The SYBA students of Fashion Communication & Journalism enjoyed an interactive session with Shweta Sequeira, owner of Red Carpet – the Heritage Boutique. The fashion designer and entrepreneur, who completed her masters in fashion and apparel design from the Army Institute of Fashion and Design in Bengaluru, shared anecdotes of her journey to success with the students.
Working towards empowering weavers and promoting khadi, Shweta’s first boutique comprises entirely of garments made from khadi. She purchases and provides the thread to weaves in a small village in Bihar, who then send her the fabric once it is ready. Shweta then cuts the garments and hands them over to her team of tailors to create the final garment, which is sold in her flagship boutique in Anjuna. Catering to tourists and locals alike, Shweta has worked her way to success and now has two other boutiques. While one is exclusively for leather products, the other is a bridal boutique. Having graduated in Mass Communication herself, Shweta also provided tips on how to write features.
The FYBA students of Mass Communication and Journalism recently attended Google News Initiative, PollCheck: Covering India’s Election, a training workshop to support journalists covering India’s election, Held in partnership with DataLeads and Internews, the sessions were held in Goa on March 23, 2019. Conducted by independent journalists trained by Google, the workshop was at weeding out fake news with an eye on the elections. The workshop included sessions on online verification and fact-checking, journalist digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualization for elections.
The students benefited greatly from sessions held by independent journalists Nupur Sonar and Jisha Krishnan. The session on how to spot fake photographs and videos was especially insightful.
The workshop was part of a series of training events undertaken by Google just before India goes to polls later this month.
The students of TYBA Journalism had a knowledge filled session at the Navhind Bhavan, Panjim Goa on March 29, 2019 accompanied by the faculty members Dinesh Nirawdekar, Nitin Volvoikar and Rohan Da’ Costa. The field visit was headed by Ms. Danushka Da Gama, feature editor who walked the students around the Navhind Times office and provided students with appropriate information regarding the functioning and technicalities of Navhind Times newspaper.
The students were introduced to various departments that are required in a news organization. They got the first hand knowledge from the reporters themselves about their experience, their job profile as well as their requirements of the industry. As each beat has a separate department so the working experience, time and knowledge grasped from each one has something new to say. The entire process lined up before the printing that is the use of the software to put the newspapers layout together was also explained with details to the students.
While Ms. Alisha from the Magazine team spoke about the editing of the Kuriosity (supplement) Venita Gomes spoke about the process of covering events and interviews for the magazine. Augusto Rodriguez, the sports editor cleared up doubts raised by the students related to different sports coverage. The crime reporter spoke on how his job of reporting crimes can be a task sometimes.
Navhind times General Manger, with an experience of 32 years in this field, amiably shared all the understanding he had gathered about the news sector over these years. He spoke on issue faced by the Marathi newspaper while how the English newspaper has a circulation which is anytime more than the former. He made sure to not let any doubt of the students go back with them.
— Tyra Colaco and Pallavi Shingarajula,
At an interactive session conducted on 23rd March 2019 by the department of journalism, Euan Rocha, Mumbai Bureau of Reuters spoke about the work culture of Reuters, and further explained in detail about the differences in reportage of a news agency and newspapers. Euan has been working in Reuters for the past 18 years in the Canadian, American and Indian Reuters branches.
During the session, he explained the revenue model of Reuters and stated that it has two pools of revenue; one from focused business news (corporate, trade, business news) which is typically one of the best areas of journalism, and secondly from conflict news (Indo-Pak conflict, Middle East conflict, etc.). They supply news to newspapers, TV channels, web portals and online media from remote locations or they supply stories which other organizations are unable to get proper access to. Reuters has a news gathering portion – Text (covering news and events and feeding it to the media and financial clients), TV (live streams events to news organizations) and pictures which tell a story by themselves, he added.
He then discussed about expectations from the news agencies or Reuters in particular. He opined that the previous clear segregation between print, photo, and video journalists is now slowly diminishing, and in order to do well in the industry, a journalist needs to be all-rounder in all the three aspects of news gathering i.e print, video and picture. A piece of advice he imparted to the students was that top news agencies are looking for people who can adapt to situations and can work using all the mediums. He stated that the work culture in the Indian, Canadian and American Reuters offices are very similar as the work ethic is consistent in the company, and the only difference is that the news flow changes according to the area.
The programme was coordinated by Nitin Volvoikar, Assistant Professor and was attended by 20 SYBA and TYBA journalism students.
– Janice Ferro,
The SYBA class of Mass Communication and Journalism were the first runners-up at Mastermind 2019, an event organized by the department of M.A. Psychology, held on March 7, 2019.
There were 5 teams participating in the event from across the college. Tabitha Nunes, the faculty-in-charge of the SYBA contingent, was a constant source of encouragement to the participants, namely, Amogh Golatkar, Kanifnath Tari, Rebecca Valles, Rocky Vaz, Sheena Pereira, and Stessy Pinto.
All the events had themes and elements related to psychology so as to help students delve deeper into the subject and have fun too. The class was proudly placed first for Psyquest (Treasure Hunt) and Psyrang (Rangoli) while securing second place in PsyAd (MadAd) and Jibber-Jabber(Rap).
Nick Novak, a Spokesperson for the United States Consulate General in Mumbai held an interactive session with the First Year students of Journalism and Mass Communication on the topic — Scope of Journalism and Information in U.S. media, on March 12, 2019.
Nick spoke about the various aspects of being a journalist and the difficulties faced by them. He also spoke about Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Right to Information Act (RTI) in our country and encouraged the students to learn more about the problems occurring through these channels provided by the government. The session was followed by Q and A session with the students.
Novak is responsible for the entire range of the consulate’s engagement with print, broadcast, and online media. Nick is also the consulate’s representative for its engagement on broader policy issues relating to the media, including press freedom, capacity building, and support for journalism standards. He spent ten years as a radio journalist in the United States.
The new and improved studio of the Departments of Journalism and Mass Communication was inaugurated at the hands of Officiating Principal Fr. Jeronimo D’Silva and Administrator Fr. Zeferino D’Souza along with the Head of Departments Dinesh Nirawdekar and Claudia D’Souza, on March 6, 2019.
The Departments of Mass Communication and Journalism were established in 2004 and 2006 respectively while the studio was inaugurated for the first time in 2009 under the guidance of Vailarose Fernandes.
The studio is used in producing creative works in the field of film-making, indoor photography, audio and radio production, TV Journalism and production.