Trainee reporter Ambika Raja of the New Indian Express in Kozhikode, Kerala, is the second recipient of the Network of Women in Media India Fellowship. The award recognizes "promising women journalists working in challenging situations, remote areas or conflict zones, often without regular pay or proper equipment".
To quote NWMI's Ammu Joseph,"Ambika's application served as an important reminder of the often-forgotten fact that while social identity is a critical aspect of diversity, there are other disadvantaged groups who need to be kept in mind while promoting better representation of different sections of society in the media as well as other fields of work".
Ambika pursued a career in journalism in spite of an accident that left her paraplegic at a young age. In her own words, “Working as a disabled woman reporter in a place like Kerala, which is not a disabled-friendly state, is a herculean task. Since I can travel only by car and because public transport lacks access, it is impossible for me to go out for daily reporting. Hence I find it slightly difficult to build contacts as I do not often get to meet sources or other journalists in person.” (source: NWMI web story)
The Network of Women in Media coordinates the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) in India.