National Seminar- New Media: Issues & Impact on Society

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa, Goa,  organized a National Seminar on “New Media: Issues and Impact on Society” on 7th and 8th February, 2017.

Ms. Sevanti Ninan a columnist for The Hindu, the Hindustan and founder-editor of The Hoot.org, a South Asian media watch website was the keynote speaker & Chief Guest for Seminar. The two day seminar had 14 paper presentations of academicians from Chennai, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai and Goa. The seminar also had technical session on New Media activism by Video Volunteers and Online Content Management by Mr. Aaron Pereira, Senior Copy-editor, The Indian Express, New Delhi.

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Decennial year Celebration of Department of Journalism

 

On the occasion of Decennial year celebration of The Department of Journalism, St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa-Goa, the department organized a national level symposium “Issues & Challenges in Media Today” on 14th December, 2016 at the college seminar Hall.  The Chief guest and Key note speaker at the symposium was Mr. Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, New Indian Express. Ms. Alka Dhupkar, Assistant Editor, Mumbai Mirror, Mr. Sahil Joshi, Senior Editor, TV Today Network, Mr. Raju Nayak, Editor of Dainik Lokmat, Mr. Pramod Acharya , Editor of Prudent Media, Mr. Derek Almeida,  Editor of The Goan on Everyday, and Mr. Shashwat Gupta Ray, Editor of The Gomantak Times were among the speakers at the symposium.

On the occasion of Decennial year celebration, the department also felicitated the media organization for their valuable support for providing internship for students and organizing field visits. Visiting faculty Mr. Rozario Esteibeiro, PhotoJournalist, Ms, Vaishali Laal, and Ms. Vailarose Fernandes was also felicitated on the occasion.

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Media Tour to Hyderabad- The Re-Visit

Keeping practical education at its fore, the departments of Journalism and Mass Communication continued the practice of having a media tour for a  new batch of enthusiastic third-year students, to the city of pearls- Hyderabad. The tour commenced on the 7th of November and concluded on the 11th of November, giving the group the days to explore innovative media industry in the city.

The students visited a renowned TV channel ‘MAA TV’, which was an interactive and educative visit and gave the students a glimpse into the functioning of a news channel. The students were introduced to the PCR and given a brief about its functioning. A similar exercise was conducted in the graphics room, central apparatus room (car) room, editing room, and smoke room. The students were also introduced to the digital library, which functions as the archives of the channel.

Students also got a chance to explore the largest film city in the world- Ramoji Film City which was built over the span of three years. It sits on a 1,460 acre plot of land and has everything from an airport, railway station, hospital, north and south Indian villages, urban sets, European style sets and much more.  Along with visiting various sets, the students indulged in various activities in the theme park, which made the visit an educative and entertaining one.

Creativity was witnessed at its best at Nutshell Advertising Company, where the students were introduced to the world of advertising. Various creative campaigns the company has worked on, along with the knowledge of softwares used by the company for illustration of the campaigns was introduced to the students.

Pragathi Printing Press was another interesting place to visit, which has won several awards of excellence for the work they do. The students got a glimpse of their work through a catalogue which revealed   best works of the printing press. The various departments and the mechanics that go into the whole process were shown and the guide gave practical examples of printing concepts for easy comprehension.

Along with visiting the various media outlets, the students also visited the 16th century architectural structure ‘Charminar’ and indulged in a sumptuous biryani, which is a dish synonymous to the city. The media tour was a memorable and educative experience, with the students taking home tips and tricks of the industry and also making sweet memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laws, Acts, Codes and more…

By Tinishya De Souza

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Understanding that knowledge of judicial matters is a ‘must’ for a journalist, the Department of Journalism organized an interactive session for the students with Swati Deshpande, a senior journalist and currently an assistant editor at the Times of India, Mumbai.

Swati, who is passionate about law, has been covering courts for over a decade. She works towards enlightening people about their statutory, legal and fundamental rights.

Swati began the session by highlighting the very basic fact that every journalist requires to have knowledge about what they are writing and their primary goal should be to write accurately. She also said that online journalism is going to be the ‘way of journalism’ in the near future. She went on to explain the difference between public order and law and order as well as the difference in criminal contempt and civil contempt.

