Workshop on ‘Mapping, Visual Storytelling, Trust, Verification, Digital Safety and Security for Journalists’
Number of beneficiaries- 40
The department of Journalism and Mass communication in association with Google News Lab organized a workshop on the topic ‘Mapping, Visual Storytelling, Trust, Verification, Digital Safety and Security for Journalists’ on September 27, 2019 for the MA JMC students. This workshop aimed at providing hands on training on the techniques of visual storytelling, verification of images and audio-video files and data safety and security. Ms. Geetika Rustagi, Teaching Fellow at Google News Lab was the resource person for the workshop.
The workshop started off with an inclusive game of finding the fake news from the real ones. Faculty and students were put to test. The game not only helped energize the students but also helped one understand the need to filter authentic content from the rest.
Various methods to filter out authentic content were taught. From images to videos, the students learned various fact checking platforms on the web and how to use them to their benefit. The workshop was primarily focused on teaching the students to perform fact checks by themselves.
Broader topics like verification and digital safety were dealt with extensively. Not only did the students learn methods to secure their online activity but also learned why it is so important.
Each topic was dealt with in a way that its relevance was communicated properly so the students knew exactly how and where to apply the acquired knowledge. The faculty too actively involved in the workshop, learning with the students.
“The workshop was very insightful and as a journalism student, this increased our capacity to fact check, verify content and bridge the gap between what would be expected in a newsroom and what we learn in a classroom”, says Nisha Jain, a student from III semester MA MJC.
Workshop on ‘Fundamentals in Researching with Precision, Investigative, Data Journalism and Data Visualization’
Number of beneficiaries- 40
The department of Journalism and Mass communication in association with Google News Lab organized a workshop on the topic ‘Fundamentals of Researching with Precision, Investigative and Data Journalism’ on September 26, 2019 for the MA JMC students. This workshop aimed at providing training to the young journalists in the areas of emerging technologies for reporting and storytelling. Ms. Geetika Rustagi, Teaching Fellow at Google News Lab was the resource person for the workshop.
During her session Ms. Geetika focused on detailing and providing a hands on experience on Google’s tools to help in news gathering, discovering new trends in search, finding useful datasets, and getting a better understanding of how Google Search works. She also explained and provided a practical understanding of how to analyze, interpret and visualize data using Google Spreadsheet and Flourish.
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 ‘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.
WORKSHOP ON ‘REPORTING SKILLS’
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kristu Jayanti College organized a workshop on reporting skills for the students of Journalism on Friday, 27 July 2018. Mr. Pradeep Nair, News Editor, The Hindu, Bengaluru was the resource person.
Mr. Nair began his session by listing out the different types of writing, namely newspaper writing, magazine writing, press releases and advertisement copyrighter among others. He focused his attention specifically on writing for newspapers and magazines. He classified newspaper articles into two kinds – news articles and feature articles.
Workshop on Data Journalism
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru organized a niche workshop on ‘Data Journalism’ exclusively for the students of second-year MJC on 17 July 2018. Shri. Harikrishnan B, Assistant Professor (Department of Journalism and Creative writing) from Central University of Himachal Pradesh was the resource person.
The workshop was divided into two sessions where the first session dealt with surfacing through basic knowledge about the specialized subject through interactions and visual learning methods followed by a deeper insight of the subject in the later session.
“Journalists are professional storytellers using visually,” said Shri Harikrishnan B in context of emphasizing the importance of data journalism. In addition, the students were made familiar with the history of data journalism and how has it evolved over the years along with some concrete knowledge about the main pillars of Data Journalism. Each individual was asked to experiment with the customized online data journalism websites in order to gain hands-on experience. Screening each student at an individual level made the hardest and newest things to be understood in detail.
The workshop not only strived to provide the students with a basic understanding of the subject but also focused on practical exposure and the awareness of the skill set needed to excel in the field. The fruitful completion of the workshop left the students as well as the teachers with a great sense of satisfaction.
Workshop on ‘Writing for Newspapers - Professional Perspectives'
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organised a workshop on ‘Writing for Newspapers - Professional Perspectives' , on July 26, 2017 for MA Journalism and Mass Communication students. Shri. B Pradeep Nair, News Editor, ‘The Hindu’ talked about the writing skills required for a newspaper, challenges faced by reporters, structure of writing news and different types and steps required for newspaper articles. He also emphasized on the importance and interest to be brought into news by the reporters. And that the reporters have to be ethical regardless of the situations they face. It was an interactive session, as the speaker touched in detail on the reality aspects of journalists in the present times.
Workshop on ‘Television Programme Production’
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized a workshop on ‘television programmes production’ for MA Journalism students on July 24, 2017. The workshop was conducted by Dr T. Sripathy, Professor Department of Electronic Media in Bangalore University. He discussed and gave practical orientation on the topics like preparing television interviews and television programme production. “When you write something you should consider your mother to be your first audience,” said Dr Sripathy. He enriched the students with his vast experiences from his career.