Address: 164/D/1 Lake Gardens, Flat C 5, Lake Gardens Cooperative Housing Society, Kolkata 700045, West Bengal, India
Date of Birth: November 05, 1969
Group Editor, India Blooms News Service (IBNS) / Trans World Features (TWF)
Roving Contributor, The Quint
India Contributor, The Washington Times
India Contributor, Inter Press Service (IPS)
Correspondent, Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN)
India Contributor, Nextcity.org
India Contributor, Women Feature Service
Contributor, The Hoot
Travel Writer-Blogger with major Indian digital and print publications
Editor-in-Chief, India Blooms News Service and www.indiablooms.com . While the latter is a news portal on India, IBNS is the news agency arm that now caters to nearly 20 media outlets. www.indiablooms.com is also a top Google News ranking site. IBNS also launched www.notintown.net and www.justearthnews.com .
Editor of feature service Trans World Features (TWF). TWF’s subscribers include mass circulated media outlets like The Statesman, Deccan Herald, The Tribune, The Hitavada, The Shillong Times, Daily Excelsior, Bollywood Trade Network and other prominent Indian newspapers and web sites like Yahoo, MSN, Aol through their content partners. Visit www.twfindia.in for an idea.
Editor, TWF India-The Magazine, a bimonthly magazine from Trans World Features (TWF).
Founder-India Coordinator, Talk360 (www.talk360.in) , a communication management/media training group for both media industry, journalism schools and corporate and social sector.
Guest Speaker/Resource Person on Journalism, Universities in United States, the UK, India
Other Experiences :
Former Kolkata Correspondent, Thomson Reuters ( 2008-2016)
India Contributor, The Boston Globe
Former Columnist, Newsline, Pakistan
Former Contributor, The Epoch Times
Worked as Bureau Head (based in Kolkata) of news agency Indo-Asian News Agency (IANS) (Website: www.ians.in) . Headquartered in New Delhi, IANS is one of the fastest growing news agencies in South Asia.
Worked as a Chief Copy Editor (cum a correspondent) with United News of India (UNI) (Website: www.uniindia.com) , one of the premier news agencies (autonomous) in Asia with a global network of journalists catering to hundreds of subscribers comprising major Indian newspapers, other news agencies, electronic media, portals, etc.
Was attached with UNICEF flood documentation project as a reporter visiting the flood-prone and flood-affected districts of Bengal to document the pre-flood preparation, write human interest stories, cover flood and assess the role and performance of the administration and the NGOs in rescue, mitigation of health hazards and distribution.
Visiting journalism lecturer for various universities in the United States, the UK as well as in India.
Also workshop resource person on media. Teamed up with award winning US health journalist Laura Ungar to conduct journalism workshops in India and USA. Visit our workshop video on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lch5DzMiNAs
Co-author of The Reporter, an exhaustive book on Reporting dissecting every branch
of the discipline for the students of journalism in all Indian universities as well as
the practitioners of the profession.
· Was attached as a panelist for recruitment of engineers by Infosys Technologies, a top-notch IT company of India and a global giant.
· Column: CNBC-Web 18 / www.sify.com / Newsline, Pakistan
Attached as a contributor for several major publications and news agencies in India and abroad. The publications and agencies include my present as well as past associations:
Aljazeera.net, the online version of the biggest Middle Eastern news network.
Asiaweek, former Time Warner group magazine published from Hong Kong.
Mumbai Mirror, a Mumbai daily from the Times of India group.
Sources, a magazine brought out by UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Deccan Herald, one of the premier news papers from south India brought out from Bangalore (India’s Silicon Valley), Hyderabad (also called Cyberabad for being an information technology hub) , Hubli-Dharwad and Mangalore.
Vijay Times, a newspaper from Bangalore and other Karnataka cities.
Gurlz, a women’s glossy on fashion and lifestyle.
SPAN, a magazine brought out by the American Embassy in India.
The Telegraph, India’s most stylish and innovative newspaper published from Calcutta and Guwahati. It is the largest circulated English daily in eastern India.
