Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Following from Prof. Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha

Manipal University, as the highest ranked comprehensive private deemed University in the QS BRICS and QS Asia rankings, staunchly promulgates the work-ethic of “Global leadership in human development; excellence in education and healthcare.” Further, ranked 1st among ‘Research Publications by Private Universities in India,’ (as per. SCImago Research Group, Spain) Manipal University is synonymous with world class facilities & distinction in higher education.
Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations study in the University town, nestled in Karnataka’s Udupi District. MU boasts of nearly 2500 faculty and ancillary staff, who cater to the development of various professional institutions in Communication, Health Sciences, Engineering, Management and Humanities. The University is holarchical in structure, with several campuses spread over the world.

School of Communication (MIC) – established in 1997 – is a premier Media Institute offering a bouquet of programmes in Media & Communication. The courses/degrees offered range from BSc. Animation to B.A. Media & Communication, M.A. Media & Communication, M.F.A, PH.D, & other short-term courses. SOC as a media-education monolith today facilitates collaboration by way of exchange programmes with Universities in Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, USA & Australia.

The relevance of health communication can be felt virtually in every facet of health and well-being.An integral component of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment, health communication is recognized as a core competency in public health and health promotion practice and plays a vital role in achieving public health objectives.
The significance of understanding and managing effective health communications is especially urgent in developing countries like ours with huge burdens of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. In a study published in September 2016 by Lancet and released at an event at the UN General Assembly in New York on the first ever annual assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance among 188 countries,India stood at the 143rd position, just ahead of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The analysis of the existing situation points to a lacuna in communication between professionals in the arena of medicine, public health and healthcare.  The availability of knowledge, expertise or information being not the problem,  but  how this is being dispensed to the community is recognized as the problem, Health colloquium 2017, is an earnest  interdisciplinary effort to  collate professionals from  Medical, Public Health, NGOs, others working in the area of health and  communication professionals  to make an effort to bridge the existing gap, thus taking a step closer to make India a super power in coming days.

The theme of the first edition of this annual interdisciplinary Health Colloquium organized by SOC is “Health Communication: Bridging Gaps & Raising Awareness”. Some of the areas for discussion during this  Colloquium would be but not only restricted in the following areas:
Healthcare Communication
2.       Public Health Communication
3.       Medico- legal Communication
4.       Rehabilitation Communication
5.       Health & Marketing communication
6.       Health & social media
7.       Health & Miscommunication
8.       Medical tourism & Multi cultural communication

Interested academicians, research scholars and students from both the media & communication as well as healthcare, community health& public health may mail their abstracts of around 300-500 words tohealth.colloquium17@manipal.edu.

Date of abstract acceptance: 26th February 2017.
Deadline for full paper:15thHMARCH 2017
Guidelines for Paper Submission:
•             Font: Times New Roman
•             Font size: 12
•             Spacing: Double-spaced
•             Word-Count: 5000-8000
•             Format: APA style

Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha
Ph: +91 9620397265
Early Bird Fee
Academician/ Research Scholar
Rs. 1,500
(till 9th March 2017)
Rs. 2,000
(10th March 2017 onwards)
Rs. 1000
(till 9th March 2017)
Rs 1500
(10th March 2017 onwards)

For online registration, payment & other event updates one may refer to the following Web-link: http://conference.manipal.edu/HC2017

Chairperson: Dr. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University
Organizing Secretary: Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha, Director, School of Communication,Manipal University
Advisory Committee:
Dr. Sudharshan Ballal, Chairman – MHEPL, Dr.Sreekumaran Nair, Professor, Manipal University &Director,PHESA,DR. Subhadra Menon,Director, Health Communication & Adjunct Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India - The Public Health Foundation of India, Dr Unni Krishnan,Dean, KMC Mangalore, Dr.Lena Ashok, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Manipal University, Dr. Sanjay Pattanshetty, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Manipal University.
Scientific Committee: Mr. Padma Kumar,Assistant Professor& Head, School of Communication, Ms. Manjula .V, Assistant Professor, School of Communication
Technical Committee – Mr. Shreeraj Gudi,Assistant Professor,School of Communication,Mr. Krishna,Assistant Professor,School of Communication
Treasurer – Ms. Sowparnika Attavar,Assistant Professor,School of Communication

 School of Communication
Manipal University
Udayavani Road, Press Corner,
Manipal – 576104, Karnataka, India.
Phone: +91-0820-2571901/ 03

Fax: +91-0820-2571902

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Rethinking Journalism

Following Prof. Subhash Dhuliya:

We sincerely believe that a serious debate needs to be initiated with the objective of rethinking journalism and underlining its societal role and public relevance in the current digital age. Technological advancement gives shape to the production, distribution and consumption of journalism. 

