Monday, 18 October 2010

Seminar in Mumbai on Journalism in India: From Mission to Profession - 1947 to 2010

Prof Mangesh Karandikar, HoD, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Mumbai, has announced the following

National Seminar on
Journalism in India: From Mission to Profession - 1947 to 2010
November 18 and 19, 2010 in Mumbai

Academic support by – Prof Ram Mohan Pathak, Dean, M.M. Malviya Institute of Hindi Journalism, M.G. Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi.


The themes are as under:

The theory and practice of ethics in journalism are reflected in ways that journalists go about the doing journalism. Journalism is shaped by the relations of power and by the institutional priorities within the organizations that employ them. These relations and priorities are not in equilibrium, but exist in an ongoing state of conflict that lead to journalism rules emerging from constantly evolving practices. The actions of journalists thus are constrained and defined by concrete real-life situations. One significant real-life situation is the transformation of journalism from being a mission to becoming a profession.

Theme 1
The real-life situations in which journalists are doing journalism in India has changed dramatically over the years. This first section will deal with the following question –

What are the key social, political and economic events/people that shaped journalism theory and practice during these years?

Theme 2

Journalism is an important player in the public sphere. It offers a platform for playing out conflict, consensus and confluence thus constantly shaping and re shaping the power structures within society. However, as media pervasiveness increases, journalism itself becomes a player and a power structure competing with other structures in society. Instead of providing a platform it becomes an ingredient of the power game.

How has the position and role of journalism in the public sphere changed? How has this affected narrative and representation of identity and social justice?

Theme 3

The public sphere stands on two important pillars – commerce and public participation.

Has the degree of dominance and influence that each exercises over the other changed? How has this affected journalism?

Theme 4

Convergence of media technology is shaping media, content, audience and media organizations.

How has television changed journalism? How will convergence change it further?

 Theme 5

What are the factors that will shape the power relations, the institutional priorities and thereby the journalism ethic of the future?

1. A soft copy of your manuscripts should be submitted and should not ordinarily exceed 5000 words. They must be typed with double spacing and a margin of 1.5 inches on both sides to facilitate editing.
2. Articles which are published should not be reproduced.
3. Wherever copyrighted material is used, the authors should be accurate in reproduction and obtain permission from the copyright holders if necessary.
4. Papers submitted or presented in a seminar must be clearly indicated at the bottom of the first page.
5. Notes and references should be consecutively numbered and presented at the end of the article, and not at the foot of each page.
6. The articles can fall into any one of the above themes. Please indicate the theme clearly at the top of the paper.
7. The following format should be used for referring books, articles in journals. Etc. in the reference: Tawhney, R. H. (1984), Religion and Rise of Capitalism, New York: Penguin Books. Das, Jitendra Kumar (2002). “Responding to Green Concerns: the Roles for Government and Business” Vikalp, Vol.27, No. I, pp3-19.
8. Present each figure and table on a separate page. All tables must be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals with appropriate titles.
9. Write numbers in figures (rather than words) for exact measurement and series of quantities, including percentages. Use thousands and millions rather than lakhs and crores.
10. Book review must contain the name of the author and the book reviewed place of publication and publisher, date of publication, number of pages and price.
11. A brief resume of the author/s should accompany the research articles.

12. Fees are as follows:
Submission of manuscript for Peer Review :Rs.500/-
Participation in the seminar Rs.1500/- (which includes stay on the seminar dates in the ICSSR Guest House and food). Those participating in the seminar will have to arrange for their own transport to and from Mumbai.

13. The fees should be paid in form of a Demand Draft in the name of The Finance and Accounts Officer, University of Mumbai.

Abstracts of Research Papers / Articles approved by the peer committee shall be printed after the seminar and a copy sent to all the participants and to authors/researchers whose papers are approved.

14. All manuscripts should be addressed to:

The Head,
Department of Communication and Journalism,
University of Mumbai,
2nd floor, Health Centre Building,
Vidyanagari, Kalina,
Santacruz East, Mumbai 400 098.


All papers will be single peer-reviewed by a blind jury.

Day I
Registration 9.00 to 10.00 AM

I Session : 10.15 AM to 12.00 Noon
Inaugural session

Chairman Dr. Rajan Welukar, VC, University of Mumbai

Key note speaker Prof Ram Mohan Pathak

Chief Guest Prof B.K. Kuthiala, VC, MCRPV University, Bhopal

Coffee Break :- 12.00 to 12.30

II Session 12.30 to 2.30

Subject :- Political events & legendary missionaries :- That Shaped Indian Journalism - (1947-2010)
(Special mention of Shri Baburao Vishnu Paradkar)

LUNCH BREAK – 2.30 TO 3.30

III Session :-3.30 TO 4.30
Paper Presentations
Theme 1
4.30 to 5.30
Theme 2

Paper presentation - "The changing role of journalism in the public sphere effects on narrative and representation of identity and social justice"


IV Session :- 9.30 to 10.30
Paper Presentations
Theme 3

COFFEE BREAK 10.30 to 11.00

11.00 to 12.00 Theme 4

12 to 1 Theme 5

Lunch Break 1 to 2 pm

VI Session : VALEDICTORY : 2.00 PM onwards.

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