A Brief History of T5E

In 2002, The Fourth Estate or TFE came into being to bring together the institute’s literary talents on a common platform to write about institute events and activities. This institute magazine covered essays, opinion pieces, news and fiction. Published and circulated in the form of hard copies, the magazine made for a really fun read and was mandated as an institute body under SAC and funded by the Dean of Students.

In 2009, TFE, as it was popularly known, evolved into its online avatar, The Fifth Estate, under three founding editors: Saranya Kapur, Amrita Nair and Aditya (‘Das’) Kothari. For a brief while, both TFE and T5E coexisted and were managed by the same team. However, TFE was discontinued soon and it is the online avatar that remained. Today, T5E has expanded to become the official institute news body and takes on serious reporting under its mandate as well as a host of feature pieces and more, as you shall see below.

Who Are We?

T5E, or The Fifth Estate, is IIT Madras’s official campus news and media body. Established relatively recently in 2009, T5E is responsible for reporting on campus events and activities and also bringing out content on a wide range of issues relevant to the IIT Madras community, be it students (prospective or current), parents, faculty or staff. In the last few years, T5E has expanded drastically in terms of outreach and content, and made a name for itself in the institute. One of its main distinguishing features is that it remains neutral and unbiased both in its coverage and internal functioning, having prided itself on working in a transparent and accountable manner.

What Do We Do?

As mentioned above, T5E covers institute wide news of every kind including various activities and events on campus – but our content is not confined to reporting. We also regularly bring out different series, features (like Humans of Insti), interviews, op-eds, opinion pieces, and on occasion guest features. Of late, T5E has also begun to focus on not just textual but also visual content and at the moment we are working on several new photography and videography ventures to be released in the coming year.

How Do We Do It?

T5E operates purely online through a WordPress site where content is regularly published. On average we release 3-4 articles a week. We also run our own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. All aspects of T5E: from writing, editing, design, photography, videography, web operations, financing and publicity- are taken care of within the main team itself. Thus, we are an extremely self-sufficient body. But the real answer to ‘How do we do it?’ lies in our:

Team Members

The T5E team is headed by an Executive Editor, who takes up ultimate responsibility for the body as a whole. The Exec Ed works with the Editorial Board consisting this year of four editors; the Media Team consisting of six heads responsible for Design, Photography and Videography; and the Web-Ops Head. The real strength of the team however is derived from its correspondents. This year T5E has 32 correspondents who work in tandem with the Headitors and Exec Ed to come up with ideas, take initiative and develop this into solid and effective content.

Without further ado, we introduce our team for this year:

2017-18

Executive Editor

 Varun Sridhar    9740166567

Editors

 S. P Kaushik Viswanath  Saborni Saha  Abhijit Gupta
Divya Vijayakumar Anvitha Reddy  Rohitha Naraharisetty

Correspondents

Abhishek Kelkar Gudi Ramcharan Reddy  Utsav Dutta
Shubhangi Ghosh Meenakshi Kumar  Savio Daimary
Sharanya Menon Pradyumna Siddharth Kapre
Nihal K Akash Kumar Surya Suresh

Media

Design

Shiraz Khan

Photography


You can also view previous years’ T5E teams below:

2016-17

Executive Editor

Isha Bhallamudi +91 91764 89636

Editors

Akash Garg Abhishek Kelkar
Henna Nizar Ahammed Rohitha Naraharisetty

Design & Media

Avinash Panneerselvam Divya Vijayakumar Ruby Saha
Sanchit Gupta Shiraz Khan Sumit Sute

WebOps

Abhishek Shandilya Priyanka Joshi Saravanan Dayalan

Correspondents

Abhinand Shankar Akash Kumar Akhil Sathuluri
Aneesh Salelkar Anshuman Karthik Anvitha Reddy
Aroon Narayanan Aslamah Rahman G Soorya
Harsh Sheth Jonathan Alex Kaushik Viswanath
M Rupesh Kumar Meena Chockalingam Neema Davis K
Nihal K Niharika Gunturu Parvathi Madhu Nair
Sanket Warad Sharanya Menon Sharika Mahadevan
Shaswat Mohanty Padmapriya Govindarajan Patanjali
Pradyumna Pranav Bhargav Ramya Vijayram
Raghav Simhan Ruchir Shivani Guptasarma
Shweta Venkatesh Sriraghav Srinivasan Sofia Shehana
Sowmya Ganesh Surya Suresh Tangella Bala Sri Raja Gopal
Vedant Trivedi

2015-16

Executive Editor

Raghavi Rao Kodati

Editors

Nikhil Nainani Sachin Nayak Sriraghav Srinivasan

Web-ops & Design

Abhishek Shandilya Amritha Elangovan
Sree Ram Sai Chandrala Vishal Upendran

Correspondents

Abhijit S Gupta Isha Bhallamudi Sharanya Menon
Abhinand Shankar Kaushik Viswanath Sharika Mahadevan
Abhishek Kelkar Liza Tom Shaswat Mohanty
Akhil Sathuluri M. Arjun Velmurugan Shiraz Khan
Arjun Rakesh Meena Chockalingam Shivani Guptasarma
Arun Keshav Nandini Jayakumar Sofia Shehana
Aryendranath Sharma Sowmya Ganesh Nikhil Mulinti
Aslamah Rahman Nived Rajaraman Rohan Rao
G.V.Kaushik Parvathi Madhu Nair Rohitha Naraharisetty
Nitin N Ramya Vijayram Venkataraman Ganesh