Putting people in context one needs to assert where journalism fits in their lives and needs. Do they need journalists or just content managers? 

Ideally journalism should contribute to common concerns, create an informed citizenry and debate on crucial issues. One needs to ask the all important question - is that happening? 

The proposed debate would, apart from discussing these issues, also focus on the impact of technology and economics on journalism. 

Newswriters.in invites your valuable comments on how such a debate could and should be generated. The editors would be grateful if you also incorporated a short bio-note with your comment. 

Newswriters.in is a non-profit organisation run by a group of experienced and concerned media persons.

Prof. Subhash Dhuliya
School of Journalism and New Media Studies
Indira Gandhi National Open University
New Delhi-110068
Mobile: 9312266340
Alternative email: sdhuliya@ignou.ac.in

Monday, 13 February 2017

Short and Sweet: Storytelling in 300 Words

Following from veteran journalist Joseph Pinto:

Short and Sweet: Storytelling in 300 Words

Brady Dennis was a night cops reporter in the Tampa bureau of Poynter's St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times when he started writing "300 Words," a series of short stories about ordinary people, in 2004. This year, he won the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing for his series. The "300 Words" stories have been running, alongside pictures by Times photographer Chris Zuppa, on the front page of the paper's local-news section, about once a month. To find their stories, Zuppa and Dennis think of a moment they want to capture, then find the subject who best defines that moment. Dennis is now a general-assignment reporter in the Times' Tampa bureau. I interviewed him, via e-mail, to find out what he's learned about storytelling in small doses.

MICHAEL WEINSTEIN: How did you come up with the idea of writing 300-word stories?

BRADY DENNIS: I first dreamed up "300 Words" while working as a night cops reporter in Tampa. For starters, I wanted a project that offered a break from the usual murder and mayhem that I typically covered (and enjoyed covering). But more importantly, I wanted to take a chance and offer something in the metro section that readers weren't used to seeing, something different that would make them slow down and take a breath and view the people they passed each day a little differently. I knew I wanted the pieces to be short -- they never jump from 1B -- and to highlight people that otherwise never would make the newspaper. Luckily, I [worked with] a photographer who shared this vision and a brave editor willing to try new approaches and fend off the skeptics.
A big inspiration for the series, by the way, were the "People" columns that Charles Kuralt had written for the Charlotte News back in the early 1950s [see www.charleskuraltspeople.com].

What was the easiest thing about doing them?
The easiest thing was my complete confidence in the people we would find. I believe that each person not only has a story to tell, but that each person has a story that matters. I've always felt humbled in the presence of everyday, "ordinary" people who are willing to share their lives with us. Give me them any day over politicians and celebrities.

What was hardest?
The hardest thing, I suppose, was finding a theme in each piece that was universal -- love, loss, death, change, new beginnings. Something everyone could relate to on a human level. I didn't think it was enough to say, "Look, here's an interesting person." I wanted to capture that person in a moment when readers could say, "I understand. I've been there."

What did you learn about writing short stories with a beginning, middle and end?
I learned it doesn't take 3,000 words to put together a beginning, middle and end. A good story is a good story, no matter the length. And sometimes the shorter ones turn out [to be] more powerful than the windy ones.
That said, there's a risk of sounding like I'm advocating super-short stories with no traditional nut graph. Not so. I believe no matter how long or short the story, people should know why it is important and worth their time. It's not enough just to paint a pretty picture. We must strive to tell them something about the world that matters, to be journalists and not simply storytellers. Hopefully, in a non-traditional way, "300 Words" does that.

