Monday, 30 April 2012

Diploma in Media and Disability Communication


Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, (AYJNIHH) Mumbai, in collaboration with Department of Communication, University of Mumbai offers one-year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Media & Disability Communication, specializing in ‘Accessible Media Programs and Universal Design’ for careers in the media industry.

During the one-year course the students can learn to make various types of accessible media programs & products. They will have “hands on” experience in making short films in accessible format and learn how to increase the market of the digital media, through captioning, audio-description, Indian Sign Language (ISL) and accessible website creation etc.

To the students of this course, AYJNIHH & DCJ of University of Mumbai offers internet facility, professional video camera, editing facilities and expert teaching. Fees are Rs.19,000/- (for those not availing hostel facility) and Rs.31,600/ (for those availing hostel facility).

Eligibility criteria are a Diploma or Degree in Journalism/Communication or Public Relations course with 50% marks. Candidates who have appeared for their final examinations can also apply. Last date for application is 21ST MAY 2012. For course details contact: 022-26409465/09869993833

Wanted Researcher, not journalist

Scores of journalists have responded to the earlier announcement. It should be, however, noted that the Project Officer’s post is not for a journalistic job. Please read carefully the highlighted text before you write to

Project Officer- Media Research, Delhi

The Media Foundation requires a project officer to run a multi-state media research project involving audience research. Skills required include an understanding of media research methods, demonstrated administrative ability to run a research project, and appropriate post-graduate social science or communications qualifications. This is NOT a job which requires journalistic skills, but research organizing and monitoring skills. Qualified Dalit and OBC candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Work will involve organising focus group discussions, tracking tv programme monitoring by groups in different cities, consolidating data for processing, travel to all the states, supervising training workshops, liasing with partner instititutions, etc.
Educational Qualification:

Ph.D or post-graduate social science or communications qualifications

Experience Required:

Four to Five years of working or research experience in Communications or Social Science Research required. Preferred age: 28- 35 years.

Salary Offered :

Rs 35-40,000 depending upon experience and qualifications.

Contact : with CV and references. Last date for applications: May 7, 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Hoot needs Project Officer for multi-state research project

Following from Ms Sevanti Ninan:
The Media Foundation which runs the Hoot is looking for a person to run a  media research project on public service  broadcasting. The job is Delhi-based but involves travel to four states.  Details are given in this link as well as pasted below.

The Media Foudation requires a project officer to run a multi-state media research project involving audience research. Skills required include an understanding of media research methods, demonstrated administrative ability to run a research project, and appropriate post-graduate social science or communications qualifications. This is NOT a job which requires journalistic skills, but research organizing and monitoring skills. Qualified Dalit and OBC candidates are encouraged to apply.
Educational Qualification : Ph.D or post-graduate social science or communications qualifications
Experience Required : 4 to 5 years of working or research experience in Communications or Social Science Research required. Preferred age: 28- 35 years.
Salary Offered : Rs 35-40,000 depending upon experience and qualifications.
Contact : Contact with cv and references.
Last date for applications: May 7, 2012
Email To :

‘Life 365’ daily launched in Pune, but its not a ‘news’paper

Life 365’, a new English daily, made its appearance in Pune today. It is not a ‘news’paper in the conventional sense. Its Chief Editor Anand Agashe says the daily rejects negativity and seeks to promote good values in personal and public life.
It is not newsy, as the newspapers and news channels are. It promises to be 'An inspiring daily that touches your heart' going beyond headlines and breaking news that have been done to death on television the previous evening. Have look
Mr Agashe is a veteran journalist with rich experience of 30 years in The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Independent, Loksatta and Sakaal group of newspapers.

He says the daily will reject negativity and promote good values in public life through stories, articles, interviews and first person accounts that are essentially inspirational.

The Life 365 is the new product of the 41 year old media house owned by Aaj Ka Anand  Papers Ltd that brings out Aaj Ka Anand (Hindi daily) and Sandhyanand (Marathi). Mr Shyam Agrawal is the publisher and founder editor of the dailies and his son Anand the managing editor.

Mr Agashe says the content canvas of The Life 365 is glocal and care is taken to ensure that it is relevant for the target reader.  Several 'entry points' for readers have been kept in all the 16 pages to make the daily interactive and participatory. He believes that the 25 inch 'slim' look and full colour printing makes the daily stand out in the clutter.

