Friday, 26 August 2011


Prof Sudha Venkataswamy has announced the following:


 We would like to start this proposal with a few recent news headlines:
  •  Kashmir interlocutors create sceptical buzz in the Valley (The Hindu)
  • "Don't leave Afghanistan, India told U.S." (The Hindu)
  •  "Maoists renew attack, kill 10 cops"  (The Indian Express)
  •  "Kashmir paralysed by rape protest"  (The Times Of India)
  •  "India blamed for rights abuses in Sri Lanka" (Deccan Herald)
  • “Karzai: Afghanistan, US in peace negotiations with Taliban” (Wire services)
Two distinct themes can be drawn from the above headlines: conflict and its resolution. Many Asian countries have been areas of bitter conflict in the last few decades. Whether it is the war in Afghanistan, the conflict in the Pak-Afghan border, the recently ended Sri Lankan civil war, or the pockets of conflict in India that include Jammu and Kashmir and the Maoist conflict, they have all led to the loss of life and disruption of daily life in the affected areas. Citizens live in fear and often without basic necessities like food and shelter. A car bomb in the vegetable market or a suicide bomber in a place of worship: families are torn apart as innocents are murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These areas are isolated worlds in themselves.
The outside world comes to know about the conflicts and the resultant deaths only. Journalists cover the conflict areas in terms of death toll and attempts at resolution. Many journalists feel that they should never play a part in resolving conflicts and that their role is to report events and leave it at that. However, there have been an increasingly large number of media practitioners who feel media coverage of the background and causes of conflict can lead to quicker resolution and normalcy in the affected areas.  The concept of peace journalism emerged from this school of thinkers.
Peace Journalism is a relatively new concept that emerged in the 1970s, and was first used by Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist and a pioneer in peace and conflict studies. Peace Journalism is suggested as an alternative to war reporting. This disregards the traditional journalistic value of objectivity to some extent, and calls for the reporters to be advocates of conflict resolution. 
 The one-day seminar seeks to expose students to subtle and overt issues relating to conflict reporting, interactions between media, government, army and the intelligence,  and the relevance of peace journalism. The seminar will try hone the students’ critical thinking on the following crucial questions:
1)      How should journalists approach conflict reporting?
2)      How should journalists overcome the stress and trauma that is a natural, human reaction to conflict reporting?
3)      How do government and military organisations view media coverage of conflict?
4)      How practical is peace journalism in a media industry that is event-driven?

DATE : Friday, September 16, 2011

 1)      Mr. N Sathiyamoorthy, Senior Research Fellow & Director, Chennai Chapter, Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
THEME: The Srilankan Conflict: The Covered and the ‘Un’covered
Mr. Sathiyamoorthy will address the various issues of Sri Lankan ethnic conflict to outline the difficulties faced by the news media in covering war-torn areas of Sri Lanka. He will discuss the influences of government restrictions on coverage, self-regulatory mechanisms in place for the media, if any, and the sensitivities of covering the human angle of conflict.
2)      Mr. P K Hormis Tharakan, former chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and former DGP, Kerala

THEME: Intelligence and Media Interactions for Conflict Resolution
Can the Intelligence wings, the Police and the Media work together to provide meaningful, resolution-oriented coverage of conflicts? What is the right amount of information that can be revealed to the media in an ongoing conflict situation? Mr. Hormis Tharakan will address these questions and more in an attempt to expose students to the intricacies of breaking and sustaining news coverage of domestic conflict including terror-attacks, rioting and communal strife.
 3)      Mr. Ifthikar Gilani, Daily Times,Kashmir Times, Dawn

THEME: The Kashmir Conflict: The Relevance of Peace Journalism
Mr. Gilani will talk about the possible role of the news media in bringing about peace in conflict-stricken areas of Kashmir and the need to bring the plight of the common people to the public eye. He will expose the participants to the issues of Kashmir Conflict at the grassroots level, and the facilitator’s garb that the media can wear to bring about resolution
 4)       Lt. Gen (retd.). K. Nagaraj, former chief of the South-Western Command, who has also served in Jammu and Kashmir and has first-hand knowledge of insurgency in the state and its reporting by the media

THEME: Managing Media in conflict areas
Where does the freedom of media end and national security begin? Army officials and journalists are never likely to agree upon an answer to this question. Lt. Gen Nagaraj will talk about the need for self-regulation in the news media, the difficulties faced in imparting all information to the media, the techniques employed and the difficulties faced by both parties concerned in conflict areas. 