Has it made you a better reporter? Better writer?
Absolutely. "300 Words" made me a better reporter by forcing me to rely almost primarily on observation. Notice that most pieces contain almost no quotes. I didn't interview people as much as I simply shut my mouth and watched and listened. We don't do that enough.
It also made me a more economical writer. With only 300 words to spare, each one had to matter. I've tried to apply that rule to the other stories I do, even the long ones. The idea is to cut away the fat and leave only the muscle. As my editor, Neville Green, repeated again and again: "Less is more." It's true for most stories we write.

How did your editor help you?
Neville Green helped in so many ways. He wrote most of the headlines. He helped
me trim many unnecessary sentences, greatly improving the stories with
each change. And sometimes, he simply put that universal theme I was
searching for in perspective. "Isn't this story about..." he would
start, and he'd always be dead-on.

Anything else I should ask?
One thing I would offer is my opinion that, now, more than ever, we should be willing to take risks and make reading the paper an unpredictable and interesting exercise. "300 Words" was an effort at that. But there are a million other possibilities, and journalists are pretty bright folks. All it takes is the willingness to risk something new.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Fake news sparks Press Council membership drive

From: http://www.newsmediaworks.com.au/fake-news-sparks-press-council-membership-drive/

Do you think we need such a drive in India?

Fake news sparks Press Council membership drive

Fake news sparks Press Council membership drive

The Australian Press Council has renewed its campaign to attract new members and to reassure the public of the credibility of news organisations under its umbrella with the aid of a captioned image, known as a meme.

The meme reads “Sick of fake news? Only Press Council members commit to independent scrutiny”, superimposed over newspaper front pages with fake headlines.
Press Council chairman Prof David Weisbrot said that non-members were affecting the effectiveness of the council.
“Non-members are, in effect, shirking their responsibility to contribute to the industry’s self-regulatory regime and in doing so they inevitably weaken it,” he said.
“Worse still, this freeloading on the system creates space for those who would impose unwanted government regulation on the sector” he said.
Online publications such as The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Junkee and Mamamia, are the focus of the campaign.
News Corp Australia’s executive editor of policy and insights Glenn Stanaway supported the move.
“The public will always trust media brands they know are committed to the principles of journalism and providing communities with real news and opinions,” he said.
“When we have unscrupulous operators circulating fake news and malicious rumour often to achieve financial profit, it is important the public knows who they can trust for their news and community debates” Mr Stanaway said.
Brett McCarthy, editor of The West Australian, did not agree with the assertion that the Press Council was the only effective independent body in the country.
“We are not freeloading on any system. We have our own system that was set up in 2012 when we left [the council]. It’s now well established. We have the Independent Media Council that oversees all the publications that are under Seven West Media and we believe that that council works” Mr McCarthy said.
In regard to the issue of stopping fake news, Mr McCarthy was more cynical.
“Those who are out there in the fake news space and peddling fake news, I think it is pretty unlikely that any of them are going to sign up to the Press Council and want to be regulated in any way.”
The Press Council hopes that the meme will remind consumers that there is a body regulating publications and fielding complaints.
For more news from NewsMediaWorks, click here.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Conference in Kolhapur on February 27- 28

Following from Prof Dr Nisha Pawar:

ICSSR Sponsored Two Days National Conference On
Journalistic Views of
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
and Its Present Relevance
27 -28 February 2017

Organized by
Department of Journalism And Communication Science
Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

Organizing Committee
Chief Patron
Hon. Vice Chancellor,

Convener :
Head, Dept. of Journalism and
Science, Shivaji University
Chandrashekhar Wankhede
Dr. Ratnakar Pandit
Dr. Shrihari Deshpande
Dr. Sumedha Salunkhe
Dr. Rajendra Parijat
Prasad Thakur
Anil Deshmukh

