Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) is a reputed association of women journalists. Launched in 1994, it was set up to support women journalist in their professional work, in enhancing their knowledge and skills and to provide a forum for networking.
Centrally located in New Delhi at 5, Windsor Place, the center has become an integral part of the capital’s media scene. It now has a large membership of more than 700 journalists including reporters, editors, producers, anchors and cameraperson from across print, TV and Web.
IWPC organizes press meets and interactions with eminent personalities in the news, regular workshops, background briefings as part of its professional activities to support its mission. Its mission centers around three objectives:
• Dedicated to advancing the impact of women in the media by being a resource to members and to the industry.
• As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, progressive, professional organization, IWPC aims to create a positive change for women journalists.
• To create a robust media network by making women's voices and bylines more visible.
1) Who can become a member?
Any woman journalist from India who has completed three years in print media or electronic media can become a member. To be a member freelance journalists need to be a regular contributor to various publications. Foreign correspondents based temporarily in India can also join provided they fit the above criterion.
2) What are the types of memberships that are available at IWPC?
There are four types of memberships:
• Regular members, who have voting rights, need to meet the above mentioned criterion.
• Associate members, who enjoy all the facilities but do not have voting rights. These are members associated with journalism; their selection is done by the management committee on a case by case basis.
• Corporate members, who work in in communications and public relations departments in government and corporate sectors. Women working as government information officers or in press departments of embassies also qualify for membership.
• Outstation members are women journalists who do not live in Delhi. They can avail of all the facilities whenever they are in town.
3) What are the facilities at the IWPC?
IWPC has a popular cafeteria which offers a variety of cuisines at affordable rates. The food is healthy and like home-cooked meals.
The IWPC library has books of relevance to journalists, and magazines and newspapers in many languages.
There is a computer room with Internet facilities which members can avail free of cost.
Members can also hire the club premises for parties and conferences at nominal rates.
4) What are the fees at IWPC?
At the IWPC, we believe in being self-sustaining without being unaffordable. One-time admission fees for regular and associate members is Rs 3000 and one time admission fees for corporate members is Rs 20000. The annual fees for regular and associate is Rs 1500 and the annual fees for corporate member is Rs 5000.
5) Does the IWPC have any annual events? What kinds of events?
Yes, we organize several events through the year. We regularly organise panel discussions on current topics, invite various politicians for meet-the-press interactions.
We also host special lunches highlighting specific cuisines. We organize national and international tours, whichare popular among journalists. Our signature event is our annual fundraiser, held in October every year, which raises money to sustain our activities for the year.
6) When was the IWPC formed?
It was formally launched on October 5, 1994. It is registered under the Indian Societies Act, 1860.
7) How many members does IWPC have?
Currently the membership has crossed 700 and is increasing by the day.
8) Can male journalists become associate members?
Sorry no. Membership is open only for women. Men can visit the club only as guest of women members.
9) How long does it take to become a member and what is the procedure?
It can take from three to six months for a membership to be cleared if the form is complete. The procedure is simple. Get a form from the IWPC, fill it, and attach copies of your articles, appointment letter or ID card if your organisation gives you one. You also need to get recommendations from two existing members of IWPC.
10) What are the timings at the IWPC? Does it open all days of the week?
It is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. IWPC is closed on Sundays and major national holidays.
Tel: 011-23325366, 011-21410515
Email: iwpcdelhi@yahoo.com, iwpcdelhi@gmail.com
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