About Jeetu Shah

Inspired by barking dogs to join journalism !!!

Summary

An accomplished media person with hands-on experience in writing and editing content for magazines, newspapers, websites & blogs.

A competent PR/Media/Corporate Communications professional capable of planning, organising and implementing large-scale PR campaigns. Govt. Relations, Public Affairs, Policy Formulation, Political Comm & Marketing.

Proven expertise in managing large, multi-disciplinary teams and external agencies, and developing/optimizing systems and processes.

Focused on

– strengthening brand value and revenues by creating and implementing targeted, synergistic communications solutions,

– promoting cross-platform objectives to attract public, media and investor attention,

– creating an intercultural environment allowing individuals and collectives to succeed,

– linking people, organizations, and opportunities.

Specialties
 Individual Performer, Proactive Learner, Strong Team Player, Well-organized
 Strong media Skills including Print, Electronic, Digital and Social Media
 In-depth understating of target audience/readers of created content
 Creativity with the ability to generate fresh ideas and concepts
 Ability to plan, prioritize multiple tasks and focus on what is critical
 Multilingual: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Konknni, Kutchi, Marwari, Bhojpuri, Sindhi, Punjabi
 Proficient Photoshop, MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Windows XP/Vista/ Windows 7
 Subscribe to and read around 400 newsletters on business, media, current affairs, etc and write around 5000 words everyday on blogs, micro-blogs & in print media on varied issues like business, entertainment, wellness, environment, national & international affairs, etc.
 Have regular exchanges with some of the tops leaders of the corporate, media & virtual world, some of whom are on my LinkedIn connection list.

Specialties

“ For 20 years dealing with media, corporate, politics, administration, underworld, enforcement & intelligence agencies, I am accustomed to top-end lobbying, crisis communications, insights into the Indian political system, M&A Partnering activities and providing privileged political/business intelligence.
I have & can handle job description that is wide and varied, challenges to help create communication strategies that work. And of course lobbying campaigns that win. Each time. Every day.”

Experience

 Ideator & Editor-At-Large & CEO

IndologyGoa, Media Laundry, Anna’s Globe, @Social

February 2007 – Present (5 years 2 months)

An accomplished media person with about 15 years of hands-on experience in writing and editing business/politics/social/crime related content for magazines, newspapers, websites & blogs.
These four websites are the platforms, where news stories on business, politics, crime, social and current affairs are regularly uploaded. Many of these stories are carried & followed up by print and electronic media.
Sources cultivated in the above areas are maintained regularly by investigating tips received by them and converting into story format.
Some of the stories on these above blogs are those, which are prematurely killed on the editors ‘sacred operation table’, but were investigated sincerely by the reporters. Some of the news stories are those received by the various enforcement and intelligence agency sources, as further investigation in many cases are curtailed due to pressure from highly placed govt. officials and influential politicians and ministers.

Major Areas:

PR and media relations. Corporate Communication. Mainstream journalism. Writing and editing in English & 8 Indian languages. Online publishing. Setting up and promoting blogs and websites. An Independent media consultant providing services like Negotiations, Public Speaking, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Media Advisory and Political Lobbying. Media management, public relations, social media expert, event management, content, production.

CEO

Indology Goa

January 2005 – Present (7 years 3 months) Panaji, Goa

CEO, IndologyGoa, an NGO propagating and promoting ancient Indian Arts, Science and Traditions. Organised eight national & international conferences on various aspects of Indology like Music, Art, Cuisine, ancients sciences, Ayurveda, Yoga in association with govt. & foreign agencies, organised International Indology Book Fair, Co-ordination with ICCR, Govt. of India and various American Universities, Media & Corporate Communications for fund raising, managing blogs: Media Laundry (www.mediadhobighat.blogspot.com) @Social (www.indologygoa.blogspot.com),written articles on traditional diet, Ayurveda and environmental issues in local English newspapers. An independent media consultant providing services like content, production, coordination and logistics to national & international networks for Goa.
2004-2005
Project In charge, Goa Foundation, Goa (Environmental Awareness Foundation in Goa). Director: Dr. Claude Alvares. Independently looking after Media Relations, Contributing articles on environmental issues, handled projects on waste management, research on biodiversity of Goa, and planning & executing new projects.
2002-2004
Website In charge, Mumbai Sarvodaya Mandal, Mumbai: Read and Reviewed books written on and by Mahatma Gandhi for the website. In charge of Press Publicity and worked as a voluntary secretary to Shri. Tulsidas Somaiya

