Guest lecture on Photojournalism
The Department of Media Studies organised a virtual guest lecture session on Photojournalism for MA Journalism and Mass Communication, BA Visual Communication and Second year BA Journalism students on 15th December 2020 from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p. m. The resource person for the lecture was Shri. Pattabi Raman, Photojournalist in The New Indian Express, Pondicherry. Shri Pattabi Raman specialises on socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues. Mr. Pattabi Raman began the lecture with a presentation describing the various aspects of photography. He introduced the book titled ‘The Decisive Moment’ by famous photographer Henri Cartier Bresson as well as some of Bresson’s theories on Photography. He grabbed the attention of the audience by showing some of his works which he took as part of his documentary photography assignments. He explained the techniques that he uses in photographing his subjects and explained it through his photo essays like “Transgender Brides”, “Sri Lankan Tamils – 30 years of Civil War”, “In no man’s Land”, “Metro Morphosis” etc. He also gave insights on composing photographs, the importance of the rule of thirds, leading lines, diagonals, framing, patterns, repetition and symmetry etc. The session allowed students to explore the aspects of creating a photo essay and the aspects of telling a story using photographs. "As someone who doesn't know much about photography, this session was an eye-opener. I learnt how even the most general things could be captured amazingly and the way Shri. Pattabi Raman sir taught things with utmost patience and clarity made the lecture more interesting," says Sherly J Victor, a PG first year Media Studies student. Before ending the session, by giving reviews for photographs taken by students the resource person gave valuable and constructive inputs to the participants. Dr Juby Thomas, program coordinator (PG) and Prof. Abraham, program coordinator (UG) and other faculty members of the Department of Media studies were also present for the guest lecture session.
Guest Lecture on ‘Visualisation And Visual Storytelling’
The Department of Media Studies, Kristu Jayanti College organised a guest lecture on the topics ‘Visualisation and Visual Storytelling’, for I BA Visual Communication on 09th December 2020. The resource person for the event was Mr. Prijin Raj, Creative Head at Lemonmint Creative Ads, Kochi.
Mr. Prijin Raj described ideation as a process of generating creative ideas. Further, he defined visualisation as the process of giving visual form to information using images and text. Visualisation helps in effective brand-recall. The visualisation process primarily involves ideation, copy and design. Mr. Prijin Raj also shared his designs with the students and gave a brief insight into branding and rebranding as well. The workshop allowed the students to explore creative applicability and understand its functioning in the commercial world. The resource person’s informative talk was followed by an interactive session with the participants. Altogether the programme was insightful and thought-provoking.
Expert Lecture on Sports Journalism
“Sports Journalists are not created nor manufactured, they are born”, said Shri K Pradeep, senior sports journalist and Former Senior Deputy Editor of Metro Plus, The Hindu while addressing the students on the topic ‘Sports Journalism’. The expert lecture was organized by the Department of Media Studies on November 24, 2020. Addressing the students of MA Journalism and Mass Communication, Shri Pradeep led the students through his journey from a college lecturer to a celebrated Sports Journalist.
Sharing his experience, Shri Pradeep recalled how during his days, sports desks were shunned and considered as a toy department. He said this was because sporting was not part of our cultural ethos, and moreover, media houses focused on politics, business, and entertainment news as these sections invited more readers.
Shri Pradeep advised aspiring sports journalists to acquire the fundamental skills of reporting and interviewing no matter whatever beat they choose as specialization. He said, “when you become a sports journalist don’t just look for sports, but also, look for stories around it, and when you write, make it analytical and charming”. He also listed out, the do’s and don’ts while being in sports reporting and writing. He concluded the session by asserting that, “all one need is an undying passion for journalism. There may be downsides to this job but it will give you a front seat in life.”
“The session by Shri Pradeep was enlightening. He detailed us with clear explanations of the journalistic aspects involved in Sports Journalism”, said Ms. Aileen Sara Jacob, a second-year MA JMC student.
