Saturday, 24 March 2012

University of Mumbai's Ph.D. ENTRANCE TEST (MARCH-APRIL 2012)

University of Mumbai has announced schedule for PhD entrance examination as per the following details:

Faculty of Arts, Commerce, Science, Law and Technology.

 Date and Time of Entrance Test:- Saturday,28th April,2012 at 11.00 a.m. to 02: 00 p.m.Starting Date for acceptance of Application Form: - 22nd March, 2012.
Last Date for acceptance of Application Form: - 13th April, 2012 up to 2.30 p.m.
 - As per the Ordinances O.5473, O.5474, O.5476 of the University of Mumbai as mentioned in the VCD No. Exam./Thesis/ Univ./VCD/ 2414 of 2010 (Refer Annexure - I for VCD & Annexure - II for UG-441 of 2005 Circular)
Registration fees along with Application Form:- A Demand Draft in the name of 'Finance & Accounts Officer' of the University of Mumbai or in cash of Rs.1000/- for General Category and Rs.500/- for Reserved Category as mention in VCD.Syllabus for the Entrance Test: - The various topics included in the compulsory/core papers at Post Graduate Degree level programme in the respective Research Subject of the University of Mumbai. (ReferAnnexure - III for the list of Research Subjects).Exemption from test:As mentioned in clause No.9 of said VCD (Refer Annexure - I for VCD) The Exempted Candidates shall submit their application on or before 14th May,2012 directly to the concerned research centre as per clause No.11.1(a).(In case of any doubt candidate may contact to Thesis Section). 
     The details of subject wise vacancy position of Ph.D. sets along with the Recognized Research Center and guiding teachers are shown in the Annexure-IV. However, the number of vacancy may change due to transfer of guiding teacher from one Institution to another Institute (Refer Annexure - IV for details.) 
     The candidates can download the Application Form for the said Entrance Test from the University website and submit it along with the attested photocopy of previous Educational Qualification and work experience certificates (if any) to the Room No.129, First Floor, Thesis Section, Fort Campus of the University on or before 13th April, 2012 up to 2: 30 p.m. ( refer Annexure - V  for Application Form)    
     The Pre Ph.D. Course work is mandatory except for those who have been granted exemption as per U.G.C. rules and regulations which are mentioned in the VCD No. Exam./Thesis/ Univ./VCD/ 2414 of 2010 dated 18th November, 2010  
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Friday, 23 March 2012

Needed copy editors/reporters for news portal from Odisha

Following from Mr Nilambar Rath

We are looking for some copy editors/reporters for a leading news portal published from Odisha. Candidates to be sound in English language, good at journalistic understanding and creative. Interest in web production and video production is desired. Entry level candidates can also apply. Send CVs to '' with a copy to ''.   

Nilambar Rath
Media Professional and Communication Trainer
Editorial Advisor,

Cell: +91-93371 41944
Personal Web:

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Documentary Photography workshop with Arindam Mukherjee in Kolkatta

Photojournalist, Arindham Mukherjee, has organised a Documentary Photography Workshop in Kolkata. (See some beautiful work to the site, with one of his stories (The Gulabi Gang) already appearing in Grazia magazine in the UK. He's received some impressive awards and worked with a number of international photo agencies - there's more information on his website.

Number of seats are 20, which will be available on first come first serve basis.Cost - Rs. 5000.00Timing – 10.00 Am to 1 pm –recess – 2 pm to 6 pmWorkshop details
1st day
• Portfolio review of participants with detailed discussion
• Projection of Arindam’s and other renowned photographers' work with detailed discussion
• Tips on documentary photography and cinematic angles.

