Festival Reflects on Power & Reach of Media
Gurgaon, 12 February 2016: Is media the pillar of democracy or the demon of manipulation? Why is media increasingly being attacked for partisan reporting and biased coverage? Is breaking news has broken down the news? Seasoned editors, broadcasters, photographers and media researchers discussed some of these issues at the Apeejay Stya University’s Annual Media Festival: Celebration and Reflection, organised by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication on its campus in Sohna.
The six-day festival, inaugurated on 8 February, is a platform for lively debates, interactive panel discussions, film shows, photo exhibition, workshops, quizzes and performances.
Speaking at the panel discussion, ‘Blame it on the Media’, moderated by Ms. Seema Chisti, Senior Editor, Indian Express ,Mr Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Editor designate, Economic & Political Weekly, said intense competition between media organisations has resulted in a lot of trash being published and broadcast in the name of news. Often, he said, advertisement was packaged as news. Public relations is the new journalism.
Describing the disillusionment with the media, Dr Vipul Mudgal, Director, Common Cause, said media was out of touch with most of rural India. Quoting a su Continue Reading...>>
Apeejay Stya University announces Media Festival: Celebration and Reflection 2016
Jan 30, Gurgaon: The big bang explosion of media following the structural reforms in India has been a double-edged sword. While communication technology revolution has enabled it to reach the periphery and provide a voice to the voiceless through community radio, blogs, Facebook and Twitter, globalised capital monopolises and controls the media narrative to suit its agendas. The shrinking state meanwhile displays ineptitude than aptitude in its mediatory role.
It is paramount for us media professionals to not only enjoy the fruits of our successes but also reflect upon the challenges we face in our discovery road to truth. Apeejay Stya University’s Annual Media Festival: Celebration and Reflection, organised by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is one such occasion. The six-days festival will include talks, panel discussions, quizzes and performances and bring together some of the country’s leading journalists and media persons. A first of its kind, the festival is a beginning to create a platform to celebrate the power and glory of the media and ponder over the challenges that lie ahead for a free and fair media.
CEO Prasar Bharati and India's former Culture Secretary, Jawhar Sircar, has Continue Reading...>>
Apeejay Stya University inaugurates Media Festival 2016
Gurgaon, 8th February 2016: The annual ‘Media Festival’ at Apeejay Stya University began today with lot of enthusiasm and promise at the University campus situated at Sohna and was attended by eminent media person of the country.
The event kicked off officially on an auspicious note by the lighting of the lamp by the guests of honour. To begin the proceedings, the guests and students were ushered to BS-10 for the inauguration of the photo exhibition by Mr Aditya Arya, Founder of India's first museum of cameras and Mr Jawahar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati.
The welcome address was given by Dr SK Salwan, the Vice Chancellor of ASU, who said that sadly according to the Indian mindset financial stability takes precedence over other things, but, education should be a pathway to spiritual peace and enlightenment. He also talked about the changes society admits due to the passage of time.
Post the welcome address began the first session of the day, a lecture on "Why Don't We Shut Down the Public Broadcaster?" By Mr Sircar, who in his opening statement pointed out that every generation had the fundamental right to make mistakes. He also elucidated upon what has radio done for India, how Vividh Bharati emotionally unified the Ind Continue Reading...>>