Expert Lecture on Data Journalism
The Department of Media Studies of Kristu Jayanti College organised an expert lecture on ‘Data Journalism’ on November 21, 2020. Ms. Annapurani Vaidyanathan, Data Journalist, The Hindu Business Line addressed the MA JMC students with detailed insights on Data Journalism and visualisation. While describing on the process of data visualization she said “as data journalists we must think, add context and humanise numbers to make effective data stories”
The expert lecture provided students with insights into the use of charts, tables and graphs in creating effective infographics. “This session made us understand the process and techniques involved in developing good data stories”, said Ms. Elizabeth Kessya, a second year MA JMC student.
Expert Lecture on ‘Popularity and Credibility in the News Business’
The Department of Media Studies (PG), Kristu Jayanti College, organized an expert lecture on ‘Popularity and Credibility in the News Business’ on the 21st of October, 2020. Dr Keval J Kumar, Adjunct Faculty, MICA and Former Director of Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune was invited as the resource person for the event.
In his address, Dr Kumar spoke about the unethical practices of Google and Facebook, their involvement in a scandal that leaked user data and that corruption within these big technology companies corrodes their credibility. He opined that monopolistic practices of such organizations disrupt the social and political compass. Dr Kumar went to add that the prevalent use of Artificial Intelligence further questions the validity of social media due to vague policies on privacy and its infringement. He drew attention to the dearth of research at these companies. In comparison, Dr Kumar stated that the trustworthiness of legacy media is still intact.
Further, Dr Kumar emphasized on independent journalism being the need of the hour and appealed for its support in the current scenario. As most mainstream media, in his opinion, had commercialized news, he stressed the necessity of consuming news from alternative sources. The younger generation, he said, is unable to distinguish between ‘influencers’ and ‘legitimate journalists’ due to their obsession with social media and internet celebrity culture.
Dr Kumar advised that for good journalists’ public interest is important, but not at the cost of journalistic integrity while also reminding the participants that media is the watchdog of the society. He added that responsible journalism should hold governing authorities accountable to people.
In addition to the students and faculty of Kristu Jayanti College, 20 researchers and scholars from other institutions attended the lecture. The session ended with a vote of thanks by Dr Juby Thomas, Professor, Department of Media Studies.
Guest Lecture session: Keya Acharya (Environmental Journalist)
A guest lecture was conducted for the Post Graduate students of Journalism and Mass Communication on September 23, 2019. Ms. Keya Acharya, President of Forum of Environmental Journalist in India (FEJI) led the session touching different aspects of Environmental Journalism.
The students were exposed to the basics of environmental reporting and writing where Ms. Acharya cited various examples of environmental issues to make the session interactive.
From writing, research, physical supervision of the surrounding, getting credible sources, referring to experts for a scientific point of view to understanding the facts and figures thoroughly are all part and parcel of environmental journalism according to Ms. Acharya.
Keya Acharya, the co – editor of The Green Pen (First book on environmental journalism in South Asia) also highlighted the current environmental issues and their prospects to make a potentially good story. Along with this, problems with this kind of reporting as well as solutions were alluded throughout.
Environmental journalism was seen to be a separate entity because of its vastness but Ms. Acharya asserted that it is a field that encompasses all fields thereby contributing to the former. A good environment story comprises of perspectives from all aspects rather than one or two.
Guest Lecture by Mr. Kshithij Urs on ‘Media as a Subaltern Voice’
The Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communication (PG) organized a guest lecture on the topic ‘Media as a Subaltern Voice’ by Mr. Kshithij Urs, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, National School of India University, Bengaluru.
Touching upon various concepts like the Post Truth Era, Post Information Era and importance of Political Enlightenment, he emphasized the role of media as an agency for the people. By bringing in examples of geo-political relevance, ever concept was dealt with a larger perspective. There was a need, he mentioned to move over content and consent that was manufactured, rather as budding media professionals to keep in mind those who would be consuming the content that we create.
