Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Media Governance and Cultural Issues: A book review

Media Governance and Cultural Issues  

Edited by Rajesh Das, Mugdha Sengupta and Saswati Gangopadhyay;
Department of  Mass Communication, The University of Burdwan, West Bengal; 2018; Pages 229; Rs. 225.

Reviewed by Shashidhar Kapur (Senior Journalist), 10, Indus Empire, Bhopal.)

The topical research volume on media governance and cultural issues published by The University of  Burdwan offers great insights. Featuring a wide spectrum of papers and case studies,  it covers both the theoretical and applied aspects.
 Its first paper by Vir Bala Aggarwal is about internet and religion which points to how religion is being transformed a by media and vice versa. The former has come up with simplistic versions to connect with the masses while latter has shed its secularist tag. Aggarwal offers an interesting insight by saying that media has become a religion of sorts. 
 Biplab Roy Choudhary’s take on the role of media in influencing the vote in LS  elections 2014 is discerning. It says that parties lose control over candidates who hire their own political consultants – often not mentioning their parties in campaigns. That the media acted as a matchmaker between creators’ perceptions and audience’s perceptions is an acute observation. Also, the concept of the “spiral of silence” from opponents’  after the first favourable opinion poll and the  “bandwagon effect” of subsequent polls puts things in perspective.
The highlight of this volume is a paper by Prof. ( Dr. ) Pavitra  Shrivastava and Prof. C K Sardana on “ Media - changed and changing role”.It avers that media has to be both proactive as well as reactive viz. have curtain raisers and follow ups. Its duty is to bring in the marginalised into focus. The duo has done a yeoman ’s service by underlining media’ s role in highlighting subjects like growing population, shrinking agricultural land, environmental degradation and the misuse of discretionary funds by elected representatives.
Mr Rajesh Das’ paper on Media mapping in SAARC region for development gives highly implementable suggestions such as having a daily SAARC news bulletin, hosting a SAARC documentary film festival and creating a  SAARC news agency. One can only hope that policymakers take note of it so that, in  South Asia,  have a shared vision and project a common view of the world. It is significant since our destinies are interlinked.
Written in a lucid style,  the compendium covers many case studies thereby bringing investigation into play.“ Media governance and cultural  issues”  has been edited professionally to proportionately range from mainstream media to new media .
Snehasis  Sur has underlined the critical role of  Public broadcaster which is slipping  away, largely in the absence of a revenue model and also due to a lack of  will on the part of  government. Moreover , in Archan Mitra and Aditi Singh Roy’s  paper  marks the paucity of  research in public service advertising . Besides , it brings up the aspect of  audience viewpoint in media  governance – which is almost  unheard of  in media discussions in India.
 Also, the oft overlooked aspect of  the relation of  Media with NGOS  has been  studied indepth. Both aspects of  advocacy and activism are brought out in            Jhilum Roy Chowdhary’s  paper on NGO’s and  Advocacy and  Kunal  Roy’s on  NGO  - Media interface respectively. Roy Chowdhary mentions the latest trends  of  Public  relations among  Ngo’s which include crowd funding and online petitions. Kunal sees a complementary role for Media in developmental  activities  albeit with caution.
  This well researched volume covers the entire span from past into the  future  via   the present . From the traditional democratic participatory communication in Santhal villages being vitiated by vested interests of modern  politics to a well   planned response of  India  to the problem of  Climatic change and prediction of  a bright  future of  Indian Cinema in  the complete timeline is covered . According  to  Amartya  Saha,   the  role of mass  media is critical in creating awareness about  climate change and sustainable living. Mugdha  Sengupta  refers to the digitisation in cinema governance as a pointer to its bright  future.
 Of course, not all the papers match up to a uniformly high standard but being uneven is in the nature of  any compilation. Perhaps better printing could’ve made  this  volume  even more reader  friendly.. However, it would be fair to say that  “Media  governance and  cultural issues” brings  out a continuum of  concerns  in the relationship. The volume offers hints to  the resolution of  most of these. All in all , the linkage between media governance and cultural issues has  been  deconstructed . It is likely to spawn a flurry of  work to further decode it .


Shashidhar Kapur
Sr. Journalist

10, Indus Empire, Bhopal

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Request for Syllabus and Books on digital/online/web journalism

Dear Colleagues,
I am adjunct faculty at Pune's FLAME University. I teach journalism. We are in the process of revamping our syllabus. Please help me with the soft copy of your syllabus on digital/online/web journalism.

Please suggest good books and course material related to these subjects. It will be useful to us if the books are authored from the Indian perspective. 