CEO

Independent Media Consultant

January 2003 – Present (9 years 3 months) Panaji, Goa

an experience of around 20yrs in Journalism & as a CEO of IndologyGoa. He has worked on the reporting desk in various positions. i.e.; in Mumbai. He was acting Chief Reporter for Mumbai Samachar (Asia’s Oldest Newspaper) & Editor of Dainik Rajvrut (Marathi), before he shifted to Goa. He started his journalistic career in Indian Express at the age of 19.
Working as a news reporter for Indian Express, his stories on civic problems of Mumbai, political developments of the city & Maharashtra, Business & Crime were simultaneously published in all the other language i.e. Loksatta (marathi), Jansatta (hindi) & Samakaleen (gujarati), news papers of the group. Even when working with Mumbai widely circulated eveninger Mid Day, its, gujarati edition carried all his news-stories on the above beats. Hence, he developed fluency in writing news & features in English, Hindi, Marathi & Gujarati languages.
Presently residing in Goa since 2003, he is the CEO of an NGO, INDOLOGY GOA, promoting Ancient Arts & Sciences, managing blogs: Anna’; , @Social (www.indologygoa.blogspot.com) and writing columns on Education, Social Media, Business, Environment, Ayurveda, Waste Management, Media and Current Affairs in newspapers, magazines and portals. His responsibilities as a CEO includes media relations activities, events and campaigns to publicise and disseminate information on the activities of the organisation.
Well versed with networking on social networks like Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Weibo, LinkedIn and Scribd, he subscribes to over 300 newsletters daily from national and international newspapers, NGOs, websites, search engines, hackers site, etc. He can write/speak/follow English, Hindi (both ‘mumbaiyya’ & ‘delhiwalli’), Marathi, Konknni, Kannada, Gujarati, Kutchi, Rajasthani, Punjabi & Sindhi. He contributes news stories on the basis of information gathered from the Indian intelligence establishments, law enforcement agencies, political and underworld sources.

Project Incharge

Goa Foundation

January 1999 – January 2002 (3 years 1 month) Goa

The Goa Foundation is the most well known of Goa’s environmental action groups. Founded in 1986 by a group of Goan environmentalists each flighting his or her own individual environmental battles, the organisation today commands the respect of judiciary, government and the general public for persisting with its environment agenda for nearly two decades.

The work of the Foundation spans different areas and fields, all related in some way or another with the conservation of the Goan environment:

Acting Chief Reporter

Mumbai Samachar

January 1993 – January 1999 (6 years 1 month) Mumbai

Worked as a acting Chief Reporter, Mumbai Samachar, Gujarati Daily from Mumbai. Covered day-to-day developments, news, entertainment features and business.

At a time when vernacular newspapers, especially Gujarati newspapers in Mumbai were only following press note journalism, Jeetu created history by reporting White Collar Crimes (i.e.: ED, CBI (Bank Fraud and Security Scam, BFSC), DRI, Custom and other law enforcement agencies. He was one of the leading journalists reporting on Gangland Activities (mafia wars and mafia-politician connections).

He has the following scoops to his credit:
– The publication of the only photograph of the culprit (published so far), Kim Peter Davy, a Danish.
in the Purulia Bomb Drop case (Mumbai Samachar). This was then taken up by all the national newspapers including The Telegraph;
– The 1500 Cr. Hawala Racket of Harshad Mehta (not the stock scamsters) (Mumbai Samachar);
– The murder of Takiuddin Wahid, CMD of East West Airlines, by Chota Rajan (Mumbai Samachar);
– The starting of regional banks in small towns in India, post apartheid in SA, by South African drug cartels for laundering their drug money (Mumbai Samachar);
– The laundering of 500 crore of unaccounted money in Indian rupees by a very influential politician through a chartered accountant to Dubai (Mumbai Samachar);
– Several white collar crimes (economic frauds) involving many international syndicates (Mumbai Samachar);