The importance of media in mobilizing people and public opinion cannot be understated and, in a democracy, the onus lies on media to play the role of the fourth pillar instead of being a tool in the hands of those who hold the power. Transparency and accountability in public policy, prioritizing the legal awareness among the public, he said would ensure that people, often not in positions of power would know their rights and would be able to create an agency for themselves.
target group- MA JMC students
The total number of beneficiaries: 45
Guest Lecture “Portrait and Fashion photography
The Photography club in collaboration with the department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Kristu Jayanti College organised a guest lecture “Portrait and Fashion photography” for the UG students on August 19, 2019. Ms. Anjali Lakra, Consultant, Wipro and a freelance photographer discussed with the students the nuances of portrait photography. The guest lecture was organized to commemorate the World Photography Day.
Ms. Lakra, who is an alumnus of IIM Kozhikkode, specializes in portrait photography. Her talk was filled with rich experience from her college days and also as a professional photographer. During the session, the students were presented with an opportunity to know how to organize a photo shoot when one is a beginner. She talked on how to select or cast a model for the shoot, how to identify locations and how to have an emphatic theme. She continued with presented some her works and what had inspired them. Students actively involved in the session by asking multiple questions and getting clarification on their doubts regarding portrait photography.
Classes Attended & Number of beneficiaries: BA, BCA, B.Com, B.Sc. and BBA.
Total students attended: 68
Guest lecture on trends in film making
Mr. Mohan Krishnan, Head, Corporate Communication, Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai interacted with the Post Graduate Journalism students on August 9, 2019 on emerging trends in film making. The session was more technical but Mr. Krishnan broke the ice by giving the students a background on how he came this far in the field. From working in an ad agency to surviving in the corporate world, he had to undergo many stages of life to become the man he is today.
Mr. Krishnan started off the session by stating the most basic but often overlooked aspect of the film. He said, “In cinema, the main aim is producing a good story.” He then emphasized the different ways of storytelling, Hollywood movies being one of the global storytellers catering to the wants and needs of the general audience. However, he pointed out why the Indian Film Industry rarely is being watched all over the world due to its lack in the global aspect. Nonetheless, this aspect of our industry need not be a negative one always since India is a country rich in its culture and movies tend to showcase these cultures to the specific audience following the same. When it comes to global storytelling he also pointed out how movies like The Jungle Book completely revolving around the lives of Indian characters have received global appreciation because of the approach in their storytelling. This he said is the beauty of Hollywood.
After an understanding of the aforesaid aspect of film, he then gave us new insights on the post-production process or workflow in the film industry. The first and foremost is a whole lot of background research which is again the living principle for the journalist to survive in the field. He then talked about how important it is to have a data management team who can take care of all the technical aspects of shoots in the editing process. He also touched upon the editing and cut list of a movie in post-production process where he emphasized on how visuals are restored to its original quality. As the session became more technical Mr. Krishnan opened the room for an interactive session with the students where he was able to give new perspectives to the reality of the Indian film industry as well as the technicalities of the entire post-production process.
Mr. Krishnan after taking quiet a number of questions he continued with the other technical aspects of digital colour grading and its ability to enhance the mood and emotion of a particular visual or image. This was made more understandable when he showed the students raw images and Graded images.
The last and most probably the most important is the sound, recording and mixing where visuals are needed to be identified with the sound in order for both to create a deeper meaning. One of the most interesting facts Mr. Krishnan touched upon is the usage of Celluloid films still today in movies like Dunkirk, Star Wars because it has a larger capacity to hold details. Celluloid films mostly come in 35mm to 70mm range and are sometimes more beneficial than digital films. He also said that the benefit of having film roles is how they can be constantly reproduced in the future by simply referring to the original films. With these aspects, Mr. Krishnan ended the session by showing some clips on how surreal visuals are shot, edited and processed in this academy.
Guest Lecture on Development Journalism
The department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a guest lecture on development journalism for the final year postgraduate students on 27 July 2019. Students got to interact and listen to Shri. Ishwar Daitota, Senior Journalist and a man have known for this immense contribution in both print and television media in different roles.
Mr. Ishwar, who has a special liking towards teaching students, came fully prepared for his lecture, which started out from his discovery of the thrill behind being a journalist, went on to describe various experiences of his life and the true meaning of journalism.