My email address: drkiranthakur
@gmail.com, kiran.thakur@flame.edu.in

Thanking you and with regards, 
Kiran Thakur
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Adjunct Faculty & Research Coordinator
FLAME School of Communication
Lavale, Pune 411042

Monday, 7 May 2018

SIMC Conference Last Day for Abstracts is May 31, 2018.

Following from Prof Santosh Kumar Biswal:

Greetings from Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC), Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, India. 
This mail is a gentle reminder to invite you all to submit your abstracts to the two-day International Conference on Media and Communication (ICMAC): New Media Studies: Re-examining Articulations of Theory, Practice and Context which will be held on September 21 and 22, 2018, at SIMC, Symbiosis Knowledge Village, Lavale, Pune, India. The last date for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2018

I am glad to share that the following journals would bring out special issues with select papers from the conference (subject to their editorial guidelines and laid-down review process) 
1. Media Asia, Taylor & Francis 
2. Studies in South Asian Film & Media, Intellect Journals 
3. Media Watch (Scopus-indexed)

ICMAC 2018 is the second biennial conference being organized by SIMC, Pune after the successful first edition that attracted over 100 research paper presentations and four brilliant keynote speakers in October 2016. 

The keynote speakers for ICMAC 2018 are - 

1. Dr.Anabel Quan-Haase, ProfessorFaculty of Information and Media Studies/Department of SociologyWestern University, Canada - Dr Quan-Hasse will deliver the keynote on subjects around her scholarship in areas like Digital Humanities, Internet Studies and Big Data. 

2. Dr Kaitlynn Mendes, Associate Professor, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester, United Kingdom - Dr Mendes will address on  'Digital Media and Narratives of Gender and Sexualities', especially in the wake of recent movements like #metoo and her work in the space of 'Slutwalk'. 

3. Dr Kevin Sanson, Senior Lecturer, School of Communication, Queensland University of Technology, Australia - Dr Sanson would focus on the subject of New Media Platforms in the Digital Age & Audiences , especially with a focus on streaming, sharing and selling.

The conference invites research papers in the following key tracks -

               Theories, Practices and Sociology of New Media
               Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
               Consumers, Prosumers and Brands in Digital Ecosystem: 
                 the New Mediascape
               The Practice of Journalism in Digital Age

Besides, the above research paper sub themes, this conference will have a unique ‘Emerging Scholars Section’ where young students/scholars, early career faculty members are invited to present their white papers/working papers/ongoing research work for insights, discussion and guidance in the form of poster presentations. 
For details, please visit the conference website www.simcicmac.com
Please find attached the conference floater for important information on track details, important dates, registration and contact details  
Look forward to your participation and contribution to the emerging discourse and scholarship in New Media Studies! 

Thanks and Regards,
Santosh Kumar BiswalPhD
Assistant Professor
Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC)  (www.simc.edu
Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune

Jagdish Upasane takes over as Vice-Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication



By Chander Sardana 

Veteran journalist Jagdish Upasane has recently taken over as Vice-Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication at Bhopal.

Widely respected for his responsive and responsible writings, Shri Upasane has spent over four decades in print journalism. He is known for his innovation and enterprising spirit. His talent has been recognised by several organisations. M.P. Government bestowed on him the prestigious Ganesh Shankar Vidyarathi Award. Madhavrav Sapre Sanghralaya honoured him with Madhavrav Sapre Samman.

A man of foresight and farsight, Shri Upasane has set an agenda for himself as the Vice-Chancellor. His priorities include recognition and encouragement to innovation among teaching and support staff, value-based education, job-oriented courses, close interface with Media and Media-related organisations, overall personality development of its students, and the emergence of the University among the top universities not only nationally but globally and competence building of all its stakeholders.  

Shri Upasane started his career in journalism in 1974 with Yugdharma, Jabalpur. Thereafter, he moved over to Hindusthan Samachar news agency where he earned a name for himself and the agency for his writings. He was among the first to join Jansatta launched in 1983 in the team ably chosen by the eminent journalist, Shri Prabhash Joshi. He did extremely well through his investigative, exclusive and special news stories and features.

His contribution to the build-up of Hindi edition of India Today as a top-class magazine is widely acclaimed. He joined the magazine as Chief Sub-Editor in its early stage. He led the editorial team to launch four regional editions of India Today besides building up a strong network of good writers from among promising students. His qualities of leadership are well known.

