IMPHAL REVIEW OF ARTS AND POLITICS,
is founded and run by FPSJ (Free Press School of Journalism), a team of experienced media professionals, headed by senior journalist, author and scholar, Pradip Phanjoubam. The web journal was launched in March 2020, during the first nationwide lock-down in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, and beginning July the same year, the group also began bringing out a print monthly, originally called FPSJ Review of Arts and Politics, but had to change FPSJ to Imphal, as the Registrar of Newspapers in India, RNI, disallowed abbreviations. This print edition now is approved by RNI and registered under it (MANENG/2021/80839).
Most of us at the IRAP have had years and even decades of experience as journalists, either as field reporters or newsroom editors in daily newspapers. While our outlook to media remains the same – that of holding up a mirror to society and in doing so speak truth to power as the cliche goes, we also felt the rush of daily journalism, while extremely important, leaves the journalists chasing very short deadlines, little leisure to dive deeper into social issues, and this has been a shortcoming, especially for provincial media with inadequate staff and other resources. IRAP, is an effort to fill this perceived lacuna.