What is News? : Becoming a Journalist

An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.


Neha Dixit

Course Dates

30th May – 4th June


INR 12,000 + GST


4:30 to 6pm

About The Course

The digital world is full of opinions, facts, memes, reels and influencers.
How do you identify facts from opinions, news from Insta stories, analysis from a tweet, truth from a WhatsApp forward?
For an equal, democratic world, news should be truthful and free. And journalists should be honest, determined and care about the world around them.

In this course, you will learn the art of listening and observing your surroundings, interviewing strangers, check facts to identify news. Using this, you will be taught how to write news reports. You will also learn the history and ethics of journalism and its importance in today’s world.

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    Course Faculty

    Mahavir Jhawar

    Neha Dixit

    Jamia Millia Islamia University

    Neha Dixit is an independent journalist based in New Delhi, India. She covers intersection of politics, gender, and social justice in South Asia. Her reports are in long form, investigative and narrative format. She reports for Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Caravan, The Wire and others.  

    She has won over a dozen international and national journalism awards, including One Young World Journalist of the Year Award 2020, CPJ International Press Freedom Award 2019, Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Woman Journalist 2017, Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism 2014, Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism from the European Commission, 2011 among others.

    She has contributed to various anthologies on press freedom and socio-economic marginalisation including UNESCO’s 2021 essay collection, “#JournalistsToo: Women Journalists Speak Out”, UNESCO Casebook of Investigative Journalism 2011. She is a contributor to ‘Bad’ Women of Bombay Films: Studies in Desire and Anxiety, Palgrave, 2020, Race and Racism, Oxford University Press, 2021, Breaching the Citadel’, an anthology of essays on Sexual violence in South Asia, Zubaan, 2015 and First Hand: Graphic Non-Fiction in India Vol1 and Vol2 among others.

    She is a Visiting faculty Visiting Faculty at Department of Media Studies, Ashoka University, India. She has also taught at several Universities including guest Lectures at Columbia School of Journalism, New York, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, University of Göttingen, Gottingen, and others.

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Muskaan Kanodia

    Teaching Assistant

    Muskaan Kanodia – Teaching Assistant
    Muskaan completed her undergraduate studies in English and Media Studies. She is interested at the intersections of Social Justice, Women’s Rights and Fashion.

    Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.