1)      All students and Faculty of Amrita School of Communication
2)      Interested students and faculty from other schools and departments of Ettimadai and other Amrita campuses
3)      Students of Journalism and Communication from Departments of Mass Communication & Journalism in Universities and Journalism schools.
Registration Fees: Rs 500/-
Students: Rs 250/-
Accommodation if required will be provided at a nominal fee on prior request.

Contact: Sudha Venkataswamy

National seminar on Media, Literature and Language from November 11 to 13 in Mumbai

Prof Meenakshi Upadhyay, Assistant Professor, of the Department of Communication & Journalism, University of  Mumbai, informs us that
the Department and Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Communication & Journalism, Bhopal, have organized a national seminar on Media, Literature and Language on November 11th -13th, 2011 at the University of Mumbai, Kalina Campus.
Is news writing literature? Is it literature in a hurry? Is it the responsibility of the media to upgrade language? Can media shoulder this responsibility? What is the interface between media, literature and language? These are the questions that the seminar aims to address.  

Proposed Themes

Ø  Cinema, Literature and Language
Ø  New media, Literature and Language
Ø  Globalised media and Language
Ø  Media and the emerging diasporic cultures
Ø  Multiculturism, Literature and Language in Media

Submission of abstracts and full papers
Send the abstract and full papers to Prof. Meenakshi Upadhyay on the following email address:

All abstracts are peer reviewed by an expert committee in the respective fields. Only abstracts accepted for presentation will be notified for submitting the final and full papers.

Abstract Submission
September 15, 2011
Abstract acceptance notification
September 18, 2011
Paper Submission
October 10, 2011
Paper acceptance
October 15, 2011

Delegates (Outstation) Boarding and Lodging
Rs. 3000/-
Delegates (Local)
Rs. 1000/-
Students (Outstation), Boarding and Lodging
Rs. 1500/-
Students (Local)
Rs. 500/-

  • Demand Drafts for registration to be made in the name of ‘The Finance and Accounts Officer, University of Mumbai’.
  • Please send the draft on the following address:
Department of Communication and Journalism,
2nd Floor, Health Centre Building,
Vidyanagari Campus, Kalina,
Mumbai 400 098.

Receipts of those registered will be given at the time of the conference.

Please note:-
  • Accommodation is on a sharing basis
  • The accommodation will be provided between 10th evening to 13th afternoon
  • Accommodation is on a first come first serve basis. Seats limited.
For any query on registration of the programme contact:

Ms. Archana Ramesh

Conference Secretary
Meenakshi Upadhyay
Assistant Professor
Contact: 022-26526068

Revised dates for International Conference on Diversity & Plurality in Media

Pl refer to, the earlier post of this blog,
Prof. Devesh Kishore, the Director of International Conference on Diversity & Plurality in Media - Reflections of Society, has announced that
On the request of participants the date of International Conference on Diversity & Plurality in Media - Reflections of Society has been extended by one day. Now it will be held from 27 to 28 December, 2011. This change has been made due to Christmas holidays.

Monday, 22 August 2011

The Hoot offers research internships for Media students

The Hoot is offering ten short term research internships for students, to be completed between October and December 2011. The last date for applying is September 30.
Proposals should be related to monitoring or studying Indian media, in English or a regional language, print, television or online. Regional media proposals, relating to media catering to regional (state) or language audiences, are especially welcome. For example, any media local to Andhra Pradesh or Gujarat or West Bengal, be it in Telugu or Gujarati or Bengali or English.

Student applicants are advised to pick a narrow, manageable subject of enquiry based on a trend or topic of media coverage they wish to explore. The proposal will have to explain the scope of the study, and the methodology. They can choose any topic related to TV news or entertainment, or any aspect of newspaper or magazine coverage, in a regional language, or in English. They are also encouraged to come up with research topics related to online media. They  can explore a specific query related to social media, or blogs or websites.
Student applicants  should be from a recognized media department  and will have to have an academic supervisor who will guide them both in shaping the proposal and then executing it, if it is selected for the research internship.
For each selected project there will be a first draft deadline, and a final deadline.
There is no specified word length, but the final findings have to be written up in a maximum draft of 2500 words.
These internships are open to graduate, post graduate or PhD students from any part of the country. Completed projects will be published on the Hoot, and  we will pay Rs 10,000 (ten thousand) for them.
Each application must be accompanied with the name and contacts of the academic supervisor, who will be expected to confirm that they will be supervising execution of the project.
The last round of research internships was conducted in the first quarter of 2011, and links are given below to these projects to give some idea of the subjects selected, and the manner of execution. Students are advised to pick manageable topics.
Send your proposals to Deadline for proposals: September 30, 2011.

