Visual Story Telling for Change

As an independent documentary storyteller and mentor to media change makers internationally, Sanjeev Chatterjee has been experimenting with strategies for using visual storytelling and the internet to reach audiences across borders. In his keynote, he will share takeaways from some recent experiments.

Sanjeev Chatterjee

The University of Miami

Sanjeev Chatterjee is a professor, visual storyteller, and an avid mentor to young changemakers in the media and related fields.

After earning his M.A. in English literature from Delhi University, Sanjeev worked for two years as a grassroots filmmaker focused on rural development in India. In 1987 he was awarded a full scholarship to Brooklyn College where he completed his M.F.A. in Radio and Television specializing in documentary storytelling.

Sanjeev is currently a full professor with appointments in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media (primary) and the Department of Journalism (secondary) at the University of Miami. He teaches courses in visual storytelling, media and society, and film and television production. Sanjeev also serves on the faculties of Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change (since 2006) and Young India Fellowship (since 2011).

During his tenure at the University of Miami, Sanjeev has fulfilled a variety of administrative responsibilities including serving as the vice dean of the School of Communication (2006 – 2010) and the founding executive director of the Knight Center for International Media (2007 – 2011).  Sanjeev directs UIndia, the University of Miami’s semester abroad program in India (2013 – present). In 2015, he founded the independent, Florida-based non-profit Media for Change with the goal of creating a global collaborative network of media changemakers.

Sanjeev’s documentary work has won top awards internationally and attracted funding from multiple sources including the Knight Foundation, Florida Humanities Council, UNDP, UN Water, Stockholm International Water Institute, United States Institute for Peace, and others. He was a Fulbright Scholar (India) in 2011 and currently serves on the Fulbright national selection committee (USA).

Sanjeev lives in Miami with his wife Sumita, who is a historian, their two teenage children Abhinav and Uma, and their dog Maraka. At home he spends a lot of time in the kitchen and tending to his vegetable and fruit garden.

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