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ADMISSION OPEN 2017 – B.A. in Journalism at St. Xavier’s College

Applications are invited for the course B.A. in Journalism for the Academic year 2017-18 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 from 15th June, 2017.

Eligibility

Applicants must be Std. XII passed (in any discipline) from any recognized Board of Education. Students seeking admission will be selected on merit and personal interview conducted by the Department of Journalism on the day of admission.

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

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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: 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.

 

Journos @ Radio Indigo 91.9 FM

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.

 

Konkani Wikipedia…in the making

By Venita Gomes (SYBA Journalism)

Goa seems to have found another helping hand in the struggle to revive and preserve the local language Konkani.

Wikipedia, one of the world’s leading online knowledge portals, has taken the initiative to keep Goa’s mother tongue intact. Wikipedia Foundation San Francisco along with Centre of Internet Society (CIS) are funding A2K (Access to Knowledge), a project that aims to create a full-fledged Konkani Wikipedia site in the Devanagri script.

The CIS has been conducting free lectures for any group of people who are interested in spreading information in the Konkani language. CIS and Wikipedia have been targeting Goan colleges to extract a small pool of students who can contribute in the development of Konkani Wikipedia.

Recently this team conducted its workshop at St. Xavier’s College. The students who attended learned how to edit and post Konkani articles on Wikipedia.

Programme director, Mr. Vishnu Vardhan said, “Students have access knowledge and information. If they contribute by writing articles in Konkani for Wikipedia, it will be quiet beneficial and useful. Hence we are collaborating with educational institutes, students, and bloggers of Konkani sites who can contribute articles for Wikipedia.”

Stating the importance of this programme, Mr. Vardhan further added, “What goes online stays online. All the articles on Wikipedia would benefit the coming generation. And Konkani Wikipedia is one medium which will last forever and people would be able to access information anytime. So if many people could contribute to Konkani Wikipedia it will flourish to the fullest.”

There’s no second thought on the importance of this initiative and with the massive growth of the internet, such programmes become more meaningful and necessary.

Prior to his workshop, Wikipedia had conducted a similar programme for the students of Journalism and Mass Communication & Videography in the last academic year. Wikipedia is looking forward to a long term association with St. Xavier’s College and especially the Departments of Journalism and Mass Communication and Videography.

It is such initiatives and industry tie-ups that make the Journalism course at St. Xavier’s College unique among several college across India