Ms Vinita Deshmukh, another veteran journalist in Pune, is the Editor of Life 365. With nearly 20 years of experience in media, she was Senior Editor at The Indian Express, Pune. She also founded and edited a weekly magazine called Intelligent Pune that focused on civic issues. Vinita is also a Consulting Editor at Money Life. She is a staunch RTI activist and has been on the forefront of several civic campaigns.

The Aaj Ka Anand Group has engaged MediaNext Info-processors Pvt Ltd to structure the paper, set up an editorial team and provide editorial management for Life 365. All other operations (marketing, administration, circulation etc) are being handled by Aaj Ka Anand Group.

MediaNext is a multi-media communication and content company headed by Mr Agashe. Abhay Kulkarni and Amit Tekale are the other directors of MediaNext Info-processors. Both were his journalist colleagues in Sakaal earlier. 

Visit the website:

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Shivani Mathur of Jaipur and Saaniya Raashid of Nagpur have topped in All India FLAME Essay Challenge competition

Pune, April 10, 2012- Ms.  Shivani Mathur (Jaipur) and Ms. Saaniya Raashid (Nagpur) have emerged joint toppers in the All India FLAME Essay Challenge competition for graduate and post-graduate students organized by Pune-based FLAME School of Communication (FSC). They topped the list of participants who wrote 2000-word essays on ‘‘Is Indian Democracy Alive and Kicking?’

Ms. Shivani Mathur is a BSc (Home Science) student in
ICG, IIS University, Jaipur  while Ms. Saaniya Raashid studies BBA in Tirpude Institute of Social Work, Nagpur. They shared the Rs 10,000.00 award. 

The second prize of Rs 7500.00 was shared by Mr.
Sandeep Reddy Biddala, an undergraduate student in IIIT, Hyderabad and Mr. Satya Prakash Pandey,  a post-graduate student of National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Mangalore, Karnataka. 

The third prize of Rs 5000.00 was awarded jointly to Mr.
Gurtej Singh, a post-graduate  student of Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune, and Ms. Nupur Agarwal, a post-graduate student of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad. 

The FSC Dean, Prof. Achyut Vaze, announced the names of the winners among 579 students that had registered online. The competition was meant to be an all-India extension of the debate on the same theme organized by FSC students Feb 20-22, 2012 on the FLAME campus. 

Prof Vaze said, “We decided to offer opportunity to students also from other institutes and places in the country to express themselves on the same theme ‘Is Indian Democracy Alive and Kicking?’ They could express their views through essays. We asked them to write essays on the same theme and we offered prizes for the best essays.”

They were expected to discuss the current status of the Four Pillars of Democracy: Legislature, Executive, Judiciary, and Media. The posers were: Do you think these pillars have withstood the rough weather they have been facing during the post-Independence era? Can the people have faith in the democratic system at a time when these pillars have been criticized from all the quarters?

The panel of judges consisted of Prof. Vinay Hardikar, a senior faculty at FLAME, Mr. Joseph Pinto, a veteran journalist and journalism educator, and 
Prof.  Dr.  Kiran Thakur, the competition co-ordinator. 

On receiving the news about the result, Shivani Mathur said, ‘I am on cloud 9. I am running short of words to express my joy at this hour.”  She felt that the FLAME Essay Challenge was a unique opportunity for all college students to think about contemporary issues of national importance and form a firm opinion to take the country forward. “As I went in the depth of its theme, I felt proud of being an Indian. Indian democracy is one of its kind- motley, yet vibrant. I put in my heart and soul to give my best and developed the essay in ten days. I revised and updated the essay after the UP poll results. I never expected to be Numero Uno in the competition, but I am on cloud 9 now.” 

For Saaniya Raashid, the joint topper, it was ‘a really so exciting and thrilling news’  “This is a first time award and recognition for me, which I will remember forever.”

She said the theme of the essay was topical and very interesting. Such initiatives are required to create interests of the youth in our country’s political working.

My interest in the U P elections had prompted me to write this essay on our present political situation. I used to wonder that our people are so educated and progressive and in spite of this, they let the government become self-benefiting. It was intriguing for me to think why somebody does not raise this issue, why young people do not come forward to take some corrective measures when ours is a large and well-known democracy. The ‘Lokpal’ movement made me realise that people have now become interactive and are conscious of their rights and duties and the day is not far when we will have a responsive government. I sincerely believe that now onwards things will not be the same and a new vibrant democracy will take the country forward.