2nd day
•  Photographers will shoot in Kolkata to practice the first day’s session and join the class at 12 Noon

After lunch
• Discussion and individual assessment of the days shoot
• Discussion about building up a photo story/portfolio
• Discussion on shot divisions

3rd day
• Editing (shot selections)
• Discussion on Thematic work, Issue based work and Narrative work
• Discussion on photographic market place
• Discussion on presentation
• Discussion on how to work according to market demand
• Pricing your photography
• Copyright issues
• Collaborations and pitching stories

• Technical discussions are not a part of this workshop

Closing date for registration – 26th March 2012.
Contact details:
Phone: 09830346127

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

IGNOU and DEF partner for Certificate Course in ‘Citizen Journalism and Citizen Media Leaders’

Prof Mrinal Chatterjee has forwarded the following announcement sent to him by the following.

"This is to inform you that DEF in a partnership with IGOU has started Citizen Journalism Course of three months. Attached is concept Note & application form. 

Please circulate in your circle and help us in spreading this course programme. The course will start from 1 May, 2012." 

For details, please contact them directly. Kiran Thakur

Institute of Vocational Education & Training

Certificate Course in ‘Citizen Journalism and Citizen Media Leaders’
  A.     About Citizen Journalism

The ‘Citizen Journalism’ is news created by amateur reporters, who were previously seen as audiences, viewers and readers. The term ‘Citizen Journalism’ refers to the active participation and expression of the citizen on contemporary issues. Members of the society actively playing role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, disseminating news and information other than professional journalists are citizen journalists. Citizen journalism (also known as public, participatory, democratic or street journalism) is a voluntary contribution in providing reliable information on relevant issues by the society and for the society.

The Citizen Journalism mainly points out:

·         Freedom of expression
·         Revelation and expression of real social problems (first hand information from the source)
·         Reliable user generated information and suggestions
·         No limit of using professional journalism tools
·         Collective efforts on emergence of social issues
·         Disseminating information using advance technology and media tools
·         Modern age citizen-weapon to fight for common man’s rights

B.     Background

Citizen Journalism with its variants in Public Journalism or Civic Journalism acquired the status of a movement in the early 2000s, particularly in the United States. But the origins of Citizen Journalism are as old as journalism, when pamphlets and reports were issued by citizens.
In the process of developing and disseminating the information through the modern media tools people found their own ways to reach to the corners of the world and exhibit the independent and collective efforts towards their social responsibilities and solutions.

Modern technology has helped citizens to capture pictures, video-audio recordings of the relevant problem and issues. Gradually, it has found its means and has taken a shape and people have reported and written on each and every subject matter of society irrespective of their educational and professional background.

 The term, Citizen Journalism derived from South Korean Online entrepreneur, Oh Yeon Ho’s who declared “every citizen is a reporter” in 2000. The phenomenon, ‘Citizen Journalism’ expanded its worldwide influence in 2008 in spite of continuing concerns over whether ‘citizen’ journalists were real journalists. Citizens, living in disaster zones provided instant text and visual reporting from the scene.
 Off-late the citizen journalism acquired all kinds of social media tools, including blogging, Facebook, and Twittering and now it is emerging as an alternative media ecology that has gained attention of the media professionals and academics alike.

C.      Why Citizen Journalism?

The ‘Citizen Journalism’ epitomizes the belief that the experiences of people personally involved with an issue present a different – and often more complete – with pictures of events that can be derived from the perspective of an outsider.

The need for citizens as journalists and for citizen journalists has been increasingly felt as media companies with their business and professional news gathering models do not necessarily commit enough resources to covering issues that beset a democracy such as ours or do not have any incentive to cover problems from a wide swath of society. But not covering these problems and issues does not wish away the reality. And that is precisely where citizen journalists can reclaim the conversation. It needs to be remembered that the freedom of the press in India is an extension of the freedom of expression given to each citizen.

The significance of the Public Journalism can be witnessed in India currently through Anti Corruption Movement. Public forums are full of anti corruption slogans and dialogues. And all websites, news papers and magazines have been a medium to take public poll/ vote. Anna Hazare, a man who introduced Jan Lokpal bill (citizens' ombudsman bill) against the corrupt policies of the government, has been able to outreach all over the world and got support from 1.2 billion Indians overnight. The power of this democratic journalism is such that government is ready to surrender to wishes of the citizens on issues impacting our society at large.  

