Shalini Singh is a Delhi-based journalist, who will be studying journalism innovation as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University for the year 2017-18.
Earlier this year, she was chosen as one among the six international writers for Will The Flower Slip Through The Asphalt: Writers Respond To Capitalist Climate Change, a book of essays in response to international author-activist Naomi Klein’s 2016 lecture, ‘Let Them Drown: The Violence of Othering in a Warming World’, with an afterword by author Amitav Ghosh, edited by historian Vijay Prashad and published by LeftWord Books.
Till recently, Shalini wrote full-time for The Week newsmagazine, covering gender issues, culture (cinema and theatre reviews) and social trends. Prior to this, she worked with the Hindustan Times (HT) newspaper from 2008 to 2013, where her work under two environment fellowships, based in the states of Goa and Odisha, won her major awards in India. In 2012, she spent three months in South Korea with nine other international journalists on a press fellowship covering the presidential elections for HT.
Shalini is a founding trustee at the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), an ‘online repository of everyday lives of everyday people’, which was started by eminent journalist Palagummi Sainath in 2014. Expanding the possibilities of this digital archive will be her focus at the upcoming Harvard stint.
She has taught introduction to journalism as visiting faculty at Ashoka University this year, and been a participant in a national consultation to help refine gender-sensitive guidelines for women in media in south Asia, developed in 2016 by UNESCO and the South Asia Women’s Network held in Delhi.
In 2013, Shalini was described by the Elle magazine as ‘a headliner, one of journalism’s new guard that asks difficult questions, risks life and limb, and will stop at nothing for the truth.
Shalini would mentor those aspiring to build careers in journalism at Network Capital.