Journalism in Goa, India – B.A. in Journalism

Admission open for Journalism

Admissions for BA Mass Communication (Honors) and BA Journalism (Honors) commenced. You are requested to visit.http://onlineadm.xavierscollege-goa.com/registeruser0.aspx

For further details contact:
Mr. Dinesh Nirawdekar 8669076725 (Journalism)
Mrs. Claudia D’souza 9823534969 (Mass Communication)

B.A. Journalism admission to commence soon

Online Applications for B.A. in Journalism for the Academic year 2020-21 at St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa-Goa will begin after 15th July, 2020.

The prospectus can be downloaded from the following link:

St. Xaviers College Goa prospectus 2020-21 for under graduate programmes 

The documents required at the time of admission are as follows:

  • Mark sheet of 12 standard: (Original + 2 self-attested copies)
  • Leaving certificate of Higher Secondary School ( Original )
  • Provisional eligibility, Migration, passing certificate from other Boards outside Goa.

For more details contact: Mr. Dinesh Nirawdekar (HOD) +91 8669076725

Media Matters: A Web Talk Series — Part 2

 

In the sixth web talk, Ms. Aishwarya Iyer, Senior Correspondent for The Quint, Delhi presented a strong narrative on minorities and communally sensitive stories covered by the ‘The Quint’ before and even during the pandemic. She called it ‘Telling stories, no one is willing to tell’,  known for her fierce journalism and nonpartisan views Aishwarya shared her firsthand accounts of covering the Delhi riots as well as mob lynching cases, and how she has learnt to deal with these stories with empathy and an objective perspective. Being a women journalist she spoke of how important it is to be sensitive to the people you interview by putting them first to tell their stories, however she also added having a trustworthy network of ground sources is equally important.

Whereas in the seventh Web talk on 27th June, a veteran Journalist from Goa, Mr. Sandesh Parbhudesai spoke on “Changing Face of Goan Media in Regional Languages” with an interesting history on the origins of Print, TV and Cable industry in Goa. While interacting with the participants he discussed how the pandemic has changed the workflow as well as work force in Goa, highlighting the shutting down of newspaper like Gomantak Times as well as the layoffs and pay cuts happening in the industry. However he also highlighted that this economic recession and pandemic have affected all major industries and hence the need of the hour is to look at social media and digital platforms to bring news to the audiences. While speaking about regional languages he was affirmative that Konkani has a larger audience and that news content would grow in the coming years across platforms.

 

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In the Web talk held on 29th June, Mr. Vishal Nayak K, Assistant Professor of St. Aloysius College, Mangaluru presented his views on the topic “Digital Content Marketing and Customer Engagement – Indian Perspective” in a holistic and practical manner. He discussed the importance of digital marketing in integrated marketing approach and explained how it differs from traditional advertising. Giving the background of the ongoing pandemic, Vishal highlighted how brands look at customer engagement as an important part of sustaining their business as well. He also shared the key features necessary in working at good customer management.

And in the final Web talk held on 30th June, Mr. Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Senior correspondent of IANS, introduced the participants to the world of investigative journalism and discussed the skills & characteristics required while working undercover. He elucidated it with brief instances of his stories and how he worked in different circumstances. According to him inquisitiveness is the key – to keep asking questions makes you a journalist in the true sense. He also spoke about his recent venture of authoring a biography on the Late CM of Goa and Ex-Defense Minister, Shri. Manohar Parrikar “An Extraordinary Life A Biography of Manohar Parrikar”., while explaining the process he also highlighted why this was a special book with regards to Parrikar as a Goan Politician as well as his determination in getting Goa on the national map.

 

 

Feedback from Participants

Shayal Devi , student of Journalism, remarked that Media Matters was an innovative and enjoyable way of looking at issues and functioning of the Media industry during the Coronavirus pandemic. She added, the web talk was an eye opener as industry specialists spoke about the challenges they faced and the way forward. This will be indeed helpful for budding journalists and communication students who are preparing for a career in the field.

Panicker Aditya Raj from St. Aloysius College- Mangalore said “It was a great session! Even though I was from science background I enjoyed this interactive session and i got to learn something out of the box”.

Manasi Talaulikar , student from Chowgule College added that “the talks were very informative and as it was interactive made it even better as we could get all our queries resolved and get additional information regarding the topic.”

P Vaishali from the University of Madras said “the interaction with the participants was good  in Media Matters which is actually missing in most of the web talks.”

Selva Bharathy N from Guru Nanak College, Tamil Nadu appreciated Media Matters as “There was so much information that I have collected from the web talk series, I have enjoyed  participating in the web talk series ”.

Asher Fernandes, a Mass Communication student from Goa said “ the Sessions were informative and meaningful and introduced them to a superb line up of Speakers from the media industry who were well versed with their subjects as well as exhibited commendable communication skills.”

Media Matters ’20: A Web Talk Series — Part 1

A series of web Talks focusing on the issues, challenges and opportunities in the world of Media was organized by the Department of Journalism and Department of Mass Communication of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa from  11th June to  30th June 2020. The maiden Web talk edition of Media matters 2020 on Media and Communication received an over whelming response from over 230 participants consisting of students, academicians and members of media fraternity from across the country especially from Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala.