Links to 2011 student research projects on the Hoot:


Hindustan Samachar organises seminar on Challenges Before Indian Democracy

Mr Pranav Bhonde, the Chief of Bureau (Maharashtra and Goa), the Hindustan Samachar, has sent me the following invitation for the seminar on Challenges before Indian Democracy

Hindusthan Samachar
(The Multilingual National News Agency)
Maharashtra & Goa Bureau, Mumbai, 
Director and Chairman, Regional Managing Committee
& (Bureau Chief), Maharashtra & Goa Bureau
Shri. Ravindra Sanghvi
Shri. Pranav Bhonde
Cordially invites you for
The Seminar on

“Challenges Before Indian Democracy

Key Note Address : Smt. Sushma Swaraj, (Leader of the Opposition, Lok Sabha)

Chief Speaker : Dr. Subramanian Swamy, (President, Janata Party),

Shri Eknath Thakur, (Chairman, Saraswat Bank & Former M.P. Rajyasabha) to preside

On Saturday, 27 August, 2011 at 05.00 PM
Venue: Vasant Smriti Auditorium, Dadasaheb Phalke Road, Near Ranjeet Studio, Dadar (E.), Mumbai 400014

RSVP On : 9869866814 / 9869408976 / 022-22048262

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

International Conference on Diversity & Plurality in Media- Reflections of Society in Bhopal

Makhanlal. Chaturvedi National, University of Journalism and Communication, has organised an International Conference on Diversity & Plurality in Media- Reflections of Society, On December 26-27th  2011 in Bhopal.
The foundation of ancient Bhartiya (Indian) civilization is based upon the eternal concept of unity in diversity. To be diverse is the law of nature but there is an element of commonality in every creation. Integral Humanism is a social philosophy that explains the intricacies of human relationship within and outside world. Communication as an essentiality of human behavior and media as its extension has to be diverse in nature and scope.
But the organized media is structured in such a manner that it is conditioned to ignore the spectrum of the diversity and project certain activities, events, thoughts and ideologies more than the other . This does it have the capacity to be objective. Do we live with these aberrations? Or else scholars and media persons should look for alternate structural option?
Conference plans to address the issues related to Diversity and Plurality from an Asian Perspective.
 Proposed Themes
·         Unity in Diversity: Concept and Manifestation
·         Dynamics of Diversity in Media Structures
·         Democracy and Diverse Media Content
·         Ethnic Group and Diversity in Media
·         New Media: Reality and Virtuality
·         Measuring Diversity and plurality in Media
·         Training for Diversity and plurality in Media content
·         Social Exclusion and Media
·         Strategic Communication and Managing Change
·         Defining Role & Function of Media in terms of  Integral Humanism
·         Caste & Class in Media structure & Content
·         Media and Politics of Minorities
·         Social Diversity and its Reflection in Media
·         Ethics in Diversified Communication

Notification inviting abstract (300-400 Words)                    August 30th ,
Deadline for registration                                                      30th September,
Deadline for submitting full papers                                    30th October, 2011

Registration Fee                                                      

till 30th Sept 
After 30th Sept.
Foreign Delegates (With boarding & lodging)
US $500                                    
US $600               
Indian Delegates (With boarding
Rs 8000
Students ( with Boarding &lodging)
Rs 4000
Rs 5000
Indian Delegates (Without boarding & lodging)      
Rs 4000
Rs 5000
Students (Without boarding & lodging)                            
Rs 2000                        
Rs 2500

Travel and Accommodation
Faculty, Post doctoral fellows Research Scholars may avail different kinds of travel grants/ fellowships under various exchange programs to attend the conference.
Many Institutions abroad and in India as well, offer travel grants for the purpose of research, presenting papers or to attend conferences overseas. We wish to well come all those to avail such opportunity to attend the conferences. Over 50 international 150 national delegates would be accommodated in the conference. Hence we would like to invite the enthusiastic scholars, having such grants to visit India and present papers, to submit their abstracts early registration fees (both online).
Submission of abstracts and full papers
Send the abstract and full papers to Prof. Devesh Kishore.  All the abstract are peer reviewed by the experts committee in the respective fields. Only abstracts accepted for presentation would be notified for submitting the final and full papers.
Responsible for organization of Conference
Prof. Dr.Devesh Kishore,
Director International Conference & Professor Research,
Mob. 09871448931,
Registration and Details of Programme:
Dr. Pavitra  Shrivastava,                                                                                      
Makhanlal. Chaturvedi .National, University of Journalism and Communication,
B-38,Vikas Bhawan, Opposite, Dak Bhawan ,Press Complex, Zone-1, M.P.Nagar, Bhopal,M.P.-462011, Mob.09827258572,  e-mail-