Shri Upasane's stance and style of writing has been unique and marked by authenticity and apt presentation for Hindi edition of India Today. Thereafter he took responsibility as Group Editor of Panchjanya and Organiser magazines.

Born on 23rd November 1953 at Raipur, Shri Upasane had an excellent academic record. He won a Gold Medal in Law. He also did his M.Com and Degree in Journalism. A soft-spoken and an attentive listener, he inspires trust and confidence among all those who come in contact with him.
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Shri Upasane can be reached at the following email address 

upasanejd@gmail.com 
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Shri Sardana is Director of the National Executive of Public Relations Council of India (PRCI), based in Bhopal. His email address is: casardana@gmail.com  

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

SIMC's International Conference on Media and Communication

Following from Nilesh Gokhale and Sneha Samaddar,
On behalf of the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC) Symbiosis International (Deemed University), I have the pleasure of inviting you to the two-day International Conference on Media and Communication (ICMAC): New Media Studies: Re-examining Articulations of Theory, Practice and Context which will be held on September 21 and 22, 2018, at SIMC, Symbiosis Knowledge Village, Lavale, Pune, India.

ICMAC 2018 is the second biennial conference being organized by SIMC, Pune after the successful first edition that attracted over 100 research paper presentations and four brilliant keynote speakers in October 2016. 

The keynote speakers for ICMAC 2018 are - 

1. Dr.Anabel Quan-Haase, ProfessorFaculty of Information and Media Studies/Department of SociologyWestern University, Canada - Dr Quan-Hasse will deliver the keynote on subjects around her scholarship in areas like Digital Humanities, Internet Studies and Big Data. 

2. Dr Kaitlynn Mendes, Associate Professor, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester, United Kingdom - Dr Mendes will address on  'Digital Media and Narratives of Gender and Sexualities', especially in the wake of recent movements like #metoo and her work in the space of 'Slutwalk'. 

3. Dr Kevin Sanson, Senior Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia would focus on the subject of New Media Platforms in the Digital Age & Audiences, especially with a focus on streaming, sharing and selling.

The conference invites research papers in the following key tracks -

               Theories, Practices and Sociology of New Media
               Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
               Consumers, Prosumers and Brands in Digital Ecosystem: the New Mediascape
               The Practice of Journalism in Digital Age

Besides, the above research paper sub-themes, this conference will have a unique ‘Emerging Scholars Section’ where young students/scholars, early career faculty members are invited to present their white papers/working papers/ongoing research work for insights, discussion and guidance in the form of poster presentations. 

The last date for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2018

For details, please visit the conference website www.simcicmac.com

Look forward to your participation and contribution to the emerging discourse and scholarship in New Media Studies! 
Thanks and Regards,
Ruchi Kher Jaggi, PhD
Associate Professor & Director,
Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC) (www.simc.edu
(Constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (www.siu.edu.in) Pune.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Call for Papers Dates Extended

Following is from Prof Rekha Shelke:

Media Messenger
A Biannual Multilingual Research Journal in Media

Call for Papers                   Volume-3 Issue-1
Extended Important Dates:
Submission of Abstract                  : April 25th, 2018
Full Paper:                                      : May 5th, 2018

Dear Researchers / Professors / Scholars/ Students,
                MGM College of Journalism & Mass Communication Aurangabad (Maharashtra) is the oldest college in Marathwada region stepping towards research field with its own research journal. Media Messenger Bilingual Research Journal (MMBRJ - ISSN: 2455-2046) is an Academic journal in the field of Mass Communication and Journalism. This national level research journal is peer- reviewed journal with a key objective to provide the platform for different researchers, professors, media personalities and students to showcase their research. We have successfully published our Fourth issues and now, moving towards the Fifth issue.   
The Theme of Journal:
 “Market dynamics of Media & entertainment industry in India”
Digital and entertainment media industry has tremendous growth rate since last decade. The study shows increased power of purchasing and consumer choice content is shifting the traditional market orientation to digital and online trends. With the emerging of IT and rise in social networking sites has provided the instantaneous global approaches to the content. Besides the shifting trends of media and entertainment industry marketing, it is creating worrisome and unfortunate situations. In this scenario FDI, Corporate & monopoly ownership patterns and GST bringing alarming circumstances to the reliable public interest content.