This was never before so much easy to expand any news in seconds to the whole world and get quick replies on every post. If somebody ever wanted to outreach any audience he had to go through the gates between the society and the common people i.e. Print / Electronic media and waited for the approval. But this time any man can take the initiative and report on any incident happening in any place in this world. New media tools shortened the limits and made it all in one-touch- go process.

D.     Who Are Citizen Journalists?

Anyone can be a citizen journalist -- seniors, students, scholars, homemakers, the homeless, immigrants, nuns, etc.

 E.      Challenges in Citizen Journalism Reporting
 There we find three types of citizen journalism, print media CJ, Electronic media CJ and Internet CJ. The communication and reporting come under the first two can be considered as falling in standard format of journalism as these two mediums are kept safe by the gate keepers. But the last type, which takes help of internet medium having the largest customers and consumers, without gate keeping can question on the reliability of the source and the medium and the information. The professionals find no feedback system and editing system in this step and which suspects raw information directly coming from the source.

Questions which can be hit on the Internet Citizen Journalism:

a.       Quality of the content
b.       Credibility of the source
c.       Language and literature
d.       filtration of the content

A vocational course on Citizen Journalism can fill such gaps and create enthusiastic and promising democratic journalists who can deploy new line media (multimedia) and alternative media (internet) to capture, report, analyze and spread the information and help society and citizenship grow and have success in all perspectives.

F.      IIVET & DEF Citizen Journalism Course Benefits

v  Designed as an Online programme
v  Conducted by professionals and experts of IGNOU People’s  University
v  Provides critical training in new media, citizen journalism and empowerment to old and new generation of citizens.

 G. Mode of Course Delivery
The course is online instructor led training. After the enrollment of 100 entries, applicants will be guided to respective instructors who shall guide his / her students to complete the project work and assignments leading towards final award of certificates. The mode of communication will be largely Internet driven.
IIVET & DEF Citizen Journalism Course
Course Outline                                                                Duration: 3 Months

 Citizen Journalism course content is not based on community or collaborative journalism or professional journalism. The idea behind the course is to arm the citizen with the new media technology tools and provide guidance for using journalism in an exquisite form.  Course is divided into 6 units and every unit contains one project at the end of the unit.

Unit I: Conceptualizing Citizen’s Journalism
1.       Background of Citizen’s Journalism
2.       Changing notions of Journalism
3.       Platform for Citizen Journalists
·         Project - I

Unit II: Essential skills of a Citizen Journalist
1.       What is News
2.       Types of New
3.       Basics of News Writing
4.       News Selection
5.       Importance of Interviews
6.       Art of Interviewing
·         Project - II

Unit III:  Ethical Conceptualization of Citizen Journalism
1.       Media Laws and Ethics
2.       Issues of Credibility
3.       Issues of Punctuality and Fairness
4.       Importance of verifying information
·         Project - III

Unit IV: Citizen Journalism & New Media
1.       A brief introduction to New Media
2.       Blogs and Citizen Journalism
3.       Websites and Citizen Journalism
4.       Integrating multimedia content
5.       Mobiles and Citizen Journalism
6.       Audio clips, podcasting and Citizen Journalism
7.       Basics of digital photography
8.       Basics of videography
·         Project - IV

Unit V: Folk Media for Citizen Journalism
·         Project - V

Unit VI: Community Radio
·         Project - VI

Monday, 19 March 2012

IIMC invites applications for admissions to its five courses

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has invited applications for following courses.
1. Post-graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (English), New Delhi, Dhenkanal (Orissa), Amravati
    (Maharashtra),  Aizawl (Mizoram), Jammu (J&K) and Kottayam (Kerala)
2. Post-graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (Hindi), New Delhi
3. Post-graduate Diploma Course in Radio & Television Journalism, New  Delhi
4. Post-graduate Diploma Course in Advertising and Public  Relations, New Delhi
5. Post-graduate Diploma Course in Journalism (Oriya) Dhenkanal branch  (Orissa)
Duration: August 2012 to April 2013
Eligibility: Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Those who have appeared/appearing in final degree examination are also eligible to apply.

Associate Professor needed in Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, TISS

Centre for Media and Cultural Studies (CM&CS):

The CM&CS is one of the four independent centres of TISS, engaged in media production, teaching, research and dissemination. Through its programs, the Centre has been working towards a critical perspective on media, culture, society and development. A unique feature of the Centre is the close linkage between the technical and academic areas of its work. The work of the Centre straddles both realms, thus facilitating a synergy between research, teaching and production. CMCS offers a Master’s programme in Media and Cultural studies. The Centre is seeking applications for the following positions:

Specific Qualification/Experience & number of posts:

Associate Professor (1 Post) SC.

Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Mass Communication,
Journalism, New Information Technologies and allied areas.

Desirable: (1) Professional experience of minimum 3 years of research or teaching in the areas of Cultural Studies and /or Media Studies, (2) Experience and knowledge of working with media production technologies and processes.

Last date for apply: 9th April

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Media Watch latest issue: good quality reference source

Let me congratulate the Centre for Communication Studies, Puri, Odisha,  for its January-June 2012 issue of Media Watch. It is only the third volume and it has brought in better quality of contents that will be useful to researchers, teachers and students. With Prof J V Vil’anilam, the former Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala, as Guest Editor, the editorial team has been able to rope in veteran media teachers to contribute.
It has articles and papers by Mira K Desai, N N Pattnaik, Pitabas Pradhan, Lakhsmi Lund, P E Thomas, G Anita, Charulata Singh, Mirnal Chatterjee, G P Pandey, Charu Joshi, VR Ravathy, I Arul Aram, Vijaykumar Meti, Suresh Jange, Van Robots and Mark Goodman. I have not yet gone through the entire issue, but have read the articles on Paid News because this is one of my interest areas. These articles I found to be useful to several scholars who have taken up different facets of this malaise in English and non-English newspapers in the country.  
I have earlier pointed out in this blog that communication and journalism schools in India have now the benefit of half-a-dozen research journals. These provide good opportunity to the teachers and scholars to publish their research papers and also as a platform to interact. The Media Watch is indeed among such journals. If you have not yet subscribed to Media Watch, I recommend that you do it now as a good reference source.
The address:

The Editor
Media Watch
Centre for Communication Studies
SCS College Road, Near Amala Club
Puri 752001 Odisha


Editor: Dr R C Pattnaik, Honorary Editor: Dr S N Pattanik, Managing Editor: S K Biswal, and Editorial Coordinator: S B Nayak

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Authentic data for your research on media use, Internet penetration and so on

I am sure you must have come across stories in newspapers today about the data released by the Registrar General of India. Most journalists covered points about penetration of computers, internet, TV, Radio and so on.
If you have not checked the website already, I suggest please visit the following:

It's a gold mine of authentic data that may be useful to you, your students and other researchers. Have patience: it may take time to download, but it is worth waiting for the download.

Radio Namaskar Needs a Station Manager

Radio Namaskar, the first community radio of Odisha requires STATION MANAGER, who will facilitate the process of programme production,content development, content sourcing & overall station management.

Must be a Post Graduate with minimum 3 years experience in Odia Journalism, radio programme production, content development & sourcing.

Remuneration will be fixed as per skill and expertise of candidate. Avg package Rs10000/- pm.
Contact us at '

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Posts at SNDT University

Prof Radha Mishra has sent in the following announcement for the posts of Assistant Prof (open) and Asso Prof. (reserved).

Please visit 

Completed applications must reach before 10.4.2012.


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Search for New Secretary General for AMIC

Following is received from Prof Dr Maria Mercedes F. Robles, the AMIC Acting Secretary General. Please respond to the announcement by applying yourself or passing it to others who you think deserves to be lead the ASIAN MEDIA INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION CENTRE. Kiran Thakur

AMIC is a leading international NGO dedicated to the development of Asian media and communication expertise among scholars, practitioners and students. It is recruiting a new Secretary General (SG) to lead the organisation, who will be headquartered in Singapore.