– The murder of Nepal (Border) MP, Mirza Aslam Beg, dealer of smuggled cars by the Chota Rajan gang (Mumbai Samachar);

– The recruitment of Chota Rajan as a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent of the Government of India (Mumbai Samachar);
– The report on Naved Khan, the brother-in-law of film star Kader Khan, as the kingpin of the world’s biggest drug cartel in USA and his arrest by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) with around 60+ tones of Heroin in the Atlantic Ocean (Mumbai Samachar);

Special Correspondent

Midday

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Newspapers industry

January 1989 – January 1992 (3 years 1 month) Mumbai

Covered Crime & Politics:
– Broke the news of ‘face-off’ by underworld don Amar Naik
– 100 crores rough seized by DRI: The report on the week-long cancellation of export credit to diamond merchants by the RBI following the seizure of approximately 100 crores worth of rough diamonds at Mumbai airport by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) (MIDDAY, Mumbai). Later, the lady officer who had seized the booty was transferred, feigned ignorance in a letter on plain paper, the gem and Jewelry Council of India (GJCI) a day’s trade and a big diamond merchant had to pay a very heavy price to hush up the case.

Senior Correspondent

Samakaleen

January 1987 – January 1989 (2 years 1 month)

Mumbai). Covered beats such as Mantralaya, Law Enforcement Agencies, Civil Aviation, BJP, Business and Finance etc. And Free-lancing for Marathi evening, Mahanagar.

Jeetu has 1 recommendation (1 co-worker) including:

  • 1st anandrao bokka, Senior Librarian, Indian Express Newspapers Ltd.

as Reporter

Gujarati Samachar

January 1986 – January 1987 (1 year 1 month)

Started my career as a Reporter, covering politics, civic, business & crime beat.

This position is associated with:

Courses

  • Secondary School Certificate

    G.H.Highschool, Borivli, Mumbai

    • Rastrabhasha Prachar Parishad (National Language Promotion Council, New Delhi) Exam – Kovid
    • Pune Education Board, Maharashtra – Typing (50 wpm)
  • as Reporter

    Gujarati Samachar

    • Computer Programming, Dadar, Mumbai (But the institute closed down, without notice)

Publications

  • Mumbai Underworld – Varadrajan aka Varadabhai to Dawood

    • Gujarat Samachar
    • March 10, 1987

    Wrote a 21 part series about the inception of underworld crime syndicate in Mumbai city, with the rise of its only “Godfather” Varadrajan Mudaliar alias Varadabhai controlling the city and chronology of events thereafter leading to the coronation of Dawood Ibrahim as the undisputable Underworld Don of Mumbai and third most wanted man on the planet with his 8 billion dollars crime empire.
    I…more

  • Mumbai Police Lockup – An Ideal Resort & Sanctuary for Underworld

    • Samakaleen, Indian Express, Mumbai
    • August 6, 1989

    Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Rebeiro started ‘Police Encounter’ after eliminating Manya Surve, the only sophisticated Gangster, then, who fancied foreign brands of car and robbing banks in broad daylight. A series of such encounters followed after that by police alongside the intra-gang shootout in Mumbai between Dawood, Karim lala Pathan, Haji Mastan & Yusuf Patel gangs to acquire control…more

  • Mumbai Police Lock-ups – Underworld Resort & Spa

    • Mahanagar (Marathi, Editor – Nikhil Wagle)
    • September 11, 1989

    Mumbai Police Lockup – An Ideal Resort & Sanctuary for Underworld Edit
    Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Rebeiro started ‘Police Encounter’ after eliminating Manya Surve, the only sophisticated Gangster, then, who fancied foreign brands of car and robbing banks in broad daylight. A series of such encounters followed after that by police alongside the intra-gang shootout in Mumbai between…more

  • Arun Gawli – Mumbai’s Hindu Don !!

    • Abhiyaan Weekly ( Editor – Sheela Bhatt), Mumbai
    • October 2, 1989

    Researched feature on Arun Gawli, the lone surviving underworld don cum Member of Legislative Assembly (10 years), Maharashtra, in Mumbai still challenging supremacy of International Terrorist and Mumbai’s fugitive underworld ‘Don’ Dawood Ibrahim.

