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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.


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. 




J.B. Bras shares his experience at Radio Indigo

The Department of Journalism undertakes various activities for the nurturing of its students. And each of these activities impact our students in various ways. Our recent visit to the Radio Indigo Station seems to have had an effect on our very own Angolan student J.B. Bras . He narrates his experience:

12Technology is a curse when it’s used for the wrong purpose but it’s a blessing otherwise.

Being a regular listener to the radio, I always wondered how the whole process of producing a radio program works; right from news, music programs and everything else that we hear on radio.

As part of our curriculum at the department of Journalism, St. Xavier’s College, we had a visit to Radio Indigo Station. Here is where most of my queries regarding the functioning of a radio station were answered. I had the chance to learn and witness closely how a Radio Station operates. That was awesome!!!

Most of us think the RJ or news presenter is the most important person in the radio station as they are more prominent. But we don’t realize that there are other professionals and departments, which are sustaining the pillars of the radio station. Professionals from Marketing, Public Relation, IT, Production also play a very important role in a radio station.

During the visit, we were taken to different departments, where we learnt practically the whole process of producing a radio program. Just to add more enthusiasm on my stay at the Radio Indigo Studio, I was given the opportunity to go on air and amazingly witness the creativity of RJ Ayesha Baretto. I also learnt the art of multi- tasking for a radio show.

I was never so fascinated about radio as I am now. After this experience, I feel I should just work for a while in a Radio Station.

Way to go Bras! The sky is a limit for you.

To dwell into the thoughts of Bras, follow his blog Beyond Motivation.

Voices – Meconnu

‘Voices’ is a magazine produced by the TYBA Journalism students of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa – Goa as part of their final year project. This edition of Voices titled ‘Meconnu…unsung melodies of Goa’, has been written, edited and designed by Ms. Louanne Dias, Ms. Venita Gomes and Ms. Myola Jones. The magazine dwells into stories of Goa and Goans that haven’t been heard of in the past.



Students Speak: Experiences at the Goa Arts & Literary Festival

The Goa Arts & Literary Festival bring several artists together to socialize within their interest areas. But for the students of Journalism and Mass Communication of St. Xavier’s College, the festival is one of the most intense learning and working experiences.

Our students provide photography and videography service for the entire festival and also conduct television interviews with the eminent personalities attending the festival.

Look what some of them have to say!

Shailesh Shriram Tanpure, FYBA Journalism

“I told him I don’t know what to do; he said we’ll tell you. I said, I have never done it. He replied well there is always a first time. My persistent Sir was in no mood to give up. Finally he convinced me to intern for the Goa Arts & Literary Festival, 2014(GALF).

I now bow my head in gratitude, to the faculty of my department because this opportunity opened me up to a whole new world of experiences. I interviewed writers, did photography and also the videography for the various sessions of Goa Arts & Literary Festival. Not only did I get the chance to venture into something I would have not have done but it also allowed me to explore my creative side. I also got to know and meet some great writers such as Githa Hariharan, Keki N. Daruwalla and Mahabaleswar sail. For me the journey has just begun, I wait in anticipation for my next assignment.”

Kaushal Bathia, FYBA Journalism

For the 5th edition of Goa Arts & Literary Festival, the department of Journalism gave me the opportunity to interview the guests and participants of the festival. Being a newbie to this process, it was intimidating to be in the presence of established authors and professionals, moreover to question them on their work and as to the reason of it.

Ms. Sagarika Ghose, a journalist since 1991 in the field of print as well as electronic media and also an author of two books, a person who had been there and done a lot of which I am learning as of now. It was a learning experience not only in conducting the interview but the content received. The interview began with a basic question on her quest in journalism. As the interview progressed issues of ‘freedom of speech’, ‘injustice to press’ and ‘independent media houses’ were discussed during which along with the camera, a quality perspective was acquired by those present during the video interview.

After the interview with Sagarika Ghose, again Journalism was the hot topic and who better than Rajdeep Sardesai, a well known personality in TV Journalism, came in as my next interviewee. The conversation was natural and comfortable for both him and the camera. A book on the 2014 elections, his view on the election result, the future of Indian politics and obviously a word on the current state of Journalism was highlighted during the interview.

For me it was a first hand experience in front of a rolling camera, where an anxious newbie is considered talent and a veteran of that very field is the interviewee. Like they say expect the unexpected in journalism.

Youth Today………

 By Jahnavi Samant, TYBA
There has always been a tussle between traditions and modernity and traditions have somehow managed to have an upper hand. The youth, more often than not, have been misunderstood by their elders, considered immature and inexperienced. The decisions and options are always debated when the youth have any inputs to offer. But what hangs about forgotten, is the power the youth have come to have have today; the power and the zeal to initiate revolutions, be it the future outcome of Anna’s fight against corruption or the simple result of our 2012 elections, it is the youth that will decide it all.
We embrace almost 38% of the country’s population. There is so much we can do and undo. How can we forget the change we made when we took the streets as our own in askance of the rights we were denied of? How can we forget the candles we lit in the protest of the Jessica Lal murder case? And how can we forget the agitation for Lokpal Bill, a connoted second fight for freedom that we were a part of?
The fact that we are considered the spine of our country is just a fact that remains obsolete. In a country where the 60+ politicians lie wasted and ruling, disdainful is the fact that the people who can really make a change are not given a stand at all. Gone are the days when Gandhi and Nehru called out to the youth to come and make a difference. Nothing seems to have changed.
The youth Nehru and Gandhi had called out to be in power, rule even today. But surprisingly, what they seem to have forgotten is that they aren’t the youth anymore. They have aged like you or me, no less.
The responsibility for change, progress and innovation lies on the youth today. We can make or break society. But in a country where a 40+ Rahul Gandhi is considered the ‘ voice of youth’ , the future is surely inchoate. All one can wish for is that the next time we go to vote, we find more names of youngsters who can make our country a better place to live in..