Dr Savyasaachi Jain

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

Publications

  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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Teaching

  • 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.

  • MS-M12 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.

  • MSJM14 Dissertation

    This module allows students to develop their knowledge and critical understanding of journalism through a sustained piece of independent academic study on a subject of their choice within the field. The dissertation enables students to engage in in-depth research on a topic of their choice subject to the approval of the Department.

  • MSJM40 Risk Reporting

    This module examines the role the media play in the social construction of risk through case studies of the reporting and representation of war, disease, famine, child abuse, disasters and food and health panics.

  • MSJM99 Terrorism, Conflict and The Media

    This module critically explores a wide range of issues in the media coverage of terrorism and political conflict. It considers theoretical perspectives as well as international case studies to examine news narratives; framing; portrayals of Islam; the role played by social media in contemporary political conflict; perspectives of peace journalism; the 'national interest' and ethical considerations. Sessions are designed to incorporate extensive discussions and students are expected to prepare for each session and participate actively.

  • 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