Investigating and reporting on the political economy of land: A journalism bootcamp

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Investigating and reporting on the political economy of land: A journalism bootcamp

Organised by Land Conflict Watch and Oxfam India

February 29, 2020, 9:30 am to 05:00 pm
Marigold Hall, India Habitat Centre


Please sign up here to register for the bootcamp by February 17, 2020
Successful applicants will be intimated by February 23

Why this bootcamp?

India’s ambitious agenda for economic growth sets up contests between industry, state, political class and citizens over use and ownership of land and natural resources. 

At least INR 13.7 trillion worth of committed, earmarked and potential investment is currently embroiled in ongoing land conflicts in India. That is equal to 7.2% of the revised estimate of the country’s GDP for 2018-19.  Land-related disputes make up two-thirds of all pending court cases in India, and their average resolution time is about 20 years. 

The competing interests for land and natural resources cause conflicts, which have deep implications for the social, political, economic and legal spheres. These contestations and disputes over land and natural resources generate an incredible array of stories for journalists to investigate and report. Stories of corruption, greed, political avarice, oppression, injustice as well as narratives of protests, movements and social resilience await to be uncovered. 

But, too often, these stories are buried under a complex web of legal documents, government records and corporate filings. To unlock the truth, journalists require to navigate a multitude of central and state laws that govern land and natural resources.  

This bootcamp will orient, upskill and equip journalists to do so. It will provide the knowledge and tools to investigative and tell better, more nuanced stories around the political economy of land and natural resources. 

Land Conflict Watch, an award-winning data journalism project, and Oxfam India are collaborating to organise this one-day bootcamp. The day-long event will bring top experts, editors and journalists to guide the participants through hands-on training,  presentations and panel discussions. The bootcamp will provide an especially-developed toolkit with essential resources for journalists interested in reporting on land and natural resources. 

What will you learn?

  • How to locate land and resource-related stories and its key elements
  • Navigating the legal framework that governs land and resources - Forest Rights Act, the Environment (Protection) Act, the Land Acquisition Act and other important legislations
  • Accessing and understanding public databases, corporate and government records that uncover stories on lands
  • Using Land Conflict Watch’s database of land conflicts in India
  • Using Right to Information Act to uncover the truth and facts
  • Editorial perspective and guidance to report on land-related issues
  • Understanding land-related governance processes

Who should apply?

Early and mid-career journalists interested in investigative journalism and keen to better understand the governance of land and natural resources in India.


There is no fee for the bootcamp. Applicants will be screened on the basis of their applications. Limited fellowships are available to cover the travel cost of journalists who do not live in Delhi.     


Applications are open till February 17, 2020.

Sign up here to register for the bootcamp

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