Umashankar Singh

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In my career spanning almost 25 years, I have worked for TV news channels and agencies. I am associated with NDTV since 2003 and my present designation is Foreign Affairs Editor. My nature of job is to report from locations around the world and to analyze it when needed. I also cover politics and Indian Parliament.

As one of the pioneers of Mobile Journalism (MoJo) across the competitive and vibrant media sphere in India, I have been a trend setter using new age technology in the last three years to provide an edge to Team NDTV in its coverage of important developments. I have managed to pull exclusive interviews of top leaders in the country and report from ground zero during natural disasters using the selfie stick technique.

I am doing mobile journalism for last many years. My Bihar flood report of 2017 got me nominated as one of the four finalists in mojofest 2018, Galway, Ireland. I was bestowed 2nd position.

‪https://khabar.ndtv.com/video/show/news/death-toll-increases-in-bihar-465864

Last year I was invited as a speaker in the mojofest where I got huge appreciation for my work as mobile journalist.

I got invited as a speaker in first South Asia Mojo Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, this year. Apart from scheduled session, I was honoured to share my mojo experience in a special session moderated by Thailand’s ace journalist Suthichai who is pioneer of digital journalism in East Asia.

UK’s website journalism.co.uk did a video interview of mine in which I described my MoJo experiences.

Umashankar Singh will feature in...

25 June 2020
18:15 SGT

Launch: Masterclass on Crisis Reporting

This year’s Masterclass focuses on Crisis Reporting. Although the current pandemic is a focal point of the Masterclass, reporting under other critical circumstances is covered as well. The different chapters of the Masterclass highlight the topic from different angles.

1. Reporting on Multiple Crisis Scenarios – PLUC
The collective “People Like Us Create” (PLUC) from India shares best practices from their collective approach on Crisis Reporting.

2. Battleground PolyU – DJ Clark
Learn how to create an immersive multimedia story with DJ Clark from Hong Kong, who reported on the local protests with a 360 degree sound and camera system. Check out how he gears up for dangerous missions in his Lightning Talk.

3. Mental Health in MOJO – Sanne Breimer
Are you stressed working as a journalist? You are not alone! Get out of the journalist’s stress trap with this seminar, in which industry experts share their experiences on coping with difficult situations. A podcast with Amantha Perera (DART Center) compliments this chapter.

4. Teaching Mojo to vulnerable groups – Faten Jebai
Multimedia journalist Faten Jebai shares her experience in teaching MOJO to refugees in Lebanon and shows best practices from her workshops. 

5. Editing and reporting from home – U. Singh
NDTV-Journalist Umashankar Singh shares with us how he is coping with the pandemic from a mobile journalism point of view in one of our Lightning Talks.

6. Creating a collaborative remote newsroom – Tito Ambyo
Check out how Tito Ambyo’s students defied the pandemic and set up a fully fledged newsroom that allows remote collaboration.

7. MOJO in reconciliation processes in Sri Lanka – MediaCorps
Read up on how a project helps to bring people together with the connecting power of Mobile Journalism in this blog post.

26 June 2020
14:30 SGT
Community

Lightning Talks

See what the community and researchers are working on in the field of MOJO – Be inspired by their short presentations that capture various facets of present and future Mobile Journalism!

1. MOJO Editing in the pandemic – Umashankar Singh
2. Safety Gear for Mobile Journalists – DJ Clark
3. MOJO Android Apps – Matias Amigo
4. Mojos and the Law of Unintended Consequences – Andrew Duffy
5. The World of Mobile Journalism – Ujjwal K Chowdhury
6. TV MOJO Kit – Sachin Salve
7. MOJO Tools – Mohamed Azad
8. Bengali MOJO Manual – Abdul Kabil Khan