To tide over the difficulties faced in interacting and ideating during the Lockdown, the first Web talk was held on 11th June to discuss the future of PR as an industry. The resource person Ms. Yashodhara Roy, Account Manager of Edelman India who has worked with major brands like Ponds, Rolex and Amazon Audible spoke on the topic of Brand Communication and how it works in the field of PR. She stressed on the need of storytelling as a basic tenet in the client-servicing process. She went on to illustrate these with the help of vivid case studies of clients she had handled and how it helped her grow in confidence and management skills.

In the second Web talk held on 16th June Mr. Sachin Chatte, Film critic discussed ‘Cinema Aaj aur Kal’ He spoke about Indian Cinema and how OTT (Over the Top) platforms have changed the manner in which the industry functions. In an extremely interactive session Chatte highlighted the different formats which are now becoming popular on the digital platform and how traditional distribution systems in Cinema have to rework their business models amidst the pandemic.

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Whereas in the third web talk held on 18th June  on the topic Digital Media vs. Print Media – Can it co-exist?, Mr. Nikhil Pereira, Editor of ITP Media Group, Dubai shared his experience of how the styles of writing have changed and the difference between short form and long form of writing for the web. Upon being asked questions on what the future of journalism would be, Nikhil added that “both print and digital will co-exist”. There were queries about how the job industry has changed in the Middle East and he also spoke about how young students could begin their journey in this career.

On the 20th June, Media Matters hosted the fourth Web talk wherein Ms. DrishyaVenugopal, freelance PR executive from Chhattisgarh spoke on how Public relations works from the Internal and External publics as well as how stakeholders play an important role for any organisation. She highlighted that crisis management is also an important art of PR and how both soft skills as well strategy building helps during this time. Taking examples from MNCs like Uber, Zomato and Amazon she discussed their different approaches during the present pandemic.

The fifth Web talk of Media matters was held on the 24th of June with Mr. Aaron Pereira, Assistant Editor – Indian Express Delhi. He gave the participants an overview of how news content is generated and published for the news portals. He also spoke of importance of multimedia skills and why these play an important role in journalism today.

TY Journalism students visit Times of India

No study is complete without professional experience and insights into the field. Hence, to understand the subject of News Media Management from the experienced field workers, the Department of Journalism organized a field-visit for the third year Journalism students on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Students along with three faculty members, Dinesh Nirawdekar, Nitin Volvoikar and Rohan Da Costa got the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from the expertise of  Times of India (TOI) Goa Edition newspaper organization. The experts, Sachin Sakhalkar, Manager of the Advertising Department and Sujit Patole, Deputy Manager of the Research and Marketing Department (RMD)  welcomed the media students and professors.

Sujit Patole of the RMD, also known as the Circulation Department, explained his responsibilities in the news organization on a day-to-day basis. When asked about the circulation of the TOI newspaper, Patole said that it was around 27,000. The deadline for the editorial team is to submit at midnight, after which newspapers are printed and kept ready to deliver. Patole also spoke about how vehicles are assigned to different localities to deliver to the local vendors so that it’s further delivered to homes.

 

Praising their national presence, Sachin Sakhalkar of the Advertising Department boasted about TOI e-copy which can be accessed by anyone but the preference varies from age groups of people. He elaborated on how being in the printed media industry is a struggle everyday with the increasing amount of competition not with others but themselves. Sakhalkar pride fully touches upon the other newspapers, news and entertainment channels, mobile applications owned by the Times Group. To shed light on his expertise, he began by saying that TOI is the biggest and number one newspaper in the whole of India with 23 editions.

 

Sakhalkar gave examples of the different types of advertisements put up on TOI to catch the attention of the readers and please the clients. The students carefully examined the dummy book of the creative advertisements which was passed around during Sakhalkar’s discussion.

 

Patole believes that the biggest challenge TOI faces is, it doesn’t sacrifice on the content of the product due to which many advertisements are not taken. Adding to that Sakhalkar quoted, “We compromise with the revenue but we don’t compromise with the product and that’s one of our policies”.

 

The field trip to TOI was an enriching experience for the journalism students to understand the technicalities of the newspaper organization’s functioning other than just the editorial part of it.

Country at Crossroads

Ms. Jonquil Sudhir de Souza, Faculty

On January 29, a four-month-old child died, allegedly due to exposure to Delhi’s harsh winter. This tragic incident came into prominence because the child was with his mother at Shaheen Bagh when he took ill. Committed to protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register for Citizens, Nazia, the infant’s mother, said she would continue to fight even though her other two children, ages 1 and 5, are at risk.

The wife of an autorickshaw driver, the family barely survives on two meals a day. Nazia has since returned to Shaheen Bagh and emphasises that it is for “the future of my children”. She is not alone. Hundreds of women have braved the elements and the authorities to continue their peaceful protest. They assembled here on December 15, 2019, to protest against the Delhi Police’s clashes with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University and they haven’t moved since.