The topics she briefly covered were the Indian Penal Code, sedition, the IT act, defamation, contempt of court and the Parliament. She defined each of these topics to the students and shared examples from her experience in her career. Swati concluded by putting forth a few words of advice. She said that journalists should aim at writing accurate stories but must include some perspective while writing each story.

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ADMISSION OPEN 2016 – B.A. in Journalism at St. Xavier’s College

Applications are invited for the course B.A. in Journalism for the Academic year 2016-17 at St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa-Goa. The prospectus along with application form are available at the College office. Completed application forms should be submitted in the college office after obtaining Std. XII Marks card. The course will begin in the second week of June 2016.

Eligibility

Applicants must be Std. XII passed (in any discipline) from any recognized Board of Education.

Students seeking admission will be selected on merit, entrance test and personal interview conducted by the Department of Journalism on the day of admission. Students will be tested on creativity, interest in the varied fields of media like news reporting, feature writing, anchoring, photography, Video editing etc.

Click here to download a sample of the entrance test question paper.

*Note: Format of the question paper may change every year. However, the questions will still be related to the field of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The documents required at the time of admission are:

  1. Mark sheet of 12 standard: (Original + 2 attested copies)
  2. Leaving certificate of Higher Secondary School (Original + 1 attested copy)
  3. Three recent passport size photograph
  4. Provisional eligibility, Migration, passing certificate from other Boards outside Goa.

Should you face any problem in obtaining the prospectus or application form, please
e-mail us at xaviers.journalism@gmail.com or nitinvolvoikar@gmail.com

Or call us at +91 9923153713.

You can also write to us at:

Nitin Volvoikar
Faculty
Department of Journalism
St. Xavier’s College of Arts, Science & Commerce,
Mapusa, Bardez, Goa
403 507

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Media Tour: Day 2

Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd
IMG_1817The second day at Hyderabad started with much more enthusiasm. Our first stop was at the most awarded print company in India, Pragati Offset Pvt Ltd. Established in 1962, Pragati (which means Progress) strongly believes that quality is the corner stone of all that they do. And that is exactly what we  experienced.

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                                                                                                                                                                                         Cutting-edge technology and efficient teamwork were the hallmark traits that were evidently visible during our visit. A walk through the printing press enlightened the students on the entire process of offset printing.

HCU
Followed by the visit at Hyderabad Central University, pumped in the much need academic approach the field of mass media. The sucess and their dedication to their Community Radio Bol Hyderabad 90.4 FM was a sign and a motivation to rekindle our every own Voice of Xaviers 90.4 FM. 

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Kala Jyothi
And final visit was at Kala Jyothi a multicolour offset printing company which is one of South India’s largest commercial printing companies which specialises in all forms of offset printing. Though established in 1949 Kala Jyothi believes in innovation and excellence.

 

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Our student Millusha Fernandes has a deeper way to share the experience gathered at the places we visited today. A must read!

After a heavy South Indian breakfast we hopped on to our bus and meandered through the busy streets of Hyderabad to the first destination on our schedule – Pragati Printing Press.

Founded back in the 1960s by Shri. Paruchuri Hanumantha Rao, Pragati has grown impressively over the years. The awards displayed in their lobby flaunts not only its success at being the best but also of being the only establishment to recycle all of discarded material. As an offset printing press they deal with printing of packages, posters, brochures and calendars.

For someone who’s only read about printing processes in text books I was awestruck looking at the kind of technology and machinery they used. An elaborate three stage printing process, heavy machinery and a skilled staff all contribute to Pragati’s end quality product (‘quality’ being their hallmark).

I was rather intimidated with the fact that I would have to interview the Managing Director of Pragati – Mr. Narendra Paruchuri, but he was more jovial than I’d expected (a better synonym for ‘jovial’?). We appreciated the time he took off from his busy schedule to speak to us even though we weren’t exactly from the print production background.