  • Another, Harshad Mehta – Rs.40,000 Crore Money Launderer !!!

    • Mumbai Samachar
    • March 9, 1991

    After Stock Scamster Harshad Mehta’s scam was exposed, a low profile hawala trader (illegal remittance of black money) from the Ghatkopar, eastern suburbs of Mumbai, was running a multimillion dollar Hawala Trade on the pretext of importing computer peripherals from Hongkong. One of trusted book keeper brokeup with him over sharing the loot, and provided all the information about this scam…more

  • Rs.100 Crore Illegal Diamond Smuggling Racket !!!

    • Mid-day (Mumbai)
    • January 10, 1990

    100 crores rough seized by DRI: The report on the week-long cancellation of export credit to diamond merchants by the RBI following the seizure of approximately 100 crores worth of rough diamonds at Mumbai airport by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) (MIDDAY, Mumbai). Later, the lady officer who had seized the booty was transferred, feigned ignorance in a letter on plain paper, the gem…more

Languages

  • English

  • Hindi

  • Marathi

  • Gujarati

  • Kutchi

  • Marwari

  • Sindhi

  • Punjabi

  • Konkani

  • Bhojpuri

Volunteer Experience & Causes

    • Causes I care about:

      • Arts and Culture
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Environment
      • Human Rights
      • Social Services
    • Organizations I support:

      • Greenpeace
      • Amnesty International
      • Aga Khan Foundation USA
      • Peace Corps

Education

Shri Chinai College of Arts & Commerce, Andheri, Mumbai

B.Com, Mumbai

1988 – 1990

Did not pursue further studies, as was confirmed as special correspondent ( crime investigations) in Samakaleen (Indian Express), while studying in T.Y.B.Com

Activities and Societies: Joined Indian Express, Mumbai while studying in F.Y.B.Com.

G.H.Highschool, Borivli, Mumbai

Secondary School Certificate

1976 – 1987

This education is associated with:

Recommendations For Jeetu

Senior Correspondent

Samakaleen

“I have known Jeetu from my college days and then worked in Indian Express Group. I found him way ahead of our times, as when we were yet colleging, he had already established himself as a journalist. He is a livewire, go-getter and no-nonsense person. His investivigative journalism has brought laurels for himself and kudos to the organisation. He is extremely infectious. He is an asset to any organisation. Besides, he has a helpful, kind and generous nature. I wish him all success in future endeavours.” March 5, 2012

1st anandrao bokkaSenior Librarian, Indian Express Newspapers Ltd.
worked directly with Jeetu at Samakaleen

Additional Information

Websites:
Twitter:
Interests:
Journalism, Media/Public Relations, Corporate Govt.Relations, Public Affairs, Policy Formulation, Political Comm & Marketing.,Communication, Political/Govt. liaison, CSR, Social Media Expert,Political Strategist, Blogging, Human Rights & Environmental Activism,Books, Animal Care, Cooking
Groups and Associations:
Media Laundry (LinkedIn): http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Media-Laundry-Seasoned-Journalists-Block-4324279?home=&gid=4324279&trk=anet_ug_hm&goback=%2Egan_4324279%2Egmp_4324279Facebook Group Page: Media Laundry – Seasoned Journalists Block (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sjblock/)
Goa’s Watch Dog: https://www.facebook.com/groups/goawatchdog/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mejeetu

2 thoughts on “About Jeetu Shah

    • Thanks Bhushan, fine, Let me know about the issues you would like to touch. Since, its an Indian magazine, I am sure your readers would be interested in a roundup of some offbeat happening here, hence I shall write on it via a column name : Media Laundry @IndiaGate. I shall also contribute on current affairs, social issues, environment, media movements etc.
      I shall also appreciate any suggestions from your end. Let me know whether you pay your contributors.If not, I am fine, but I believe ‘anything which comes for free has very little value.’ However, like I said, quality of my contribution would remain same, paid or unpaid.
      You can communicate with me on my email: indologyjeetu@gmail.com. Best regards, jeetu

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