About the Shivaji University
The conference organizing committee with
immense pleasure invites you to participate in
National Conference on “Journalistic Views of Dr.
Babasaheb Ambedkar” on February, 27th -28th 2017
at Humanities Auditorium, Shivaji University,
Kolhapur (Maharashtra). The Department of
Journalism and Mass Communication has
organized the conference sponsored by ICSSR,
New Delhi.
Shivaji University, established in 1962, is named
after the Great Maratha Warrior and founder of the
Maratha Empire Chhatrapati Shivaji on 18th
November 1962 by Dr. Radhakrishnan, the then
President of India. The jurisdiction of the
University is spread over three districts viz.
Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara with strength of about
3,00,000 students studying in 280 affiliated
colleges and recognised institutes. The
University’s efforts towards excellence are being
recognised by the substantial grants received from
funding agencies like UGC, DST, and DBT etc. Shivaji
University has recently signed MOU with Bha bha
Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai for research in
Material Science. It has also joined hands with
Indian Institute of Geo-Magnetism, Mumbai and
industries like Phyto-Pharma. Prestigious
institutes like Maharashtra Police Academy,
Nashik and Centre for Social Studies, Surat have
sought affiliation with the Shivaji University.
Shivaji University has been re-accredited by
National Assessment and Accreditation Council
(NAAC) Bangalore, with “A” Grade (CGPA-3.16)
(2014). Shivaji University has bagged the 28th
position in the rankings announced by the National
Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) of Union
Ministry of Human Resource Development
(MHRD). The University has now geared up to
transcend this regional image and emerging as one
of the premier institutes of higher education and
research in India.

About the Department, About the Conference
In the year 1968, with the efforts of Dr.
Appasaheb Pawar, the first Vice Chancellor of
Shivaji University, the Department of
Journalism and Mass Communication came into
existence. The department is the main centre
for Journalism education in Southern
Maharashtra. In 2018, the department will
celebrate Golden Jubilee year. At present, the
department is running B.J., M.J.C., Mass
Communication, M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses.. The
department organizes media visits and study
tours. The students produces lab journals i.e.
‘Madhyam Vidya’ and ‘Media Spectrum’ and
documentaries on the various issues. At
present, Dr. Nisha Pawar is the Head of the
Department of Journalism and Mass
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was an Indian jurist,
economist, politician and social reformer who
inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and
campaigned against social discrimination
against Untouchables (Dalits), while also
supporting the rights of women and labour. He
was Independent India’s first law minister and
the principal architect of the Constitution of
India. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) was
based on the ideas that Ambedkar presented to
the Hilton Young Commission. Besides an
eminent economist, he was also a popular
journalist. He started Mook Nayak, Prabuddha
Bharat, Janata periodicals. The nation had
celebrated his 125th birth anniversary,
therefore, to commemorate his journalistic
views the department of Journalism and Mass
Communication has organized two days
national conference.

Call for Papers, Theme & Sub-Themes
Original research papers are invited on theme and
sub-themes of the conference. Papers must have 500
words abstract followed by full text.
The central theme of the conference will be

Main Theme:
“Journalistic Views of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and
Its Present Relevance”. Researchers are required to
prepare their research paper either on the central
theme or the subthemes.
1. Impact of Dr. Babasaheb Amedkar on
Contemporary Journalism
2. Role of Media in Cast Annihilation
3. Social Issues in Dr. B R Ambedkar’s Journalism
4. Dalit Press in India
5. Present Status of Dalit Journalists Change and
6. Women Issues in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s
Rush your Abstracts on either mail ID:

Guidelines to Authors, Accommodation, Registration:
Abstracts must be accompanied by author’s
full details- Name and title, mailing
address, email address etc.
vConfirmation of the Abstract will be
communicated via email, after being
reviewed by the committee.
vThe official language of the conference shall
be English/Hindi. Font-English: Times New
Roman/ Hindi-Kruti Dev. File should be in
PDF formats only
vAn abstract book of contributed papers
may be published on the occasion.
Modest accommodation will be provided in the
University Guest House. However, the need of
accommodation must be communicated along
with the Abstract Submission form. Extended
stay in the lodging facility will be strictly at the
cost of the participants. On the spot
accommodation facility request will not be
entertained at any cost and the delegates will
have to make their own arrangements for
After receiving acceptance of paper, online
registration should be done using link
“Workshop/Seminar/Conference Registration
available on http://www.unishivaji.ac.in.
Registration fees should be paid online using
payment gateway provided in the online
registration form.

About Fees Submission:
1. Faculties: Rs. 1500/-
2. Researcher: Rs. 1000/-

3. Students: Rs. 500

Contact :
Contact No.: 0231-2609433/2603021/02
Contact : 09860986642
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