SAJP Fellows

Smita Nair

Senior Assistant Editor at The Indian Express

Posted in the state of Goa on the west coast of India, Smita’s role is to cover the entire state. She looks into all aspects that concern Goans including tourism, daily political and social developments, and issues surrounding exploitation of the natural environment. Seeing other Chevening Fellows returning to India with enhanced skills and a fine tuned approach to working inspired Smita to apply for the South Asia Journalism Programme as she too wanted to gain access to the same resource pool that previous fellows now have access to. Smita describes how it will be a refreshing exercise to return to the classroom and to re-learn new ways of engaging with a story. Besides her academic interests, she is also keen to interact with her cohort of fellows and to create lasting relationships with them all.

Sanjay Mishra

Associate Editor at Dainik Jagran

Reporting on Indian political affairs, diplomatic-strategic affairs, and parliament news, Sanjay also writes special analysis and interviews significant national and international figures. He personally enjoys reporting on elections, natural and man-made disasters, internal conflict situations, and uncovering the problems of rural India. Besides the academic rigours of the South Asia Journalism Fellowship, Sanjay is also keen to learn and understand more about British society and culture. He hopes to use this opportunity to connect with people from government, academia, and sports alongside exploring all the beautiful natural scenery that is on offer here in the UK.

Veenu Sandhu

Associate Editor at Business Standard Private Limited

As an associate editor, Veenu plans and produces the weekend newspaper for Business Standard, one of India’s leading business daily newspapers. Besides her heavy emphasis on reporting, writing, and editing, Veenu also oversees the mentoring of juniors in her team. Besides writing in-depth articles on topics spanning from politics right through to health and corporate trends, she also writes a monthly column called Viewfinder which largely focuses on current news and issues. Veenu feels that now, two decades into her career, is the perfect time for her to step back and look at the media with a fresh mind. Working with informed UK journalists and academics is just the opportunity she feels she needs to help inform her future as a journalist. She describes how she is looking forward to interacting and networking with media professionals here in the UK and to observing how British newsrooms operate.

Akansha Pradeep

Show Producer at CNN NEWS18

As a producer of a prime time news show, Akansha is responsible for the overall appearance of the show. This includes working closely with various departments to ensure smooth execution of ideas and inputs within stipulated deadlines. Some of her key responsibilities involve experimenting with formats, handling breaking news situations, and sieving out relevant information in the daily news cycle. Akansha is looking forward to broadening her horizons and to learning best practise in the field of journalism. She feels that the nature of this fellowship will enable her to bolster her future with fresh ideas and inputs. She is also keen to see how western newsrooms and media professionals work in this fast paced digital world.

Dinakar Peri

Defence Correspondent at The Hindu

Dinakar works as a defence correspondent for The Hindu which is one of India’s leading national daily newspapers. In his role he actively covers the Indian Ministry of Defence, military diplomacy, think tank activity, and public and private industry news. He was keen to participate in the Chevening South Asia Journalism Programme and felt it was tailored to his needs due to its specific focus on journalism with an academic outlook. As someone who is keen to stay abreast of the fast changing media landscape of the journalism sector, he feels that the fellowship will allow him to do just that whilst also giving him a chance to explore the vibrant media and academic community of the UK.