For Immerse

Editors

Swetambar Das Nithin Ramesan Rohit Y Parasnis
Kiranmayi Malapaka Sanket Wani

Writers

Akshay Govindarajan Shivani Guptasarma Arundhathi Krishnan
Rahul Vadaga Nikhil Mulinti Isha Bhallamudi
Aparnna Suresh H Tejdeep Reddy

2014-15

Executive Editor

Viswajith Venugopal

Editors

Akshay Rangasai Aroon Narayanan
Isha Bhallamudi Liza Tom
Nithyanand Rao Shilpa Menon

Web-ops

Suraj Yerramilli

Correspondents

Kalyani S Varun Gangal Prashant Arjun Bhagoji
Ananth S Chinmay Naugaria Anjani Balu
Varun Shashanka Rao Rohan Kharkhanis
Akhil Sachin Nayak Padma Priya
Manu Raghavi Nirmal L
Ashutosh Akshyah Vishakh Hegde
Rakesh Bhargavi Nithyanand
Gautham Krishnan Neha Ashok Surajram
Aahlad Manas Arjun KG
Nitin Ramesan Saba Firdaus

2013-14

Executive Editor

Poorna Kumar

Editors

Aravindabharathi R Viswajith Venugopal

Managers

Vishakh Hegde V V Hemanth

Web-ops

Suraj Yerramilli

Correspondents

Sachin Nayak Reshmi Suresh (blog) Arjun Shajan
Shruti Badole Navyata Sanghvi Arjun Bhagoji
Liza Tom Rajaram S. Anjani Balu
Ranjani Srinivasan Isha Rohit Kharkanis
Raghavi Rao KV Neha Padma Priya
Abhinay Reddy S. Aroon Shilpa Menon
Akshyah Kumar Chockalingam Sneha Reddy
Ananth Saran Y. Arjun KG Nithyanand Rao
Bhargavi Suryanarayanan Saba Firdaus Nirmal L

2012-13

Executive Editor

Anand ‘Lumberjack’ Rao

Editors

Sarthak Pathak Vaishali Venkatesh Prasad Deepak ‘Flashing’ Sahoo

Managers

Nitin ‘One-by-Six‘ Madasu Sarathram ‘Fuga’ Subbaram

Web-ops

Suraj Yerramilli

Design

Pramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Partha Sarathi ‘MUX’ Pati Reshmi Suresh (blog) P. Dinesh
Ranjini Balan Navyata Sanghvi Raghavi Rao K.v
Rihan Najib Abhinay Reddy S. Rajaram S.
Poorna Kumar Akshyah Kumar Ranjani Srinivasan
Samvita Kalyan (blog) Ananth Saran Y. Rohit Koganti
Jayant ‘Jusi’ Thatte Bhargavi Suryanarayanan Sachin Nayak
Sai Tejo Kiran Harish K. Shruti Badole
Shivani Patel Jaideep Pathak Varun Gangal (blog)
Rohan Bendre Karthik Thiagarajan V. V.  Hemanth (blog)
Aravindabharathi R. Liza Tom

2011-12

Executive Editor

Vinay Slicer Sridhar

Editors

Midhun ‘Pumpkin’ Unnikrishnan Manasa Renduchintala

Managers

Anand ‘Lumberjack’ Rao Karthik ‘Promiscu’ Rajkumar Umang ‘Goti’ Gupta

Web-ops

Akshay Rangasai

Design

Pramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Milind Rao Smita Mujumdar Abhiram
Ranjini Balan Partha Sarathi ‘MuX’ Pati Rohan ‘Avatar’ Bendre
Raymond Joseph Sashi ‘BF’ Bezawada Vidya Muthukumar
Jatin Mandawat Bhaswanth ‘Malinga’ Blan Jayant Thatte
Deepak Sahoo Sreedeep Sreekanth Darsana
Samvita Kalyan Evelyn Tanza Antony Sai Tejo Kiran
Poorna Kumar Sarthak M Pathak

2010-11

Editors

Aditya Kothari Sharanya Haridas Vinay Sridhar

Design

Kaushik Mohan

Web-Ops

Pramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Manasa Renduchintala Midhun Unnikirshnan
Ranjini Balan Vinay Hegde

Reporters

Milind Rao Mounica Sonikar Sohini Sarkar
Umang Gupta Vishal Gupta

2009-10

Editors

Aditya Kothari Amrita V. Nair Saranya Kapur

Design

Kaushik Mohan Pramod ‘PDF’ Kasi

Correspondents

Nishanth Muthusamy Sharanya Haridas Vinay Sridhar

Reporters

Nihit Desai Rohit Prasanna Shakti Shaligram

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