ìpolicy FOR JOURNALISTS
CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC POLICY
NEW DELHI, 24-26 MAY 2012
ìpolicy FOR JOURNALISTS
To secure freedom, prosperity, and good governance, a democratic society requires a high level of
ethical and informed reporting. Centre for Civil Society in partnership with Friedrich Naumann
Foundation (FNF) offers ìpolicy, a two day residential course for journalists to equip them with tools
to better understand and evaluate the effects of public policies in our day to day functioning. This
award winning course focuses on issues in the key areas of education, livelihoods for the poor, and
An increased awareness of the policy perspective can help journalists distinguish the intentions of
policies from their actual results and uncover the unintended consequences of actions and policies
that are usually overlooked by others. By honing journalists’ abilities to reveal the root causes of
social problems and unseen consequences of government policies, the certificate in public policy
offers media professionals a competitive advantage to their reporting, unconventional angles and
story ideas, and an analytical edge to their writing.
In previous years, similar courses have been conducted with
CCS was ranked among the top 50 Think
participants from organisations such as Associated Press, PTI,
Tanks worldwide in 2011 by Think Tank
UNI, Lok Sabha TV, Live India, Zee News, Dainik Bhaskar, survey of University of Pennsylvania.
Prabhat Khabar, Sunday Indian, in Delhi, Jaipur, Patna,
Guwahati, etc. Successful participants from these events go In 2011, CCS won the Templeton Award
back to their organisations, share what they have learned, for ìpolicy for Journalists certificate in
write stories on the topics discussed, and initiate longer-term Public Policy
projects on issues that interest them most.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
This course is targeted towards mid-level media professionals with some experience including senior
correspondents, feature writers, beat reporters, assistant/sub-editors, producers, and anchors. 40
participants are chosen through a competitive evaluation process.
Selected candidates will be required to participate for the entire duration of the course at
the end of which a Certificate in Public Policy will be awarded.
There is no fee for this course. All meals and a two-night stay at the venue will be borne by
Limited reimbursement of actual expenses (up to Rs. 3000) is available for outstation
candidates. Reimbursement will only be awarded with travel proof such as boarding pass,
train ticket, etc.
The deadline for applications is May 10, 2012.
Centre for Civil Society, A-69, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016
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KEY BENEFITS FOR JOURNALISTS
An opportunity to engage with Sample Speakers
prominent speakers, experts, and Name Designation
leaders from various sectors and to P Chidambaram Home Minister, Government of India (GOI)
Pradip Baijal Former Secretary, Ministry of Disinvestment, (GOI)
share experiences, ideas, and
Tathagata Satpathy Former Member of Parliament from Orissa, India
challenges with peer media Ajay Maken Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, GOI
professionals. Kanwal Rekhi Venture Capitalist and Entrepreneur, The Indus Entrepreneurs
A better grasp of the current trends Naushad Forbes Forbes Marshall, Pune
and innovative solutions to key socio- Subir Gokarn CRISIL
Arvind Kejriwal Parivartan
economic issues with a special focus
Pratap Bhanu Mehta Chairman, Centre for Policy Research
on the desired roles of government, Jayaprakash Narayan Founder, Lok Satta Party
markets, and civil society in improving Sharad Joshi MP, Pune and Founder of Shetkhari Sanghathana
the state of governance and providing Urjit Patel Infrastructure Development Finance Corp, Mumbai
access to quality services to all. Swaminathan Aiyar Fellow, Cato Institute
Gurcharan Das Former CEO, Procter and Gamble
A better understanding of the
TCA Srinivas Raghavan Business Standard
principles of sound public policy that Jayanth Varma Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
will give a critical and analytical edge Paul Appasamy Madras School of Economics, Chennai
to their day-to-day reporting.
To equip journalists with objective tools to understand and evaluate the effects of public
policies so as to better distinguish between objective facts and merely subjective opinions.
KEY BENEFITS FOR MEDIA HOUSES
Improved quality of reporting focused on in-depth analysis of core issues, thus engaging
readers with realistic and current solutions.
Staff having a sound understanding of public policy principles and issues challenging
conventional ways of thinking and reporting.