He not only helped the students define concepts such as development and information but also helped associate meanings to them. From political reporting to environment issues, Mr. Ishwar did not hold back any information he deemed worthy of sharing. He was also particularly thrilled about interacting with the students and even took the time out to individually address each student.
The students had the opportunity to hear from an exceptionally experienced journalist who readily shared information through regular intervals of humor. “As a reporter, you must always Ask, Ask, Ask and then Verify,” he said. He stresses; how happy he feels because of his career choice. For the students, the interaction not only added more data to their knowledge but also encouraged them to explore the layers of journalism.
Guest lecture on “Advanced Reporting Writing”
The Department of Journalism of Kristu Jayanti College organised a seminar on “Advanced Reporting writing” for the PG students on 10 January 2019. Mr Pradeep Nair, News Editor at The Hindu was the resource person. He explained different types of news, style of writing, maintenance of credibility in writing to the students in detail in his session.
The session started by introducing different types of news stories and the style of writing in each to the students. He shared tips to find news stories and the importance of maintaining credibility by giving attribution to the sources in the stories. “Attribution is very important in journalism. It enhances credibility to your story” he said. Mr Nair e also spoke how correct attributions are a means to counter fake news. “Publishing the source can be avoided if the information is very much sensitive, but should be revealed to the Editor-in-chief of the news organization “he added.
Mr Nair spoke about the dissemination of unauthentic news stories in social media and the trend among people in relying on social media for news. “Spending your time in social media for news is waste and assure the reliability of the news content in the forward messages before taking into your mind,” he advised the students. He also emphasised on the importance of giving quotes in news stories. “Quotes gives life to news stories,” said Mr Nair
He introduced a new variety in journalism “Data journalism” as a career option for the students which gives them the opportunity to go deep into the story. He also encouraged young aspirants to make use of western publications for reading which helps them in bringing innovative style into their writing.
Guest Lecture on Magazine Journalism
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a guest lecture on Introduction to Magazine Journalism on 31 October 2018 and the resource person was Mr. T R. Gopalakrishnan, Former Editor, The Week magazine.
Shri TR Gopalakrishnan shared his experiences during his three decades of experience in the industry with I year MA JMC students. He said “Matter published in the Magazines should be endured for a minimum seven days. Before selecting a subject matter to write on one must check for the periodicity, geography, city oriented, the shelf life of a magazine. The new trend in journalism demands from a reporter three types of news writing, one for magazines, website and even for mobile platforms.” He also made a remark that the main focuses of news today are politics, environment, business, sports, and cinema. Hence it is essential for a journalist to get specialized in one area and be excellent in it.
He also highlighted the significance of the cover stories in a magazine. It is challenging to identify cover stories that contain news like topical, national, public importance, natural disasters, and public interest. He also emphasized the role of the internet as a primary means of consuming news.
Dr. A V. Gopakumar, Dean, Department of Journalism, Dr. Juby Thomas and Prof. Aby Augustine, faculty from the Department of Journalism also were present.
Guest lecture on ‘Advanced Digital Photography
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a guest lecture on ‘ Advanced Digital Photography’ on October 26, 2018. Mr. Sumesh Senan, Entrepreneur - Expert in Video Production & Professional Photographer, Clicksmiths, spoke on the technical nuances required for industrial photography. In his lecture, Mr. Senan highlighted the deeper understanding of lighting and spoke on the use of reflectors in photography. The session also provided an interactive platform for students of MA JMC to explore a deeper knowledge of photography.
“Journalists need to be the smartest kids”
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a guest lecture as part of the international lecture series on “The Weaponization and Victimization of the media” on February 12, 2018. Dr. Stefanie Pukallus, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, UK, was the speaker of the day.
The session dealt with various aspects of global media covering the recent trends like partisan reporting, fake news, hate speech, political agenda that turns down the ethical belief in journalism all over the world. The cornerstone of Dr. Stephanie’s lecture was letting know the students as how media acts as a weapon and victim at the same time.
The young future journalists were left with an unavoidable question quoted by her “Do you publish or don’t you?” the answer lies with you!
