MSF is a Public Trust, set up in 1995 in the memory of Shri Mayaram Surjan

Workshops on Rural & Development Journalism


One of the 5 missions undertaken by Mayaram Surjan Foundation is to promote value based Journalism as the basis for equitable growth and development of civil society. To achieve this goal, MSF has designed the following programmes.

  • Training, sensitisation and re-orientation of rural Journalists.
  • Training and sensitisation of Journalism students.
  • All India Journal Competition - to identify, recognise and honour Journalists work- ing in corporate in house Journals, civil society organisations, people's movement and diplomatic missions based in India.
  • To give short term fellowship to Journalists writing on developmental issues.


Purpose :
  • To prepare Journalists for identifying core issues relevant in building and strengthening a pluralistic society & use their professional skills for raising such issues through mass media.
  • To build a community which has well informed and skilled rural journalists with deep rooted journalism ethics and values. The aim is to also build a cadre of journalists sensitive to social issue with an understanding of the nuances of development work.

Methodology :

Classroom lectures, audio-visual presentation, field exercise and face to face interaction between senior journalists, activists, subject matter specialists and trainers. Resource Persons included senior Journalists, social activists and teachers.

In the period from August 2004 to July 2005, MSF in association with (NFI) National Foundation for India, New Delhi conducted a series of 10 workshops in rural Chhattisgarh. The details are given below :-

S.No Place Date No. of Participants represented No. of newspapers represented No. of villages represented
01 Patan Dist. Durg 13 & 14 Sept. 2004 23 6 13
02 Palari Dist. Raipur 14 & 15 Oct. 2004 32 7 14
03 Khairagarh Dist. Rajnandgaon 4 & 5 Dec. 2004 26 9 7
04 Kodar Dist. Mahasamund 7 & 8 Feb. 2004 24 6 7
05 Balod Dist. Durg 19 & 20 March 2005 26 8 10
06 Bhatagaon Dist. Dhamtari 22 & 23 April 2005 37 7 10
07 Lalpur Dist. Kawardha 4 & 5 June 2005 18 5 8
08 Dugali Dist. Dhamtari 10 & 11 June 2005 39 7 15
09 Pithora Dist. Mahasamund 17 & 18 June 2005 28 8 8
10 Fingeshwar Dist. raipur 30 June 05 & 01 July 2005

Each workshop was spread over two full working days divided into 8 sessions. The main subjects covered in each workshop are -:

  • Basics of Journalism
  • What makes a good Journalist
  • Media and the society
  • Tools of Journalism
  • Identifying issues for news coverage in rural India :- Gender Equality, Human Rights and Dignity, Plurality, Welfare schemes and their implementation, Basic Health, Primary Education, Panchayati Raj
  • Professional hazards in working in rural areas.
  • Writing skills and language.
Outcome :
  • Generation of News reports on developmental issues in rural Chhattisgarh. There is a continuous flow of news worthy reports from the trainees. Such reports are being published more frequently than earlier in various newspapers accross the state.
  • Generation of study materials on rural Journalism. Several papers have been contributed by the trainers on different aspects of the workshop. This material can be fruitfully used in future as well.
Follow-up :
  • The participants are encouraged -
    • To select at least one issue each in their area, write a detailed report, send it to MSF for possible correction/ suggestion and get the final report published in their respective newspapers.
    • To establish a small book library.
    • To organise lectures on socially relevant issues by eminent persons from the state.
  • MSF assures all possible help to organise these activities.
  • To identify more active Journalists from among the participants of each workshop, form 2 groups of 25 trainees each and arrange a 3-day advanced level training for them.