I ndian f ederation of w orking j ournalists (ifwj )
The largest journalist organization in the non-aligned world is the Indian Federation of Working Journalists
founded in New Delhi on 28 October 1950. Independent India's first trade union of media persons, the IFWJ has now over 30,000 primary and associate members, working for electronic media, news agencies and 1,260 journals of 17 languages in 35 states and Union Territories
The IFWJ's fraternal organizations in the media world are the National Federation of Newspaper Employees (N.F.N.E., Kolkata) and the National Confederation of Newspaper and News Agencies' Employees Organization (Mumbai).
As the only professional body of working journalists, having its branches in every city, town and publication centre of India, the IFWJ's regional and territorial units have set up press clubs, press academies, reference libraries, training institutes and study circles.
publish professional journals and engage in activities like media researches, trade union struggles, human right campaigns, environmental protection and anti-war movements
The IFWJ's state units all over India own immovable property in different cities worth Rs. 15 crores ($ 4.5 millions).
It has bilateral relations with over 47 national unions of the world. IFWJ members partake in the activities of International Labour Organisation (I.L.O., Geneva) and the UNESCO's International Programme for Development of Communication (I.P.D.C., Paris)
It is affiliated to the Confederation of Asian Journalist Unions, Colombo. IFWJ president is also the chairman of this confederation. In recent years hundreds of IFWJ members have been to several countries in Latin America, Europe, the Afro-Asian region and the United States for conferences and training.
T he IFWJ is headed by its president, elected in a nationwide direct voting by thousands of its primary members every three years.
The President is assisted by a Working Committee which has a Secretary-General four vice-presidents, six secretaries, a treasurer and 17 members of executive, chosen at the plenary session by hundreds of its National Council members.
Peace march on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary day at violence-rocked Amritsar town (Punjab, 1990), solidarity march at Lal Chauk (Srinagar, Kashmir), National Council sessions at Guwahati, Kurukshetra, Cuttack, Ayodhya, Kanya Kumari and Rameswaram are some of the highlights of IFWJ's recent action programmes.
Presently the IFWJ has, as its 12th President, K. Vikram Rao , formerly of the Times of India
His distinguished predecessors included late M. Chalapathi Rau, editor of Lucknow's National Herald, late Pothan Joseph, editor of the daily Dawn and Bangalore's Deccan Herald, late Adhir C. Bannerjee of Calcutta, late T. R. Ramaswami, editor of Madras daily Makkal Kural, and Late Pandit Banarasidas Chaturvedi of U.P
Founded in 1939 as the Indian and Eastern Newspaper Society , the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) is a collective body of newspaper industry which looks after the business and financial interests of its members. It was now a membership of more than 730 newspaper organisations.
The Press Foundation of India, an institution promoted by INS members and run in close cooperation with INS provides opportunities for training and retraining journalists. INS operates a system of accreditation for the advertising agencies also and has laid down conditions for accepting advertisements from them by INS member publications .
It represents the interest of the newspaper industry on the Wage Boards set up by the Government from time to time to recommend the revision of wage structure of working journalists and non-journalists newspaper employees.
At present Mr Hormusji N Cama, owner of Bombay Samachar [the oldest Indian and Asian daily still in circulation] is the president of INS [2008-09]. INS is hosting the annual congress of World Association for Newspapers (WAN) at Hyderabad in December 2009.