Scharada Dubey is the author of 19 books in the different genres of narrative non-fiction and children’s writing. She has a rich and varied experience of work across media, ranging from radio broadcasting in the 1980s with All India Radio, video reporting on Doordarshan in the 90s and contributing content to portal websites since the internet first gained ground in India. She has written for print media and for leading news websites on the internet. More details of her life and work can be found on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scharada_Dubey
Presently, she lives in Bangalore, and works on ghostwriting projects, completing books for celebrity authors.
Scharada has conducted multiple creative writing courses for gifted students. Some of her students have won writing prizes, and one of them went on to publish her first book.
Scharada holds a First Class B.A in English (1980) and a Second Class M.A in Sociology (1983) from the University of Mumbai and an M.A in English with an Outstanding grade from Savitribai Phule Pune University (2015). She is also certified as a Trainer for the Cambridge English Assessment Exams with a Grade A certificate in the BEC Higher examination commensurate to C2 level proficiency in English under the CEFR guidelines.
Facts, Fun and Frames: Reportage and Blogging in the Digital Age
The discovery of treasure is by luck,
and even more, it is rare:
one must earn a living
so long as the body is able.
Does earning a livelihood
prevent the discovery of treasure?
Don’t retire from work:
that treasure, indeed,
follows after the work.
From Rumi Daylight, translated by Camille and Kabir Helmminski
May 14-21, 2023
Few fields have seen a transformation in recent times that compares with the changes seen in journalism and reporting. Conventional methods of research, reporting and presentation in print and the electronic media are being challenged by new apps and AI in social media. News and “fake news” are engaged in a daily combat for eyeballs and attention that has blurred distinctions between information and entertainment, perspectives, and points of view.
While this may give occasional cause for concern, it has certainly opened more avenues for writers in the omnibus area of content creation.
This course has been designed with the functional approach of making students more open to a career in the media, or of making use of their writing talent to create marketable content for niche audiences.
What is the difference between a report, an editorial, or a feature article?
What is the importance of interviews, and how does one develop good interviewing skills?
How has technology made it more easy, or more difficult to find facts? How can one spot fakes and plagiarized content?
Is it possible to make a career from one’s passion, just writing about what one loves?
Set to work on a variety of assignments that will give them a grasp of what is demanded by today’s industry and audience, this course gives students a good idea of what earning an income by their writing could mean in days to come. It brings many expectations back to reality, while leaving scope for students to develop their own individual area of specialized content.