About Kerala Media Academy

Kerala Media Academy was the only institution of its kind in India when it was established on March 19th 1979 as Kerala Press Academy. It is a joint venture of the Government of Kerala, Kerala Union of Working Journalists and Indian Newspaper Society. The aim is to promote professionalism and excellence among journalsits, which the academy has been doing successfully for the last more than three decades. The Academy has set up a full-fledged institute, published books and monographs, organized seminars/workshops and instituted endowments and awards for promoting excellence.



  • To promote and co-ordinate study and research in the field of journalism.
  • To organize or help organize training courses, workshops, seminars, exhibitions and consultancy services in association with working journalists, newspaper management and universities.
  • To publish books, periodicals, monographs and research papers.
  • To co-operate with academic institutions and organizations in the formulation of syllabus for teaching journalism
  • To institute awards to honour individuals, institutions and organizations in recognition of meritorious services rendered and to grant fellowships for conducting advanced study and research in journalism.


  • 1979: June – First General Council meeting
  • 1980: 8th June – Foundation stone laid for the Academy by Shri E.K.Nayanar, Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala
  • 1985: 24th May – Inauguration of Press Academy building by Shri. K.Karunakaran, Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala
  • 1986: Journalism course started, Institute of Communication starts functioning
  • 1993: Public Relations and Advertising course started.
  • 2011: Certificate course in Non-linear Video Editing started
  • 2011: Certificate course in Communicative English started
  • 2012: April -Launches bi lingual monthly magazine MEDIA- Inaugurated by P. Govinda Pillai
  • 2012: February- www.pressacademy.org relaunched in new design and content
  • 2013: September – Television Journalism course started
  • 2014: Kerala Press Academy upgraded and renamed as Kerala Media Academy


The academy is administered by a General Council and an Executive Council comprising of working journalists, media owners, and Government representatives constituted by the Government of Kerala.