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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

P. Sainath on “Mass Media v. Mass Reality: From Farm and Field to Wall Street Deals”

Tue, April 5, 2011 • 7:00 PM • University of Texas, FAC 21(the Flawn Academic Center, formerly known as the Undergraduate Library, is just east of the Texas Union)

Award-winning journalist P. Sainath will speak on the failure of mass media to report and analyze the widening economic inequality in India and around the world. For the past decade, Sainath has been reporting on the epidemic of farmers committing suicide in India as a result of the collapse of the rural economy. Sainath’s hard-hitting reporting for The Hindu newspaper forced other journalists to cover the story and government officials to act. A decade earlier, in the 1990s his dispatches from the countryside in the Times of India sparked a renewed interest in poverty in India. Those stories were published in his best-selling 1996 book, Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India’s Poorest Districts.
In a 29-year career as a journalist, Sainath has won over 35 global and national awards and been called “the conscience of the Indian nation” by other journalists. In 2007, he won the Ramon Magsaysay Award -- Asia’s most prestigious prize, often referred to as the “Asian Nobel” -- for Journalism Literature and Creative Communications Arts for his “passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India’s national consciousness.”

http://www.indiatogether.org/opinions/psainath/

For more information contact Robert Jensen at (512) 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

Sponsored by: School of Journalism, the South Asia Institute, AID-Austin, and the Society of Professional Journalists-UT


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