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Anxiety and uncertainty have always been a part of student college life. But it gets even more intense when students are on the threshold of the final year of college life. ‘Should I pursue my higher studies?’ or ‘Should I take a break and work?’ These are some questions that trouble the final year students as they plan, what next after Third Year?
The Department of Mass Communication and Department of Journalism organised an interactive session with Ms Svetlana Pereira on 10th September 2018. Svetlana Pereira — a former student of Department of Journalism at St. Xavier’s College is currently pursuing her Master’s at Westminster University, London.
Svetlana explained the student the pros and cons of pursuing a master’s program be it in India or abroad. She firmly asserted that masters program in India or abroad is ‘safety net’ and hence everyone must pursue their Masters. During the interactive session, she also explained the process of applying for foreign universities and their requirements. She also highlighted the financial aspect of the studying abroad for both academics and personal expenditure. Sessions being interactive, students asked questions and clarified their doubts thus greatly benefiting themselves and being better informed than before.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to emphasise the importance of Radio and enable its students to understand the same, the Department of Journalism organized a visit to Indigo 91.9 FM station for its final year students recently.
RJ Ayesha Baretto, gave the students valuable information on how a private radio station works. They got to learn how an RJ needs to be prompt and creative at the same time. Some students also got the opportunity to go ON AIR with RJ Ayesha.
During the visit Ashvek Naik, Branch Head of Indigo 91.9 FM gave an insightful talk on how the programming and sales teams of the radio station work hand in hand. The visit also included a tour around different sections of the station and practical demonstration of sound editing. The field trip was part of their ‘Radio Journalism’ paper.
Here’s a glimpse of what they did there.
Our students recently visited the office of ‘The Goan on Saturday’ one of India’s best selling weeklies. Here is what our student Svetlana Pereira had to say about her experience and what they did there.
As we walked through the doors of ‘The Goan on Saturday’ we were greeted with smiling faces into the well-designed office and workaholic atmosphere. As the students of Department of Journalism were given the unique opportunity to work with ‘The Goan on Saturday’ and to produce the page named the ‘Big Common Room,’ we began brainstorming in the room aptly named ‘The Bulb,’ for new and fresh ideas. The opportunity of working with The Goan for two days gave us an avenue to look into how a news organisation works. Right from creating content to preparing the final layout of a page, we got the first-hand experience of it. We interacted with professionals who were very supportive and did not hesitate to guide us on various issues. Values and prized knowledge have been the important pieces of experience we took home with us. And we now look forward to have another opportunity to work with this esteemed news organisation.
St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa recently emerged runners-up at ‘Media Manthan 2015’ – a UGC sponsored seminar organized by St. Aloysius College, Mangaluru on the 16th and 17th of January.
Students from the departments of Mass Communication and Journalism came together to form part of the Xavierite team. The Mapusa-based college won the first place in the mime competition and second place in the Quiz. Photography and Live News Reporting were among the other competitions conducted.
The theme for the event was ‘Changing News Landscapes’ around which most of the competitions were held.
The students of the departments of Journalism and Mass Communication & Videography received a much needed dose of graphic designing. The 3-day workshop on Adobe Photoshop conducted by Mr. Raviraj from Manipal Institute of Communication, gave the students an enriching experience of graphic designing.
Mr. Raviraj come with ample industry and academic experience. He has created animation for a demo film on RFID for Manipal Press Limited. He has published an article ‘The reasons for the growth of animation’ in Global media journal, an international communication journal (2007). He has also assisted in sound designing for 5 educational films for a UGC Project carried out by Ms. Vani, Dept. of Journalism, NMKRV College, Bangalore in 2007.
With a keen eye for details, Mr. Raviraj stressed on the importance of paying attention to every design requirement depending on which medium it is intended for. He classes included theoretical knowledge about designing as well as hands on designing exercises. Apart from introducing the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop, Mr. Raviraj also demonstrated how to create 3D effects and color corrections.
The picture gallery below may give you a feel of what out students experienced.