Vinod Jose

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Vinod K. Jose
Born Vinod Kizhakkeparambil Joseph
Kerala, India
Residence New Delhi, India
Education Manipal University,MA
Columbia University, MA
Jamia Millia Islamia, PhD
Occupation Journalist, editor, magazine founder
Years active 2001–present

Caravan Magazine (Dehli Press), since 2009
Free Press, 2003–2006
Radio Pacifica, 2002–2007

Indian Express, 2001
Known for his narrative journalism style and interviews
Awards Asia Society

Vinod K. Jose, or Vinod Kizhakkeparambil Joseph, (born 1980) is a journalist, editor, and magazine founder from India.[1][2] In 2009, Jose was hired by Delhi Press to re-launch the company's 70-year-old title The Caravan, which was discontinued in 1988. He is currently the executive editor of The Caravan, which calls itself "India's only narrative journalism magazine" and is published in the English-language in New Delhi.[3][4][5] Earlier, he was the founding editor of the Malayalam-language publication Free Press.[6][7] Jose's contributions to Indian journalism are in the area of narrative or literary journalism, similar to the style of Granta, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Mother Jones.[3][8][9] He has won awards for his work.


Vinod Jose Graduated with a degree in Communications from Manipal University in 2001. In 2008, he graduated with an MA from Columbia Journalism School, Columbia University, New York, where he was a Bollinger Presidential Fellow.[10][11] He was awarded his PhD in Sociology in 2012 from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India.[12][citation needed]


Vinod K. Jose started as a city reporter with the Indian Express in New Delhi in 2001.[6][10] He has worked as a foreign correspondent in South Asia for the American public radio network, Pacifica Radio, from 2002 to 2007.[6][10] Jose was also the founding editor of Free Press, a long-form investigative magazine published between 2003 and 2006 in the Malayalam language.[6][10] At 23, Jose became one of the youngest editors-in-chief of any current affairs registered magazine in India when he started Free Press (Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India).[6][10] In 2009, Jose was hired by Delhi Press to re-launch the company's 70-year-old title The Caravan, which had been discontinued in 1988.[3][8]

In defence of narrative journalism, The Caravan ads a long-term perspective that it says other magazines are not providing. Jose told The Hindu,

Magazines are being unable to take advantage of the seven-day cycle. After watching 200 hours of results [in TV], news and analysis of UP elections, what is it that I gain by having five magazines on my desk at the end of the week? Editorial leadership is not being able to address this core issue, and advertisers can see it.[13]

Notable works of journalism[edit]

Vinod K. Jose first received attention for his reporting about those accused and those convicted in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack. As a reporter, he covered the attack the day of the attack, but he said his story was not published in 2001 because he had found so many contradictions.[6] In 2005, Jose, who was at the time editing the Free Press, was questioned by the Crime Branch in New Delhi about articles that he had written about SAR Geelani, who had been accused and acquitted in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack.[6][7] In 2006, Radio Pacifica correspondent Jose conducted an exclusive interview with Mulakat Afzal Guru while the convict awaited his execution inside the Tihar Jail.[14][15] Later in 2006, he published a response on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Detainees' and Prisoners' Rights, which was seeking clemency for Afzal Guru.[16][17][18] His original interview with Afzal was reprinted multiple times between 2006 and 2013,[19][20] translated into 11 south Asian languages and other European languages such as Italian,[10][21] and included in an edited book about the attack.[22]

In the course of his reporting for Caravan, Jose filed a "Right to Information" application to make public the holdings of Kalanithi Maran's private holdings, which was eventually supported by the Central Information Commission in 2012. Maran's brother is former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, and India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting initially denied the request until the CIC reversed the decision. The issue was reported widely at the time saying the CIC decision on the appeal was landmark by setting a precedent in India for opening up the private sector to public scrutiny.[23][24][25]

In September 2012, The Washington Post published a correction that said its India bureau chief Simon Denyer had not sourced two statements from Vinod K. Jose's article about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that first appeared in The Caravan.[26] Sanjaya Baru, Singh's media advisor, said, "Simon Denyer quotes me in Washington Post without talking to me. He has merely rehashed what I told Caravan last year."[27] Denyer did respond that he had failed to adequately give attribution to Jose's article.[28] According to FirstPost, the ethical issue was that Denyer's article made it appear that Singh's representatives had told him something that he had actually told Vinod K. Jose of The Caravan in 2011.[29]

