The Chandigarh Press Club is the nerve center of all media activities, both print and electronic, whose members comprise journalists representing various newspapers, magazines, news agencies, radio and TV news channels, and websites, as well as former journalists, government information officers and those considered to be part of the media industry.
The Club serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas, brainstorming and keeping journalists abreast with developments and burning issues. It regularly organises seminars and conferences for members where speakers are invited from various walks of life. The Meet-The-Press programme, the Club’s highly appreciated and widely acclaimed programme, regularly features people of national and international importance.
Besides, the Club provides a homely atmosphere and serves as a great recreational place for the members and their families. Be it celebrating festivals or organising cultural events, the Club makes finest of arrangements for members for an ultimate experience. Workshops for members’ wards are also held during summers to help them upgrade their skills in writing, painting, histrionics, etc., and develop into an all-round personality.
While the primary objective is to serve the journalistic fraternity, the Club also provides a limited access to the public by letting them organise business meetings, news conferences, gatherings and social events. Al in all, the Chandigarh Press Club is a happening place, which is abuzz with activities round the year.
The idea to have a Press Club at Chandigarh was mooted some time in 1975 when the then Prime Minister of India – Smt. Indira Gandhi declared National Emergency in the country and the media was put under the ban to print and speak out their views. On digging out the old records it is found that the following journalist from Chandigarh formulated the first constitution and got it registered with the Registrar of Society of Chandigarh:-
On interaction with BK Chum one of the living member of the above-quoted team it further transpires that the authorities of Chandigarh allowed the land and undertook the construction of the existing building. The process got going gradually and the club came into ship shape as on today. On the date, the club is a premier institute of the journalist in India, especially in Northern India. Its member includes media persons representing important newspapers, newspapers, news magazines published from all most parts of the country, news agencies, radio and TV services. The club, from time to time, invites eminent national and international personalities from various fields to address the Meet-The-Press programmes. It is one of the most prestigious programs of the club. In addition, the club also organises seminars on burning issues and cultural events for its members, their families and guests. Over the period the club has also established the following facilities for its members, their families and guests: