USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Priyadarshini Sen is a Delhi-based independent journalist who writes about religion, human rights and social justice for Indian and US-based media. She’s reported extensively in Los Angeles, Athens, Thessaloniki, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and many small towns across India. Over a decade, Priyadarshini has worked at well-known media outlets in India such as Times of India, Hindustan Times, India Today and Outlook. She has combined her editing, reporting and writing experiences with several fellowship and academic projects. In 2015, she was selected by the World Press Institute in the United States for a fellowship awarded to top ten international journalists. She traveled to Minneapolis, Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles to understand and report journalism’s best practices globally. A year later, she was awarded a scholarship by the University of Southern California for an M.A in Specialized Journalism where she specialized in religion reporting and embraced new media skills. After coming back to India last year, Priyadarshini decided to go independent and focus primarily on religion reporting–a beat that’s yet to gain traction in South Asia. She believes religion lies at the heart of major political, social and cultural developments around the world, but its reporting is inadequate or uninformed. Priyadarshini’s attention to detail and character, empathy for the underclass, and a dogged determination have helped her chart this new course in her career.

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Priyadarshini Sen