Selected works[edit]

  • Vinod K. Jose, "Maoist India: The Search for Economic Justice," Pacifica Radio, 2006; Free Speech Radio News, 2009. (29 minutes) Jose's 2006 radio piece on Mao rebels was featured as an "encore presentation" three years later.[30][31]
  • Vinod K. Jose, "Falling Man: Manmohan Singh at the centre of the storm," Caravan Magazine, October 1, 2011. This 2011 story about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was selected for the series "100 Great Stories" by the faculty and judges from stories by alumni from Columbia University's journalism school.[11] The article was translated into French and reprinted in Le Monde.[32] A reporter from The Washington Post failed in 2012 to source Jose's article and was criticised for an ethical lapse while the newspaper printed a correction.[26]
  • Vinod K. Jose, "The Emperor Uncrowned: The rise of Narendra Modi," Caravan Magazine, March 1, 2012 In the article, Jose provides a historical perspective on his subject Narendra Modi: "The transformation of Modi's image has been powered by a sophisticated public relations campaign, but the embellishments rest on a foundation of genuine accomplishment."[33] Several journalists incorporated parts of Vinod Jose's article, including Simon Denyer's controversial use in The Washington Post[26] and its attributed use by Shoma Chaudhury in a profile on Modi in Tehelka Magazine.[34] A writer from the Wall Street Journal recommended the article and noted, "The piece coincides with the tenth anniversary of the bloody religious riots in the state, which left an indelible stain on the legacy of the chief minister."[35] Ananya Vajpeyi, the author of Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India, called Jose's profile on Modi "courageous".[36] The Guardian considered Jose's profile on Modi a "carefully researched article",[37] Le Monde called it "an uncompromising profile",[38] while the New York Times India blog called it "exhaustive".[39] A writer from News Laundry wrote, "Vinod K Jose's Caravan piece was undoubtedly far more exhaustive, informative and readable than the Wikipedia-with-colour story by Jyoti Thottam in Time."[40]


In 2011 Vinod K. Jose won the Ramnath Goenka Award for his reporting on politics and government. It was his Caravan magazine profile on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which won him the prestigious award.

In 2008, he had won a Foreign Press Association award from Carl Bernstein, awarded annually for young journalists in the United States for their outstanding academic and professional achievement.[10][41]

His work "River Deep, Mountain HIgh", about espionage and lost plutonium in the Nanda Devi,[42] was acknowledged with an "honorable mention" at the 2011 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, Institute for War & Peace Reporting.[43]

He was presented with an award for excellence in reporting by the Asia Society in 2013.[1] Two articles from Jose were listed in the citation: "The Emperor Uncrowned: The Rise of Narendra Modi," which about how Modi reformed his reputation from the days of 2002 Gujarat violence into a prominent investment booster for Gujarat, India,[44] and "On the Success of Ethics," which is about the changing relationship between public relations and traditional journalism and the possible role of ethics.[45] Another magazine asked if it were ethical for a journalist writing about ethics begin the story by recounting his eavesdropping of the private communication of a public relations representative.[46]


