The SPJS is headed by Mr Subrata Nag Choudhury, a distinguished senior journalist. He had begun his journalistic career with The Statesman in 1979, and worked at a stretch for 15 years to become a special representative and later the chief reporter for the paper. So, when he joined The Statesman Print Journalism School in September 2017, it was getting back to his roots
After having left The Statesman, Mr Nag Choudhury joined the India Today magazine and worked at Kolkata and in north-east India briefly. He left India Today to join The Telegraph newspaper and worked there for three years. Finally, he joined The Indian Express newspaper and was its resident editor till June 2016. In 2007, he won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Political Reporting on the Nandigram land movement.
He is still a working journalist, writing regular columns for news portals like the Scroll.in and The Quint. He continues to write content for the Thomson Reuters news—world’s largest multimedia news provider. It is his professional experience of over 35 years as a reporter that he is teaching now to his students at the Statesman Print Journalism School.
Other members of the faculty include practising senior journalists from within The Statesman and other publications. In addition, the SPJS arranges interactions between students and distinguished persons from various fields from India and abroad.
Regular faculty at SPJS are: Mr Subrata Nag Choudhury, Director, SPJS; Ms Smita Abraham, Assistant Professor; Mr Shameek Sen, Assistant Professor, the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences; Mr A K Danda; Mr Tarun Goswami, resident editor, Millenium Post; Mr Swapan Mullick; veteran journalist and current director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; Ms Gopali Bandyopadhyay, Features editor, The Statesman; Mr Pulakes Mukhopadhyay, Sports editor, The Statesman; Mr Sailendra Mal, chief photographer, The Statesman; Sk Sadar Nayeem, senior editor, Dainik Statesman; Dr Sunrit Mullick, former Cultural Affairs specialist & Educational adviser at the American Center; Mr Dipankar Ghosh; Mr Somnath Dasgupta, Mr Sabir Ahamed; and Mr Santanu Sanyal.
Guest faculty includes Mr Sam Rajappa, veteran journalist and founder-director of the SPJS; Mr Ravindra Kumar, editor, The Statesman; Mr Kishore Bhimani, veteran Sports journalist; Mr Nick Nugent, former BBC-journalist and journalism trainer, and Mr Utsav Chatterjee.
The students also get an opportunity to interact with distinguished journalists as well as
The students had the opportunity to interact with a number of distinguished visitors during the year. Among them were Dr Lars Peter Schmidt, Head of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in New Delhi; Mr Benjamin Bidder, Moscow Correspondent, Spiegel/Spiegel Online; Mr Rainer Schmiedchen, Consul-General, the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata; Mr Hans Christian Winkler, Head of Press and Information, German Embassy, New Delhi; Mr Krishnan Srinivasan, former Foreign Secretary of India; Mr Ajoy Bose, senior journalist; Ms Arati Jerath, senior journalist and commentator; Aunohita Mojumdar, editor, Himal, Kathmandu; Mr M K Venu, founder editor, The Wire; Mr Mukund Padmanabhan, editor, The Hindu; Mr Akhilesh Upadhyay, editor-in-chief, Kathmandu Post; Mr Shah Hossain Imam, associate editor, The Daily Star, Bangladesh; Ms Tongam Rina, senior editor, The Arunachal Times; Ms Madhavi Goradia Divan, advocate, Supreme Court of India; Ms Seema Mustafa, consulting editor, The Statesman; Mr Pradip Phanjoubam, editor, Imphal Free Press; Mr Raj Kamal Jha, editor-in-chief, Indian Express; Dr Violet Valdez, Asian Center for Journalism, Manila Mr Sidharth Bhatia, founding editor, The Wire, Ms Kalyani Shankar, veteran political commentator, Dr Michael Lueders, veteran journalist and author from Germany.
Why SPJS ?
English-language newspapers in India today face a shortage of qualified, competent journalists. Many media schools have shifted focus to television, and produce graduates who are confused about the choice of medium. The problem is compounded in West Bengal, where many of the youngsters now ready to join the profession entered school at a time when English was taught Class 5 onwards...
The SPJS has been set up as a journalism school that :
(a) Trains youngsters to be competent, well-informed, liberal-minded journalists with an abiding faith in India’s democratic institutions and the rule of law, and an abhorrence for tyranny, injustice and corruption;
(b) Aims for the highest standards of professional competence, so that its graduates emerge as ethical, fair and well-rounded journalists;
The SPJS is headed by Mr Subrata Nag Choudhury, a distinguished senior journalist. He had begun his journalistic career with The Statesman in 1979, and worked at a stretch for 15 years to become a special representative and later the chief reporter for the paper. So, when he joined The Statesman Print Journalism School in September 2017, it was getting back to his roots.
The SPJS offers a unique placement-cum-reward facility to the best of its students. At least five students from each batch are offered positions on regular scales at The Statesman. In addition, the first three students will be refunded 1/3 rd of the tuition fee paid by them upon completion of each year of service. In effect, those three students can expect a full fee refund from The Statesman by the time they have worked for three years. Additionally, but subject to vacancies,...
What Alumni Say
I am very grateful to each and every one of my teachers and would like to extend a special thanks to our dearest Sam Sir (Sam Rajappa), our mentor and guide who regaled us with intriguing stories from his reporting days, teaching us many valuable lessons along the way. I am extremely grateful to have been given a chance to be a part of this wonderful institution and extend the same good wishes to all future students of SPJS.
And, the most important part was the job that I was offered after completion of the course, without having to go about desperately knocking doors of employers ~ that is something for which I will always remain grateful to the institution.
But it wasn't all work as we were taken to many places in and outside Kolkata - whether to document the place through photography, or understand the place's ecosystem. These visits greatly added to what was a thoroughly enjoyable and instructive few months.