Satya Prakash Pandey
‘Is Indian Democracy Alive and Kicking?’ is a topic on which everybody wants to talk in today’s situation. Students are also not untouched by it. When I got the notice of this essay competition, conducted by Flame School of Communication, Pune, immediately I registered myself on its web. The theme selected by the School is really appreciable because every problems attached with the democracy is because of the reluctance of the educated in taking full participation into the politics. This essay competition will not only increase the interest of youngsters into the politics but also they will ponder about the current situations of democracy in India. I myself did a lot of homework for this essay and got to know many a things. After completing the essay the next stoppage was to know the result and when on 9th April I saw my name at second place my one week of  research and hard work got paid off. It feels very nice to participate and get some place in such competitions. I would like to thank Flame School of Communication for the initiative of conducting All India competitions on such relevant topic.

Gurtej Singh
"Winning any competition at the all India level is a great achievement and I feel FLAME did a great job in organizing it. Handling 550 registrations and then shortlisting entries is no mean task. I am sure the quality of essays was top notch as an esteemed panel of judges made the decisions. I congratulate the other winners on their efforts and feel even more confident at being recognized as one of the winning entries. The topic of Indian democracy is very much pertinent in today's time and its relevance and future scope is something that really needs to be thought about by the youth. I thank FLAME for bringing this theme for an all India competition for students to actively participate and think about such topics. I hope FLAME continues the good work in coming years"

Monday, 16 April 2012

India's Worst Journalists

Have you visited

If you haven't, do spare some time to go through the latest blog post until the end of the readers' comments at  

It will be useful particularly for the media teachers to educate their students on the image of celebrity journalists and their respective media houses.

Do please write your comments as well.

Kiran Thakur

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Media Watch launches websites

Mr S K Biswal, the Managing Editor of Media Watch, has sent us the following announcement:

Media Watch, an half-yearly mass communication research journal, has launched its website recently with the following URLs:

As you will recall, I have posted about the current issue of Media Watch. 

The website offers us a rich variety of news and features on Indian media. One can also join Facebook of the journal.  

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Plagiarism among academicians

The following should interest teachers in media schools as well:

The Fox in the Hen House: A Critical Examination of Plagiarism
among Members of the Academy of Management
BENSON HONIG McMaster University
Bishop’s University

Research on academic plagiarism has typically focused on students as the perpetrators of unethical behaviors, and less attention has been paid to academic researchers as likely candidates for such behaviors. We examined 279 papers presented at the International
Management division of the 2009 Academy of Management conference for the purpose of
studying plagiarism among academics. Results showed that 25% of our sample had some
amount of plagiarism, and over 13% exhibited significant plagiarism. This exploratory
study raises an alarm regarding the inadequate monitoring of norms and professional
activities associated with Academy of Management members

Interested to read further? Please visit

Mass Communication and Journalism EFL University Shillong Admission Programme

Prof Alankar Kaushik has sent us the following announcement:

EFL University, Shillong campus announces admissions to MA in Mass Communication and Journalism ( 4 Semester course).
Forms are available in the university link also it can be viewed and downloaded from . 

MA in Mass Communication and Journalism course in Shillong campus deals in areas viz

Print and New media
Video Production
Documentary filmmaking
Advertising and PR
Media Studies
Still Photography
Electronic and Radio Journalism

The department is also planning to offer courses like Conflict reporting and one specialized paper of Northeast and Media in coming semesters.

Last date for filled up form is : 30 April, 2012

Intake is 24 students ( MA MCJ, 1 Sem)

Written test is on : 26 May, 2012 ( Northeast students can attend their exam in Guwahati ( Code 08) and Shillong (Code 17) centers and the Oral test will be on 04 July, 2012 

Tentative date for admission into Shillong campus is 1 August,2012

The code for the Shillong campus is SH

Eligibility criteria : Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 55% marks  

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Seminar on Issues of Content and Technology in Contemporary Media

Following from  Prof Ambrish Saxena

Send Papers for National Seminar and get published in book with ISBN number.
Theme of seminar: "Issues of Content and Technology in Contemporary Media".
The seminar is being organised by the College of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Teerthanker Mahaveer University, on June 28, 29 and 30, 2012. 

For query: email- University website:

Invite by Prof Ambrish Saxena, 09810059895