The SG provides intellectual leadership and strategic direction in the planning and implementation of a structured programme of activities, including research, publications, conferences, and workshops. He or she plays a critical role in developing and maintaining an extensive network of international funding agencies and collaborative organisations that help sustain AMIC’s activities. As the public face of AMIC, the SG represents a membership spread across 30 countries, and often speaks as a leading voice of Asian media. The SG is responsible for the overall management of the AMIC Secretariat and reports to a governing board elected by the membership. A Board of Management serves as an advisory group to the SG.

Strong intellectual and leadership qualities.
High level academic qualifications, preferably a PhD; high level of media practice
would be an advantage.
Thorough understanding of Asian media developments and dynamics.
Expertise in nurturing networks and generating project funding.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to cope with frequent international travel and numerous deadlines.

Terms & Conditions:
Renewable contract of three years, with a one-year probation period.
Compensation package commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Economy-class airfare for family (with children up to age 18) once every three years and
limited relocation expenses at the beginning and end of contract.
Annual leave of 21 days.
Notice of Termination must be served at least three months ahead by either party.
Application: Please send in your application with full CV and three references to

Additional information on AMIC and its activities may be found at:

Closing Date: 15 May 2012

I reproduce the following appeal from Prof Dr Maria Mercedes F. Robles:

8 March 2012
Dear AMIC Members and Friends:
Greetings from AMIC!
On behalf of the Board and Members, I thank Dr. Sundeep Muppidi for his two-year stint as Secretary-General of AMIC. His leave from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, has ended. We are grateful for his service, which resulted in many positive developments in our organisation. He continues to help with some projects and will undoubtedly be an active AMIC member and supporter.
In view of the return of Dr. Muppidi to his home University, we have embarked on a search for a new Secretary General. The incoming SG will begin his/her term at an auspicious time as AMIC celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year.
I have agreed to serve as Acting Secretary General in the interim period. I have been on the Board of Directors since 2007 and since 2009, its Deputy Chair.
The advertisement for the job is appended below. Should you consider yourself suitable for the position, do consider applying for the job. We shall also be very grateful if you would help us spread the word around and pass on this ad to suitable candidates.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 15 May 2012. Your help is most appreciated.

Warm thanks and regards.
Yours sincerely,

Maria Mercedes F. Robles
Acting Secretary General

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

M.Sc. (Science and Technology Communication) Anna University admission notice

Prof Dr. I. Arul Aram has sent in the following announcement:

Anna University, Chennai, offers the two-year programme M.Sc. (Science and Technology Communication) through its Department of Media Sciences. Application forms can be downloaded from the university website: . The last date for downloading the application form from the website is March 16, 2012.

What is Science Communication?
Communication forms the core of several fields of activity. Science Communication is an interface between science and communication. It builds bridges and dialogues in societies on the issues of science. It plays a vital role in throwing light on the inventions of scientists to the common people. Science and technology organizations – be it research laboratories or corporate companies – need expertise in getting across their findings / technical information in the form of reports, video documentation, articles, press releases, etc. A good number of outsourced jobs such as technical editing and corporate e-learning involve communicating in simple English.

The Department of Media Sciences has excellent multimedia laboratory facilities, and audio and video studios with the latest technology to offer hands-on training to students. The multimedia laboratory is equipped with the latest versions of 2D and 3D software.

Placement opportunities
Job opportunities include journalism, corporate communication, e-learning, and technical writing. The students are also employed as public relations personnel, event managers, animators for films, and a host of other jobs. Three batches have already passed out and the placement is cent percent with salaries ranging from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 35,000 a month.

The total intake is 20 students. Eligibility for the degree programme is any bachelor degree holder with Physics and Chemistry at the Plus Two level. Sponsored candidates may also apply.

For further details, you may contact the following faculty members.
· Dr. I. Arul Aram – 09789072466
· Ms. V.R. Revathy – 09840993560
· Ms. K. Sunitha – 09994237111