Savyasaachi Jain


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Savyasaachi Jain is the Programme Director for the Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme in Journalism, Media and Globalisation, a two-year degree which is offered as a joint degree with Aarhus University, Denmark. He teaches a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate modules, bringing to his teaching extensive experience as a media practitioner, documentary filmmaker and international journalism trainer. His research interests lie in the areas of journalism, media ethics, political economy of the media, journalism pedagogy and international media systems. He trains journalists in several countries on behalf of organisations such as the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF.

Areas of Expertise

  • International journalism
  • Online journalism
  • Journalism ethics and standards
  • Conflict reporting
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Indian media
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Journalism skills


  1. India: Multiple Media Explosions. In Kaarle Nordenstreng and Daya Kishan Thussu (Ed.), Mapping BRICS Media. (pp. 145-165). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2. Games and Feints as Pedagogy: Using Game Theory and Reverse Logic to Teach Conflict Reporting. Journalism Education 2(1), 10-27.
  3. Investigative Journalism: A Handbook for Asia-Pacific Broadcasters. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union & Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.
  4. & Broadcasting Science. Kuala Lumpur: UNESCO and Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development.
  5. One Crossing, Many Journeys. In Crossing Borders: Post 1980 Subcontinental Writing in English. Jaipur, India: Institute for Research in Interdisciplinary Studies and Rawat Publishers.

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  • MS-200 Theorising the Media

    The principle aim of the course is to enable examination of a diverse range of modern media theories to probe their relevance to our everyday lives: how far do they further our understanding of the role and influence of media and communication? Each lecture will assist in developing a critical perspective on a major theorist or major theme which binds together a school of thought. Every effort will be made to trace the evolution of theoretical perspectives as they emerge over time and to encompass the various foci which gain prominence as attention shifts from effects to reception, from indoctrination to active resistance and empowerment and the new postmodern information age holds sway.

  • MS-231 Introduction to Journalism

    This module introduces students to the principles and skills that underlie the contemporary practice of journalism. The module acquaints students with various facets of news operations in a variety of media, including news values, reporting, news writing, feature writing, interviewing, editing, style guidelines and ethical considerations. Theoretical underpinnings will be explored in addition to developing practical skills. The module is workshop¿based. Coursework entails reporting, writing and editing. Sessions are designed to incorporate extensive discussions and evaluation of current news events and their coverage. Students will produce a portfolio of journalistic writing, which will be assessed.

  • MS-309 Online Journalism

    This module offers a comprehensive guide to the practices, techniques and skills used in the research, development and production of journalism in an online environment. It aims to increase both students¿ employability and their self-employability by showing them how to take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities offered by online journalism.

  • MS-311 Dissertation

    This dissertation enables students to engage in long term, in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department.

  • MS-M11 MA Project and Dissertation Preparation

    This core module comprehensively prepares students for their Master¿s project or dissertation, which is an integral part of the requirements for the degree. It incorporates several key themes and issues across the communications, media practice and PR industries. It is a challenging, and stimulating module ¿ both for professional practitioners and those new to communications and media practice. The module encourages students to unite theory and practice in productive ways. It introduces students to a number of important research and project management methods essential for undertaking a successful project or dissertation.

  • MSJM11 Development Communication

    This module introduces some of the issues and problems involved in using the mass media to promote development, including the issues of nation building, social inequality, health care and provision, population control and economic growth; provides an overview of the theory and practice of development communication and examines the effectiveness of mass media campaigns as well as alternative forms of development communication.

  • MSXM17 Social Science Research Methods for Journalists (Denmark)

  • MSXM18 Researching Journalism (Denmark)

  • MSXM19 Analytical Journalism (Denmark)

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2004 Present International Journalism Trainer Various international, intergovernmental and UN organisations
1986 Present Documentary Filmmaker, TV current affairs producer, Journalist Various organisations
2004 2010 EU Project Editor/ India Projects Coordinator The Thomson Foundation (international media development and training)
2004 2010 Asia Projects Coordinator The Thomson Foundation (international media development and training)

Research Groups

  • BRICS media project

    International study of the media in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa