8th - 13th February 2016: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 five-day 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.

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