Alumni talk series

Problems and Prospects in Television Journalism
Department of Media Studies (UG) organized an Alumni Interaction with Ms. Sreeja MS, Senior Correspondent, NDTV on April 28, 2022. She had completed her BA JPsEng undergraduate programme at Kristu Jayanti College in the year 2012.

“Internships have helped me to get a job as a television journalist,” said Ms. Sreeja while emphasizing the importance of journalism internships. “Today, to pursue a career as a television journalist one must learn to multitask and have good analytical, presentation, and technical skills. Moreover, the aspirant has to do internships in media organizations and start networking with journalists”

Ms. Sreeja also shared her experience as a television journalist. She said, “the job is interesting as well as challenging. It’s interesting because you get to meet people and you serve the society, and it’s challenging because a lot of responsibility and care has to be taken to unearth the truth from the clutter of information– especially in the era of social media”.

She ended her session by sharing her experience in SriLanka while covering the economic crisis for NDTV. Mr. Abraham, Coordinator, Department of Media Studies (UG), faculty members were also present during the session.

Alumni Talk Series on Insight on Technical Writing: A User’s Manual
Date: 26/03/2022
The Department of Media Studies (PG) organized an Alumni talk series on, ‘Insight on Technical Writing: A User’s Manual’ on March 26, 2022. The Resource person for the talk was Ms. Malavika Surendran who is an alumnus of the Department of Media Studies (PG) and Information Designer at E2Open, a supply chain management firm.

The welcome address was proposed by Ms. Lakshmi Muralidharan of 2nd year MA JMC student and she also introduced the resource person for the day. Ms. Surendran shared the profile of the company and her job roles in the firms. She gave a practical idea of what is expected of a technical writer in the job market. She urged the students to focus on their target audience as technical writers and how in the end the goal was to simplify information as much as possible.

Ms. Malavika delved into her process of writing proper technical content. She said, “Good research gives you a good base.” Her process of writing starts with doing proper research and having multiple conversations with the subject matter experts. She believes that there is no right or wrong way to write and that the challenge in technical writing is to write more using minimal words.

She shared certain tips and skill-sets required to excel as a budding technical writer. Her insights on how things work in the industry gave the students an idea of what they can expect once they enter the job market as technical writers. She said, “If you have a passion for writing then you will not have an issue in learning about the niches you have no idea about beforehand.”

The session ended with a question-and-answer session from the students and Ms. Gayathri R of 2nd year MAJMC proposed the vote of thanks. It was an informative session that explained the challenges of the industry and motivated the students to accept the contests of the industry.

Importance of Building Portfolio
Department of Media Studies [PG] organized an alumni interaction with Mr. Anurag Thomson, Optimization Strategist, Verizon Media as a part of Alumni Talk Series on March 26, 2021. Mr. Thomson, while addressing the students on career planning, emphasized on the importance of building portfolios which displays one’s skills that qualify for a job. Furthermore, he said that the job market currently looks for individuals who can multitask and be flexible. Speaking on his experience how to find the right career in media, he said, “the key aspect is networking. Connect with people in the media, share your portfolio with them and your grit lends the result”. The session was attended by over fifty students.

Keep your mind open and asses your skills
Date: January 31, 2020
Classes Attended & Number of beneficiaries: II semester MA, & IV semester MA JMC; 44 students
Name and details of the Resource Person: Mr. Anurag Thomson, Senior Creative Analyst at YAHOO
Objective: Interaction with the alumni and the industry person to have a firsthand experience of the industry and its functions and how media functions with the technical aspects of the media.

Mr. Anurag Thomson, who is presently working as a Senior Creative Analyst at YAHOO for the past two consecutive years. Mr. Anurag was welcomed by his very own Professor Dr. Juby Thomas who stated that Mr. Anurag is a person who is passionate about his institution and he is someone who has given the best of his abilities to this college as a student and as alumni.

Mr. Anurag shared his experience as a student and as an employee in the industry. “I was always interested in print media as I believed that the pen is powerful and writing was my forte as well as communication but later realized that advertisements as a perfect match,” said Mr. Anurag. As he went on speaking about his steps into the media industry, he also took a minute and briefed us about his experiences during his internship. He also provided a new perspective on the advertising industry and the prospects of digital media advertising. “Goals are something that everyone should have and work upon but also have a plan B,” he added. He continued to give us a glimpse of his personal experience about criticism as it is something that is bound to get when you step into any industry or in any walk of life. Criticism should be taken in a positive manner and make it constructive as it gives you an edge to grow and become even better than before.

A few years from now, the online communication will be at peak and therefore a clear introduction is the same is crucial for media students. Mr. Anurag Thompson, alumni of the batch of 2016-18, who presently works for Yahoo as Ad operations specialist addressed the postgraduate students on 21 December 2018. He broke down the cloud of questions around online marketing and communication for the students of Mass communication and journalism.

“This is a field that requires you to be shameless. Shed your ego to learn and work better” says Anurag while answering to some of the queries of the students. He adds that one needs to be open to the jobs offered in the online sectors and also gives his inputs for job hunting and tackling interviews.

The online job sector often creates some level of confusion, be it with relation to searching for jobs, job stability or even division of work. Having the chance to talk with someone who easily relates to that enhances the value of the session. Not only where there some interesting revelations but also students understood the functioning of the online markets through the interaction.

While reminiscing his old days in the college, he shared his story of getting his job and repeatedly emphasized, “when it comes to looking for job opportunities always be ready with a plan B.”

Alumni Talk Series: Getting Candid with Print Media Professional
“It’s really overwhelming to come back to my college, where I learned so much through my teachers, their advice and am finally able to use it now, when I work”, says Mr. Ajith M.S, an alumni of the batch 2016-18 of Mass Communication and Journalism during the alumni talk series organized on 11/ 09/18.

The students of the department of mass communication and journalism, of the batches 2017-19 and 2018-2020, had the opportunity to interact with him at an inclusive level.

The students were really happy and privileged to interact with the correspondent of the new Indian Express, Mysore and gain valuable insights from him, associated with the work he does to the principles he follows in life.

“I work in the print media, and to be very honest, it pays you decently well”, he opined. Mr. Ajith also mentioned the main qualities of being a journalist including that of never being shy, building huge networking and of always being critical.

He enlightened the gathering of being social in media platforms, especially that on twitter to keep oneself updated and in connection with the high profile.

Asking him of how credible is the news he gathers through WhatsApp sources, he replies, “For that always gather news from different WhatsApp sources. Only one version will not do. Lots of information will give you loads of angles and ideas to the story.”

Speaking from topics of what he learned in college to what he is applying in the work field, the session ended in clicking pictures with our senior who is now the correspondent of the New Indian Express, Mysore.

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