Communication teachers, students and researchers in India now have an Indian refereed research journal.
The Media Mimansa, the critique magazine of the Bhpal-based Makhanlal Chaturvedi Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalaya, has become the peer-reviewed research journal beginning with its Volume IV, No. 1, July-September, 2010.
Those associated with me will recall that I have been discussing the need for launching such a journal for the past five-six years.
Everybody agreed, but who would take the lead? I even used to suggest that we could have an online journal, to begin with. During one informal meeting of media school heads, they asked me to take the initiative promising that they would support me in the endeavour.
I did take some steps, but let me confess: it was not an easy task, and I failed to move further. Soon, I retired as HoD and did not have any base to continue with the initiative.
I persisted and kept mentioning the proposal through this blog. I was delighted when peers in two communication schools ventured to bring out their annuals as journals. I expressed my happiness in so many words through the posts of this blog. In due course I realised, however, that it was not a smooth ride for the heads of the schools of the two institutes as they failed to bring out their next issues on time.
When Prof B K Kuthiala took over as Vice Chancellor of the Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, I congratulated him; and ventured to suggest that his university should launch refereed journal, in English and Hindi. In less than 20 minutes, I received his mail saying that a meeting of the University faculty had taken a decision to that effect earlier the same day.
The editorial signed by Prof Kuthiala in the latest issue promises us that the Media Mimansa would accept research papers both in English and Hindi. The papers will be published in both the languages to create a link between those working in English with those who read and write in Hindi.
The current issue is almost like a text book in Communication Research. It focuses on what, how and why of communication. More important, it has an Indian context in some, if not all, chapters covered in the issue. The issue provides us discussion on some finer points which are not easily available in Indian books on Communication research.
The Media Mimansa would send every research paper to at least two experts who would decide if it is worth published in the journal. The author would receive back the paper for modification if these referees make suggestions to that effect. If the author does not agree with the suggestion, the editor will send the paper to a third expert, as is the standard procedure followed by reputed journals all over the word.
I do hope that this journal will fulfil the need felt by young researchers, particularly the teachers in communication and journalism colleges and post-graduate departments. It is important for them not only in their academic pursuits but also for career advancement because the UGC has made it mandatory that only those research papers published in referred journals would be considered for appointments and promotions.
The Makhanlal Chaturvedi Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalay has done its job and has given us a research journal. It is up to the researchers to provide quality research papers that meet the international norms, and also subscribe to Media Mimansa so that the activity is sustained, and future researchers have references available in Indian context.
Volume 4, No. 1
Editor: Prof B K Kuthiala
Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication
Language Editors: Prof C K Sardana (English), Mr Raghvendra Singh (Hindi)
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