The Times of India, the largest English daily in India published from all major cities. It is also the second biggest English newspaper in the world.
The Hindustan Times, largest circulated and most reputed English daily from India’s capital New Delhi besides having editions from Calcutta, Patna, Lucknow and other cities.
Down To Earth, India’s leading environment and science magazine.
planets-voice.org, a website on environment reporting run by the German Environment Foundation.
Hindu Businessline, one of the prestigious business daily of the much revered Hindu Group in south India.
Sahara Time, a weekly from India’s leading business house Sahara Group.
Himal South Asian: One of the most prestigious magazines of South Asia published from Kathmandu reporting on issues concerning India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal etc.
News India-Times, a New York based English weekly catering news to non-resident Indians settled in the USA. Had been a political writer for the weekly.
Also had been a contributor for major Indian dailies like The Statesman, Financial Express, Business Standard, etc.
Swagat, the official inflight Magazine of Indian Airlines read by almost 2 million up-market passengers every month, flying to domestic and international destinations in Asia.
Steel Xpress, a steel industry magazine. Was the former consulting editor of the magazine.
Before joining Reuters was a contributor for world’s biggest wire services Associated Press (AP) and Dow Jones. Had been contributing for IPS, one of the premier news agencies in the world with a global network of journalists focusing mainly on human rights, gender and developmental issues, besides Pacific News Service (PNS) based in USA.
Portals: Worked as a travel and political affairs writer with www.indiainfo.com and presently contributing for www.sify.com as a special story writer and columnist.
Worked with Al Jazeera International on projects in West Bengal.
Produced stories for Fox News (USA) from India.
Panelist of current affairs programmes on All India Radio (AIR).
Area of contributions: The subjects of contributions include environment, development issues, health, politics, business, films, lifestyle, trends, family, women, consumers, law, education, city life and travel.
Specialisation Area: Health (HIV/AIDS issues especially), Environment and Development stories/Feature writing in general.
Major Assignments: Covered SAARC Conference as part of Prime Minister of India’s media entourage, reported from nuclear reactor facilities in Europe, reported on hate crimes in USA post 9/11 and covered the land movement in West Bengal from ground zero Singur and Nandigram.
Other interests: Writing travelogues on both Indian and international destinations and on films, especially covering film festivals.
Academics: Mentioned above in Other Experiences.
Now busy with: Besides working as The Washington Times Correspondent and running IBNS and TWF, presently working on a travel book series. Also holding more international workshops on journalism.
Links of my works: http://www.sujoydhar.com/works.html
Awards and Participation:
· Participated as an invitee from India in the 13th annual convention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) in New York in August 2000.
· Participated on Reuters Foundation scholarship in the HIV/AIDS Training Programme in Addis Ababa in September-October 2004.
· Participated in the South Asian Journalists’ Workshop on Global Environmental Negotiations in August 2002 in New Delhi.
· Participated in the South Asian Journalists’ Workshop on Vehicular Air Pollution in New Delhi in February 2003.
· Participated in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) workshop on water issues in New Delhi in February 2004.
· The Reporter, an exhaustive book on Reporting dissecting every branch of the discipline for the students of journalism in all Indian universities as well as the practitioners of the profession. Published in 2005 by Alchemy, an imprint of Mehras. The book was released in Kolkata Book Fair in February 2006.
· True Variety, Funding the Art of World Cinema, a book with contributions by renowned writers and film experts across the world. The book was launched at the Museum of Modern Art, New York by the Hubert Bals Fund in 2003.
Number of years in the profession: 16 years
Languages known: English ( Proficient ), Bengali ( mother tongue) and Hindi ( National Language).
1991-94: Completed Master of Arts (M.A) in Journalism from Calcutta University with Developmental Journalism and International Relations as special papers.
1992: Completed Special B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Journalism from Calcutta University.
1988-91: Completed three-year graduation course majoring with Commerce (B.Com. Hons) from Calcutta University. The subjects included Accountancy, Economics, Law, Business Management, Mathematics among others.