khanna Bhandral
Dainik Bhaskar,
Head- Digital Video Content

Journalist | Video Content Creator| Storytelling & Programming| Communication Trainer I Trainer, Google News Initiative India Network | Founder Director, FutSki Lab Pvt. Ltd. | Career counselling | Skill Development

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Sneha Alexander
Programme Associate

Sneha Alexander is Program Associate for APAC at Meedan. Prior to this she has worked as a Data journalist with LiveMint and has been a Policy Analyst & Fact-checker with BOOM FactCheck. Sneha attained her Masters desgree in Arts from St Xavier's College

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Subhra Priyadarshani
Science Journalists Association of India (SJAI),

Subhra Priyadarshini is a science journalist of over 25 years and the launch editor of Nature India. She launched Nature India in 2008 after a decade-long stint with mainstream Indian media. Subhra has been a British Chevening scholar, a Robert Bosch fellow, an IREX-UNESCO fellow and a Kavli Prize Media Scholarship awardee. Subhra received the BBC World Service Trust award for her coverage of the ‘Vanishing Islands of Sunderbans’ in the Bay of Bengal and the PANOS South Asia Media Excellence Award for her incisive coverage of climate change issues. She won acclaim in India for her coverage of the Orissa super cyclone in 1999 and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

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Sudhakar Reddy
The Times of India,
Editor (Investigation)

Sudhakar Reddy Udumula is the Editor (Investigation) at the Times of India, Hyderabad. Following the trail of migration and drought across the rustic landscape of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Sudhakar reported extensively on government apathy, divisive politics, systemic gender discrimination, agrarian crisis and the will to survive great odds. His curiosity for peeking behind the curtain triumphed over the criminal agenda of many scamsters in the highest political and corporate circles, making way for breaking stories such as Panama Papers Scam, Telgi Stamp Paper Scam, and many others.

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Sudipta Sengupta
The Healthy Indian Project,
Founder & CEO

Sudipta has 14+ years' experience in creating online products, strategic alliances and managing end to end business cycle of web and mobile properties around online community development, user generated content and social media. Conceptualized and owned online properties at startup phase and responsible for their elevation and management to growth phase. Has handled Product Management, Product Marketing, Business Development and Content Strategies in the Digital space. Have Recruited, Mentored and Retained Team in Startup Environment. Have had tasted success and failures, both with equal acceptance.

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Surabhi Jajodia
Communication & Outreach Manager

Surabhi Jajodia has joined DataLEADS as a senior assiociate. She comes with a background of mass comm and journalism. She has been a celebrity journalist and has interviewed celebrities like Vikrat Massey, Dino Morea, Adil Hussain etc. Surabhi holds a masters desgree from Guru Jambheshwar University.

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Surabhi Malik
News Lab Lead, India

Surabhi Malik is News Lab Lead, India at Google. Prior to this she has been a Programme Director and Country Lead, India at Internews. She has also been a media training specialist and is a former journalist who has worked with organisations like NDTV and Time of India.

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Surbhi Pandit Nangia
Vice President - Partnership and Outreach

Surbhi Pandit Nangia heads the outreach and partnership team at DataLEADS. She has over 22 years of experience in media with expertise in marketing and sales. She has been instrumental in smooth coordination and managing of
one the biggest projects on fact checking and media literacy with Google News Initiative, India which aims to support journalists and media educators across India in their fight against misinformation.

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Syed Nazakat

Syed Nazakat is an award-winning Indian journalist, media entrepreneur, founder of DataLEADS. He leads DataLEADS in New Delhi, as well as oversees its outreach across Asia with different partners, including with Google News Initiative. He has worked in senior positions at different media organisations and his work has earned him global recognition and awards.

Tamilselvi Natrajan
Quaide Milleth Educational and Social Trust,

Tamilselvi Natrajan is FactShala trainer and a Dean at Quaide Milleth Educational and Social Trust. Currently she has been working on a documentary/ short film to create awarness about media literacy.

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Dr. Tanu Dang
Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Language University,
Assistant Professor

Tanu Dang is an experienced Assistant Professor with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in E-Learning, Lecturing, Editing, Curriculum Development, and Public Speaking. Strong education professional with a Ph.D focused in Impact of TV Advertising On Children from Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi.

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Mir Mohammed Ali
IAS & Fellow Harvard Kennedy School, USA

Mir Mohammed Ali is an IAS officer. He was positioned as an Officer on Special Duty with the Chief Minister of Kerala. He led and championed a media and information literacy initiative which was later incorporated in the Kerala Chief Minister's Satyamev Jayate Digital Media Literacy Initiative. Mir is an MPA student, at Harvard Kennedy School, USA

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Bharat Gupta
Jagran New Media,

Bharat Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer of Jagran New Media, the digital wing of India’s largest print and radio publisher group, Jagran Prakashan Ltd. With 20 years of rich experience to his credit, Bharat has played a crucial role in managing and turning around several media businesses across print, radio, ground activation & digital. With over 100 million users, JNM is amongst the Top Internet Media Groups in India.

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