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  2. ^ "Contributors | The Caravan – A Journal of Politics and Culture". Caravan Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Delhi Press rolls out 'The Caravan' nation-wide". Campaign India. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Caravan completes three years!". 12 February 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Masthead". The Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "For a Free Press". The Mean Time. 20 July 2005. Archived from the original on 20 July 2005. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Attack on Geelani: editor questioned", The Hindu, 3 April 2005, retrieved 20 May 2013 
  8. ^ a b Bansal, Shuchi (24 April 2013). "As magazines dwindle, Delhi Press seeks to add more". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
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  12. ^ "List of PhD Scholars Awarded in 2012" (PDF) (PDF). 
  13. ^ Jha, Prashant (8 April 2013). "Crisis in content". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Kashmir, Jammu (22 February 2013). "Afzal Guru's Execution: Legal Aspects". Kashmir Observer. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Qureshi, Hashim (21 February 2013). "Afzal Guru's execution and questions thereof". Greater Kashmir. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Haksar, Nandita (2007). Framing Geelani, Hanging Afzal: Patriotism in the Time of Terror. Promilla & Co. p. 199. 
  17. ^ "'I don't want a fellow Indian to get the death penalty' (The Rediff Interview/Vinod Jose, Society for Protection of Detainees)". Rediff. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Jose, Vinod K. (October 2006). "'Unnecessary Controversy'". Outlook India. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Jose, Vinod K. (9 February 2013). "Mulakat Afzal: The first interview Mohammad Afzal gave from inside Tihar jail, in 2006". Caravan Magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Jose, Vinod K. (10 February 2013). "And I was condemned to death". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. In 2006, Vinod K. Jose met Afzal Guru inside Tihar jail for a rare interview. 
  21. ^ Jose, Vinod K. (21 February 2007). "Al patibolo insieme alla verita". La Stampa. pp. Esteri, 16. 
  22. ^ Roy, Arundhati (2006). 13 December, A Reader: The Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament (r/e). New Delhi: Penguin. 
  23. ^ "Make public stake of Kalanithi Maran in Sun TV: CIC". NDTV. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "CIC orders disclosure of Sun Direct's shareholding". Times of India. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  25. ^ Nangia, Tarun (1 February 2012). "'Make Kalanidhi stake public'". New Indian Express. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  26. ^ a b c Denyer, Simon (4 September 2012). "Correction: India's 'silent' prime minister becomes a tragic figure". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 May 2013. An earlier version of this article failed to credit the Caravan, an Indian magazine, for two statements that it originally published in 2011. The assertion by Sanjaya Baru, a former media adviser, that Singh had become an object of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life first appeared in the Caravan, as did an assertion by Ramachandra Guha, a political historian, that Singh was handicapped by his "timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty." While both men told The Post that the assertions could accurately be attributed to them, the article should have credited the Caravan when it used or paraphrased the remarks. The article has been updated. 
  27. ^ Jebaraj, Priscilla (6 September 2012). "'Washington Post' failed to cite magazine, publishes correction". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Washington Post journalist sticks to article on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh". 7 September 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  29. ^ Gayathri, Amrutha (7 September 2012). "Washington Post Calls Indian PM 'Silent' And 'Tragic,' Govt Reacts Sharply". International Business Times. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  30. ^ "Documentary for Friday, December 25, 2009 – Maoist India: The search for economic justice (encore presentation)". Free Speech Radio News. 25 December 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  31. ^ "Thursday: Two FSRN documentaries". WMNF. 25 December 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  32. ^ "Inde: L'histoire de Manmohan Singh, Premier ministre bâtisseur en péril". Le Monde. 15 December 2011. p. ASIE, 36. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  33. ^ Jose, Vinod K. (1 March 2012). "The Emperor Uncrowned". The Caravan. Delhi Press. pp. 2–4. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  34. ^ Chaudhury, Shoma (7 June 2012). "Firestarter". 9 (24). Tehelka Magazine. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  35. ^ "Magazine Roundup: India This Week". Wall Street Journal. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  36. ^ "In a harsh new light: It is time to abandon illusions about Modi's Gujarat". The Telegraph (India). 7 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  37. ^ Mishra, Pankaj (14 March 2012). "The Gujarat massacre: New India's blood rite". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  38. ^ "Inde: Les musulmans en ligne de mire". Le Monde. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  39. ^ Gill, Nikhila (1 March 2012). "Newswallah: Who is Narendra Modi?". New York Times (blog). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  40. ^ Hazra, Indrajit. "Time Travel". News Laundry. 
  41. ^ Hecht, Randy B. "Foreign Press Scholarship Fund Honors Award Recipients" (PDF). FPA news. oreign Press Association of New York. pp. 1–2. 
  42. ^ "River Deep Mountain High". Caravan Magazine. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  43. ^ "Winners of the 2011 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism". Institute for War & Peace Reporting. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  44. ^ "The Emperor Uncrowned: The Rise of Narendra Modi". Caravan Magazine. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  45. ^ "On The Success of Ethics Can the Indian journalist and media proprietor survive this gilded age?". Caravan Magazine. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  46. ^ "An Ethical Citation?". News Laundry. 

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