Ammu Joseph is a freelance journalist, media analyst and editorial consultant based in Bangalore, India. She has co-authored and edited, with Kalpana Sharma, a book entitled, Whose New? The Media and Women's Issues (Sage, 1994). She is currently completing another book, commissioned by The Media Foundation, Delhi, on Indian women in journalism.
In addition to writing freelance for various publications in India and abroad, primarily on issues related to women, children, human development and the media, she has been contributing a fortnightly column for children to The Hindu's Young World for the past seven years. Entitled "Space Out" and written under the pseudonym Uma, the column introduces children to a wide range of social and ethical issues. At present she is also editorial consultant for Voices for Change, a quarterly publication of Voices/Madhyam Communications, a Bangalore-based NGO focusing on communications in and for development.
Ammu Joseph has been a journalist for 20 years. In her last full-time job, she was Magazine Editor of The India Post in Bombay. She began her career as a journalist with Eve's Weekly, for which she served as Assistant Editor for four years. She has also been a visiting lecturer in journalism for the post-graduate course in "Social Communications Media" at the Sophia College Polytechnic, Bombay, since 1995.
She received her B.A. in English Literature from Women's Christian College in Madras, a diploma in Social Communications Media from Sophia College Polytechnic in Bombay, and a B.S. in Public Communications from Syracuse University, New York. She has also been a press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, England.
Whose News? The Media and Women's Issues. Sage, 1994.
"The Media and Women's Mental Health," in Gender, Society and Mental Illness: Inter-disciplinary Perspectives. Ed. Bhargavi V. Davar. Sage, forthcoming.
"Gender and the Media," in Resource Book on Gender Issues for Teachers and Administrators. Department of Education, Government of Karnataka, forthcoming.
"Grassroots Training through Satellite Communications Technology," in Reclaiming and Strengthening Our Politics: Experiences in Gender-Transformative Training. Ed. Ranjani K. Murthy. forthcoming.
Eight-part series on the adolescent girl in India in The Hindu (Oct-Dec 1996).
"Profile of Child Labour in Karnataka." Report commissioned by the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka, 1996.
"Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in South Asia." Report on a regional workshop organized by the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, 1996.
Report on a satellite-based training program for women elected to gram panchayats in Karnataka, commissioned by the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka, 1995.
Report on an international workshop on public health insurance in India organized by the Research Project on Strategies and Financing for Human Development, Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, 1995.
Fortnightly column for children, "Spaced Out," in The Hindu's Young World (1991 to present).
Articles for newspapers and magazines in India and abroad.
"Child Labour in India: Search for Solutions," in Social Welfare and Social Development: Asian Experiences." Ed. Jacqueline S. Ismael and Enid Hill. Canada: Detselig Enterpreises Ltd., 1997.
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