Sub- Themes
1.      Media & Entertainment industry: Impact and Influence
2.      Social Media Rise: challenges to Print & electronic media
3.      The Business of media industry: Corporate interests Vs public interests
4.      Market dynamics of Social media
5.      FDI and GST: Impact on the media industry
6.      New media: Impacts and lessons
7.      Shifting trends in media marketing strategies
8.      Concentration & monopoly issues in Indian Media
9.      Govt. policies and its impact on Economics of the media industry
10.  Media coverage quality & Market dependency
11.  Advertising  & Manipulations of information
12.  Corporate media industry Disguised information
13.  Shifting Audience to consumers
14.  Digital marketing Vs traditional marketing
15.  Mobile and android marketing
Communication Details:
Website                   :           www.mgmjournalism.org
Email                      :            info.mmbrj@gmail.com       (Submit your paper on this Email)
Contact No             :           8087 084 162 /0240- 2480490
Frequency:
Biannual (02 Issues per year)
Fees:
·         There is no Fee for publishing/printing the Research paper.
·         However, the Author/Researcher may subscribe the Media Messenger at the following nominal fee.
Single Issue: Rs. 300 ₹
Annual Membership: Rs. 500 ₹

 (Subscription fee must be made by Account Pay/RTGS/NEFT/Cash Deposit.)

A.               INSTRUCTION FOR PREPARING THE MANUSCRIPT
        Media messenger Bilingual Research Journal publishes research papers and case studies containing original research work of good standard with contemporary relevance from all over the nation. Following types of contributions are considered for publication:
RESEARCH PAPERS (Full Length – Maximum of 8 pages-A/4 sizes).
LANGUAGE English, Hindi & Marathi 
The Author can send manuscript as an attachment in MS Word (.doc or .docx) and PDF file


I.            AUTHOR GUIDELINES:
Authors willing to submit their manuscript are requested to carefully go through the guidelines as given below.
1.      The papers submitted without following this style and format will not undergo the review process and will not be published.
2.      A research paper containing original unpublished work can be submitted to the Chief Editor at any time of the year. The Journal will be published half-yearly in the month of January & July. Submitted paper will be checked for Plagiarism and then will be referred to Peer Review Team. In case of any query other than submissions please send email to info.mmbrj@gmail.com.
3.      All portions of the manuscript must be typed in Times New Roman for English, Kruti Dev 010 or APS DV Prakash for Hindi and Marathi with 1.5 spaced and all pages numbered starting from the title page.
4.      The Title should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper with capital letters.(Font size 12)
5.      The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. ((Font size 10 & 1.5 spacing)
6.      Following the abstract, about 3 to 6 Keywords that will provide indexing should be listed. (Font size 10)
7.      The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject. (Font size 12& 1.5 spacing)
8.      Materials and Methods should be complete enough to allow search / experiments to be reproduced. (Font size 12 & 1.5 spacing)
9.      Results should be presented with clarity and precision. The Discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studies on this topic. State the Conclusions in a few sentences at the end of Discussion. (Font size 12 & 1.5 spacing)
10.  The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief. Tables should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible and should be numbered. Figure (Photo plates and graphs) should be numbered, serially in numerals in order of appearance and prepared using JPEG file for reduction.

II.            REFERENCES
            The references should be in an alphabetical order or listed in numerical sequence on a separate sheet. References should be cited in full in the reference list, including the title and the first and last page numbers.
B.         PEER REVIEW POLICY
        The following types of contribution to Media Messenger Bilingual Research Journal are peer-reviewed: Research papers, Articles and Case Study.
        Articles published in this journal, for its content and accuracy the Author/contributor will be responsible, The Editor will not be responsible. Controversial issues & articles will not be accepted & published.
        Selection or rejection of articles, research papers or case studies will be decided by peer review committee and editorial board, the decision of selection or rejection will be irrevocable and it will be communicated to the author by email.
C.            PROOF READING
        Proofreading should be done by the Author or Contributor. The editor of the journal will not be responsible for any grammatical or spelling mistakes.

D.            DECLARATION
        The declaration form is attached with to this copy at the end; every author should sign it and send it to info.mmbrj@gmail.com in the form of scanned copy.
E.            COPYRIGHT
        Media Messenger Bilingual Research Journal will acquire copyright of overall published material. Author / Contributors should submit an agreement form in the specified format for copyright transfer and declare about the authenticity of the literature and originality of the data, without which the paper will not be published online. This form should be submitted along with proof corrections.
F.             PRIVACY POLICY
     The author’s identity in the form of the name, Email id, mobile/land line number, address or account details will not be shared with any other individual.  
G.           ADDRESS OF COLLEGE
MGM College of Journalism & Mass Communication,
N-6, CIDCO, Mahatma Gandhi Mission Hospital Campus, Aurangabad – 431003

Phone: 0240-6454162 / 2480490