Protests continue to be held across the country and even the world. The City Council of Seattle passed a motion to not support CAA! What about this legislation has made the world sit up and notice that perhaps all is not right with the ruling dispensation? The fact that there is a religion clause while determining citizenship. The mobilisation of right-thinking citizens and the awakening of students points at a vibrant democracy. But as the protests enter their third month, there appears to be a larger, growing malaise in the country – that of polarisation. Those who protest against policies by the powers that be are being painted as anti-nationalist, “urban naxals”, “tukdetukde gang”. Furthermore, the ruling party ran an ugly and toxic election campaign in Delhi, creating further rifts among citizens. Protesters were fired at thrice, with Union Minister Anurag Thakur even inciting people to “shoot traitors”. In the commercial capital, a cab driver took a passenger to the police station merely because he was in Mumbai to attend a protest rally!

One does not know if the BJP will continue on its path of divisiveness, but the Delhi experiment failed, with AAP consolidating its foothold in the region. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the drawing board with the CAA.

The Kings School emerge Mediascope Champions

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The Kings School emerged as the champions at Mediascope 6.0 – a inter higher secondary school event organized by the Departments of Mass Communication and Journalism of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa, at St. Xavier’s College, on December 16, 2019.

Sharda Mandir grabbed the second spot narrowly missing the glory based on a stud event while Shantadurga HSS settled for the third spot. The sixth edition of Mediascope saw a total 10 schools battling it out in various on-stage and off-stage events spread across the day for the glorious rolling trophy.

The welcome address by the Adminstrator of the college, Fr. Zeferino D’souza, urged the students to be truthful in their journalistic writings. The Principal, Dr. Blanche Mascarenhas shared her views on Mediascope as she welcomed the chief guest Devika Sequira and the other schools and encouraged the students to go a mile further in the field of media.

The Chief Guest, Devika Sequira, an independent journalist and a regular contributor to The Wire, The Times of India and Herald, took the audience on a nostalgic trip as she discussed about how mobile and internet were a distant dream when it came to being a journalist back in her days.

“I expect the young journalist to be truthful and bold and don’t fear asking questions to people in power, read good books as they will help you to write better,” she advised the young audience.

Mad Ad, Rangoli Fusion, Quiz, Photography, Amazing race, Dance, Wordsmith and Insta Hi!.

At the valedictory function the Mass Communication and Journalism students entertained the audience with their melodious voices, with an array of mash-up dances.

The hosts for the event were Anushka Sharma, Asher Fernandes, Krysla menezes, Rebecca Valles and Galita. The course co-ordinators Rohan D’Costa and Jonquil Sudhir, organized the event with sheer brilliance.

The various colleges that participated were: The Kings Shool, Shantadurga HSS, DM’s HSS, Sharda Mandir HSS, Green Rosary HSS, St. Xavier’s HSS, RMS HSS, Loyola’s HSS,

 

Media Study tour in the National Capital- New Delhi

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The Departments of Journalism and  Mass Communication scaled up North India, to the national capital, New Delhi as part of the annual media study tour organized for the final year students. As healthy interaction with professionals from the field enables students get better insights and understanding, and help go beyond the classroom experience to learn more.

The week long tour from November 17th to 23rd, 2019 enabled the final year students to open up to them a cornucopia of ideas and opportunities for one to pursue in the near future. On the first day, a visit to the Parliament of India aided the students to understand better the legislative structure of the country, and also how elected representatives’ carry out business, claiming to represent the public’s concerns.

The following day, a very interactive session was held with The Quint-News portal, where team led by Jaskirat Singh Bawa, senior editor explained students about the functioning of their digital news portal, and how they use this digital tool to get past to their audience.

Aishwarya S. Iyer, a reporter at The Quint also shared her journey in the field of journalism, and directed students to be alert when looking out for story ideas. ‘WebQoof’ – The Quint’s fake news and fact checking initiative was also highlighted, and how Google reverse image search verification can enable us to debug fake news. Something creative that caught the student’s eye was The Quint’s Lab, which is a micro-site that hosts special projects on different occasions, was also addressed.

Visit to Republic TV had a different atmosphere, where digital studio set-up and high-end production control rooms opened up a profusion of chances for students wanting to pursue future lines in production. During the visit students also witnessed how the news channel broadcast live news and produce a panel discussion.

On the final day of the media tour, students visited the A.J. Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre at the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. Here, studio lighting, editing techniques, set-up and productions, along with the community radio station at the University were explained.

This was followed by a visit to the NDTV Studio, which presented to the students how professional national news channels function. A visit to the production control room, along with the NDTV desk was a part of the visit.

The Delhi-NCR region is rich with Indian history, and holds significant value to the way our country has shaped forward. The students visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum and the Indira Gandhi Memorial, which had on display different pieces of history associated with the Nehru and the Gandhi families. Besides this, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, and India Gate were also some locations covered during the tour.

 

Ronnan Da Cunha, TYBA

Mediascope is back