Founded in 1963, the Press Institute of India (PII) is an independent non-profit organisation established to create and sustain high and responsible standards of journalism. PII’s training workshops for journalists are focused on a range of issues – from development journalism, women empowerment and child rights to national security, foreign policy and plain writing-reporting-editing. The objective is to equip them with better reporting and writing skills, and to empower them better.
Today, PII’s training workshops for journalists, conducted in-house or elsewhere, have a strong focus on rural reporting, development journalism and writing on women’s empowerment, the fight against child labour, the fight for child rights, etc. This is to encourage coverage of vital issues affecting the lives of the majority of our people, which mainstream media is really not in a position to cover substantially.
Over the years, PII has trained thousands of journalists from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other parts of Asia. PII was the nodal agency for sending reporters, subeditors and photographers for training to the Thomson Foundation, UK.
Training and other activities
PII has had long-standing collaborations with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ford Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, UNICEF, Press Foundation of Asia. There have been other notable collaborations – with the British Council, Thomson Foundation, Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Oxfam (GB), Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, International Council for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, and International Red Cross.
RIND was established under the Registration of Societies Act in 1979 with the joint efforts of seven newspaper publishers and editors – the Ananda Bazar Patrika, The Hindu, Malayala Manorama, Deccan Herald, Nai Dunia, Andhra Patrika and Gujarat Samachar – and thanks to the initiative taken by C.G.K. Reddy after he had retired from The Hindu as business manager. Reddy became the institution’s first director, and editor of its publication RIND Survey, a monthly (started in January 1980) that focuses more on the technical aspects of the newspaper and news publishing business. In recent years, this has expanded to include developments in television, the Internet and social or new media.
Over the years, RIND has become a reference point for those in the media, conducting workshops for the technical staff in news publishing houses, equipping them with knowledge relating to developments in the field and the necessary skills to function effectively. In 2001, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS), New Delhi recognised the services of RIND to the newspaper industry and decided to subscribe to the magazine for all its member publications. Since January 2007, the premises is also home to the World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Research and Material Testing Centre.