New York Times opinion editor to discuss public opinion and social media

Jyoti Thottam

Jyoti Thottam, opinion editor of The New York Times, will deliver a talk on the shaping of public opinion through social media and social movements in Asia and the United States on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at noon in Rm. 122 of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. It is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Thottam has worked as an opinion editor at The New York Times since March 2018. She oversees opinion pieces on global economy and business. Previously, she worked at Time Magazine, where she started as a business and technology reporter before becoming Time’s South Asia bureau chief and senior editor of global politics and business. As South Asia bureau chief, Thottam covered the Kashmir conflict, the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, and the Sri Lankan civil war. After working at Time Magazine, she served as news editor for Al Jazeera America.

A graduate of Yale and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Thottam is currently working on her first book, “Children of Nazareth,” which will be set in post-partition India. 

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Ed Yong, Sam Dolnick, and Adam Shatz.

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