The Media Rumble 2022 saw the release of , a report produced by Newslaundry and UN Women. were startling – such as how 87 percent of editors and proprietors at India’s top newspapers are men – and begged the question as to how newsrooms can be made more inclusive, diverse and intersectional.
This was the theme of “Gender in Newsrooms”, a panel discussion at The Media Rumble, which took place in Delhi on October 14 and 15. Moderated by Newslaundry’s Mehraj D Lone, the panel comprised Geeta Pandey, women and social affairs editor at BBC Online; Neetu Singh, founder of Shades of Rural India; and Ragamalika Karthikeyan, editor (special projects and experiments) at the News Minute.
“It’s easy to say ‘I will build a newsroom with a non-exclusion policy, I’m open to hiring trans people and non-binary people’, but do you have the infrastructure?” Ragamalika asked. “Do you have the sensitivity? Do you have the training for leadership and management to make sure that person stays?”