The witty man, he had a lot of humorous anecdotes to share with us. His mantra is simple – impress no one but yourself, compete with no one but the person you were yesterday, and most importantly be honest with yourself (his exact words were “don’t Bullshit yourself); the rest will all fall to place.

We left the building with something to really think about, AND a beautiful 3D book called “My India” – A gift to the department by Mr. Narendra.

After a quick meal we hit the road once again and made our way across town to – KALA JYOTI that has been in the printing business for over 60 years. They initially began with Newspapers although of late, due to the industry demands, they’ve switched to printing magazines and packaging.

A slightly larger establishment, Kala JYOTI handles printing for some of the best and popular tabloids in the market like Forbes, Outlook, Better Photography, and Fortune, to name a few. Once again we were taken behind the scenes to witness how simple metallic encrypted sheets were processed to print 42000 sheets per hour all bound and packed to become the tabloids we see on the newsstands.

It’s true what they say –  studying it out of a textbook and witnessing it all in action are two entirely different ways of learning , and the department manages to give us both (even if it means taking us to another state so we can see it on a larger scale.)

Another tiring day no doubt, but I’m excited for tomorrow.

 

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Media Tour @ Hyderabad flags off

Day 1 – After a month long of hard work and late night studies, the students of Journalism and Mass Communication where rewarded with the most awaited media tour to Hyderabad. And here is what Sydelle and Ankitha have to say on their first day of media tour.

Visit to Nutshell Advertising Agency

So they call it the Nutfolio – A record of the work they do. Quirky and cool these bunch of people at Nutshell (an ad agency based in Hyderabad) are. The agency, headed by the young couple Shalini and Siddharth deals with print advertising, in-store graphics, branding, website designing and yeah the regular stuff that every ad agency or most do. But there’s this different blend of a formula that this team of piquant enthusiasts use to get their ideas out there into the populace. They believe in minimalism and flat design while creating any persuasive matter of sorts. Most of their work makes a minimalistic yet prolific use of colours that I personally thought was brilliant because of its perfect execution.

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Our visit to the agency shot of with Vijay (graphic designer) explaining to us the process of branding and advertising, followed by a brief, why and wherefore by Shalini and Siddharth. A walk through the office and an introduction of the workforce gave us an idea of where the utterly creative ideas came from.

This brief visit in my opinion gave us glimpse into the real world of advertising and what it takes to run a start up like Nutshell.

No education can teach you to be creative. None at all in fact! It can be the simplest of ideas, through extensive research and a current affair updated mind that can lead to a mind-boggling break through, that the ‘nuts’ at Nutshell call ‘Get cracking, Get people talking.’ Education can teach you about what is being done till date in this field and about the technicalities that we need to know about. But it is up to you to keep in mind what you’ve learnt as well as get out-of-the-box and original. As Siddarth says, ‘Learn to unlearn!’

Visit to Maa TV and Annapurna Studios.

Well, well, well! Getting up early morning at 5:00 has been a real pain since the past one month due to exams. But today was something different. Our train to the City of Nawabs managed to keep us awake last night, but that wasn’t enough to kill our excitement and joy. Probably it wasn’t the new place or new people that fascinated me but the fact that after two and a half years of togetherness we were finally out in a city to explore the fun side to education. WOAH!!!

We all come with certain stereotypes and beliefs that refuse to change at all times. I was stuck with one too, ‘REGIONAL channels are not great.’

But this definitely changed with the visit to Maa TV. I must say that my dream of getting into TV production has only become clearer with this visit.

Mr. Victor, the Asst. General manager for programming at Maa TV was very enthusiastic in telling us more about the field. Their budgets, formats, equipment’s and above all their knowledge and experience were the factors that got me more interested.

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I am not a great fan of what we refer to dhin –chak colours, but Annapurna Studios did get me thinking on that. Though it seemed bright and irrelevant to me at first, hardwork and creativity did say hi by the end of it.

By the end of the day I realised that what we spend just an hour on our television screens have months of work put together. So thanks to Mr. Victor, his team and definitely our faculty members for this experience. CHEERS to the rest of the days to come.

This is just the beginning. A whole new set of experiences await our students tomorrow. 

 

 

 

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