Two- day National Media Conference on Gender Identity and Changing News Paradigms
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication organized the third edition of the national media conference on ‘Gender Identity and Changing News Paradigms’ on February 19 & 20, 2019. The event was inaugurated by Ms Ammu Joseph an independent journalist and author. While addressing the gathering she said, “In order to enjoy freedom of expression, rights and gender equality; include men, women and members of sexual minorities to participate in multiple roles at multiple levels in the media. Let them to express themselves through the media and to determine the nature and content of media.” She also siad that gender balance is an obvious pre requisite for any pluralistic media that reflects the diversity of any given population
Rev. Fr. Josekutty P D, Principal delivered the presidential address. He addressed the role of media in the representation of women in mass media and gender identity scenario in the world. He said: “We are aware that change in media landscape is constant. We live amidst latest changes in the history of media. The nature and magnitude of this change are so enormous that most media executives and media scholars fail to recognize it.” He added on to say that that technology and its current applications have evolved at lightning speed transforming the media landscape.
The conference further had elaborative and profound talks given by various speakers on topics like ‘Gender Sensitivity and Gender Balance in News Coverage by Ms. Ragamalika Karthikeyan, Deputy News Editor, The News Minute, ‘Changing Paradigms in Advertising’ by Ms. Meera Jyothis Prem, Senior Creative Director, McCann Erickson & Film Maker, Bangalore, ‘Changing News Paradigms’ by Shri T R Gopalakrishnan, Former Editor, The Week magazine, ‘Changing Paradigms in Community Radio by Dr Richard Rego SJ, Director, PG and Research, St Joseph’s College Autonomous, Bangalore, ‘Gender and film’ by Prof. N Manu Chakravarthy, film critic and scholar and ‘women journalist at work sphere’ by Ms Laxmi Murthy, contributing editor of Himal South Asian, additional coordinator of NWMI.
National conference on Contemporary Discourses: Media, Gender and Culture
Department of Journalism and Mass communication organized a one day national conference on Contemporary Discourses: Media, Gender and Culture was organized by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication on February 16, 2018. Miss Dhanya Rajendra, Managing Editor of The News Minute was the Chief Guest. She spoke about the changing role of women in media. “Although there is an increase in the number of women journalists, what we need are more women in decisive roles within media organizations. Journalists should be hired on the basis of the skill in gathering and reporting the truth rather than because of their gender”, said Miss Rajendra.Dr. Akkai Padmashali, Guest of Honour, leading Transgender Social Activist and Founder, Ondende opened up a broader outlook towards the field of Journalism and said, “Journalism is not just about the stories you cover, it is about the issues that you stand for and its overall impact. The time has come to speak the Journalism and Politics of love, acceptance and development”. The conference further had elaborative and profound talks given by the technical session speakers.
National Conference on Narratives in Media and Literature
Department of Journalism and English organized a national conference on ‘Narratives in Media and Literature on February 7, 2017. Mr. Sugata Srinivasaraju, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Sunohscapes Radio Foundation was the Chief Guest and the Dr. Etienne Rassendren, Associate Professor, St Joseph’s College, Bengaluru was the Guests of Honor; Ms. Andaleeb Wajid, Writer and Creative Facilitator, nut-cracker.in; Mr. Joshy Mathews, Communications Consultant and Trainer. The conference witnessed flocking of academicians and researchers with representation from 18 institutions, 43 participants from four states where 37 participants presented their papers in the conference on diverse topics related to media and literature. The conference was very useful as it was very interactive.