PEDAGOGY AND STRUCTURE
The ìpolicy experience is not classroom rote learning. It
VARIOUS TOPICS COVERED
encourages hands on experiential learning which makes the
format of course exciting, engaging, and entertaining. The course Why is India Poor?
Social Change & Public Policy
includes: 10 Principles of Sound Public Policy
Alleviating poverty: aid or trade?
Choice and Competition in Education
Interactive lectures, presentations and panel discussions: Environment: The Tragedy of the Collective
by experts and practitioners in media, academics, Private and Political Markets
CCS Café (censorship, gender and sexuality,
research, government, and development and corporate migration, regional identities)
Private or public funding of infrastructure?
sector. Law, liberty & democracy: a critical reflection
Participatory activities such as cooperative games, group Licence Permit Quota Raj (LPQ)
Access to justice for the poor and the
discussions, working groups, field visits, and disadvantaged
documentary screenings that allow participants to share Right to information: the key to good
their experiences, ideas, and challenges with each other. Azadi: philosophy of liberty
What makes the course unique is its take on Electoral reforms
Globalisation: an antidote to poverty?
contemporary issues, current trends and happenings Secularism in Indian Constitution
Sex, drugs and consenting adults
with an aim to design and develop sustainable solutions Singur: consent, coercion & property Rights
for existing problems.
For any queries, contact Srijan Bandyopadhyay: 99536 72130 or 011-2653 7456 ext: 21
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A TYPICAL DAY AT ìpolicy FOR JOURNALISTS
Each day of the programme begins at 9:00 AM and ends around 11:00 PM. Most participants,
however, rarely stop then, conversations continue through the night as participants continue to
debate with faculty, staff, and each other about liberal principles, perspectives, and policies.
Time Session Details
9:00-11:00 Session 1: Lecture on Topic 1 A lecture usually lasts for 45 minutes. Participants then break into
and open floor discussion small groups for 15 minutes to think through the lecture and prepare
with Faculty 1. questions, queries and comments for the Faculty. The expert spends
the last part of the session answering questions and further explaining
11:30-13:30 Session 2: Lecture on Topic 2 Same style and format as morning session.
and open floor discussion
with Faculty 2.
13:30-14:30 Lunch The whole group has lunch in the cafeteria, including faculty and staff.
Discussion on morning and mid-day sessions extend to the lunch table.
14:30-16:30 Session 3: Working Groups Brief input on Topic 3 by Faculty 3. Participants are divided into
different groups. Each group represents a stakeholder Each
stakeholder is asked to solve a given problem from their perspective.
The Differences are debated upon.
17:00-19:00 Session 5: Lecture on Topic Same style and format as morning session.
19:00- 21:00 Leisure time followed by Participants have time to interact amongst each other and with faculty
Dinner and staff.
21:00 onwards Documentary Screening Topical documentary screened and the issue debated. (Optional)
ABOUT CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY
Launched on 15 August 1997, Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is an independent, non-profit research
and educational think tank based in Delhi committed to increasing opportunity, prosperity, and
quality of life for every Indian by reinvigorating civil society and readjusting political society. Our
mission is to promote social change through public policy by being a resource for innovative
community and market based ideas for critical policy issues particularly in the areas of education,
livelihoods, and governance. Our unique focus on public policy and longer-term solutions makes our
research outputs crucial feeders into policy making and opinion formulation. We champion limited
government, rule of law, free trade and individual rights. CCS Academy conducts educational
programs for journalists, young leaders, and development leaders, where participants share and
explore ideas about voluntary and policy-based solutions to social problems.
ABOUT FRIEDRICH-NAUMANN-STIFTUNG FÜR DIE FREIHEIT (FNF)
FNF was founded in 1958 and currently works in some sixty different countries around the world –
to promote ideas on liberty and strategies for freedom. Our instruments are civic education, political
consultancy and political dialogue. FNF lends its expertise for endeavours to consolidate and
strengthen freedom, democracy, market economy and rule of law. As the only liberal organisation of
its kind world-wide, the Foundation facilitates to lay the groundwork for a future in freedom that
bears responsibility for the coming generations. Within South Asia the foundation works with
numerous partner organisations to strengthen the structures of democracy, good governance, the
rule of law, and the economic preconditions for social development and a life in dignity.