Guest Lecture on ‘News, News Maker, News Anchor- Modern Trends
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a Guest Lecture on ‘News, News Maker, News Anchor- Modern Trends on January 31, 2018. Dr. Biju Alappat, Former Reporter BBC, Former Reporter Vatican Radio and Former director for News Jeevan TV was the Speaker for the Day. He highlighted on the recent trends in the broadcast industry and changing role of the definition of news.
Guest Lecture - ‘Journalism as Profession and Trends in Communication’
The Post Graduate Students of Department of Journalism and Mass Communication attended a Guest Lecture on January 16, 2018 at Kristu Jayanti College. Prof. K.V Nagaraj, Former Vice-Chancellor of Assam Central University, Silchar was the resource person who addressed the students on the topic ‘Journalism as Profession and Trends in Communication’. Professor began the session by giving an overview of his career aspects as a Journalists and Teacher in the field of Indian Journalism. He emphasized that arrival of television has trivialized and changed the face of Journalism. From information age society, Journalism and individuals have moved to knowledge upwards that has resulted in Digital Divide in society.
Media Veteran Mr. John Thomas interacted with the Journalism students
Department of Journalism and Mass communication organized an interaction with Mr John Thomas, Former Editor Vijay Times, and Consultant Editor International Business Times on September 23, 2017 Monday for the first and second year post graduation students. He addressed the students on: Media bashing and Attacks on the credibility of journalists. Is there something we are missing?
The session began with the rural and urban divide in India through media’s perspective, and the importance of films in creating an impact for rural aspiration value, he also spoke about the lack of exposure of rural struggles in today’s Indian media and how different news channels cover news stories from diverse perspectives.
“Today most of the news stories are gathered by urban thoughts and it is the employed editors who decides on the news stories which has to appear in the front page of the newspapers and further added that major portions in a newspaper is filled with advertisements than news,” opined Mr. Thomas. He also highlighted the difference of a Journalist and an Activist, and also gave a brief idea on how Newspaper organisations were started in Bangalore
“The session was inspiring and informative as the students could interact and accumulate in depth knowledge on the topic,” said Nikhil P Sam a Second-year postgraduate student of Journalism and Mass Communication.
An interaction with the Indian film Director Kranti Kannade
The department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized an interaction with the Indian film Director Mr. Kranti Kanade on 18 September 2017 at 2:00 PM. “The cinema should not be about the majority viewers, it should consider the common man, it should reflect reality, and go beyond the commercial interest,” opined Mr. Kranti.
Kranti kanade is an Indian filmmaker whose films include CRD, Gandhi of the month, Mahek and Chaitra which got five national awards ‘the session was very interactive. The guest kept the crowd engaged. More than being monotonous he cracked jokes lighting up the mood,” said Divya KS, a first year Journalism student.
Guest Lecture on ‘An Introduction: Media Literacy and Media Evaluation’
The Department of English (PG) in collaboration with the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, organized a guest lecture on ‘An Introduction: Media Literacy and Media Evaluation’, Dr. Martin Lang, Associate Professor, Media Gender and Communication Studies at Minnesota, U.S.A addressed the students. Dr. Martin Lang enlightened the students on how the media functions and plays with the minds of the public, depending upon the stereotypical thinking and cultural upbringing through a power point presentation on, ‘A critical theory for representation in the media’. He also mentioned about how well we can be aware and spread awareness about the impact it has, by being critically detached as we all watch media.
An interaction with the Ramnath Goenka Award winner
The students of MA Mass Communication and Journalism, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore had the privilege for an interaction with Ms. Nileena Atholi, the Ramnath Goenka Award winner. Ms. Nileena is currently working as the Sub editor with Mathrubhumi. Her interaction was on various topics ranging from the challenges she faced while covering a series on the plight of transgender to working for the deprived in the society.
Ms. Nileena gave the students insights on how to approach people especially the neglected, the human consideration that one needs to hold as a media person, the profound research that becomes vital for publishing articles and many more.
Her composed and dignified demeanor added with courage surely sets an inspiration for the upcoming journalists and for the media persons. She urged the students to be more cautious on using certain terms that socially define a particular person, gender or a community.