Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Call for papers on Representation of Social Issues for Media Watch journal

Dr. R.C. PATTNAIK has mailed me the following announcement:

Centre for Communication Studies

The Media Watch, research, news and features journal on Journalism and Mass Communication invites research papers on:

Representation of Social Issues in Film  
For its forthcoming issue January-June 2013.

With the cooperation from media researchers, teachers and eminent media scholars, the Centre for Communication Studies has been regularly bringing out mass communication research and studies journal, ‘Media Watch’ for some years now. In its earlier issues, the journal has published papers and articles on some of the important issues in journalism, new media, media and human rights, paid news, broadcasting, and information and communication technologies.

The journal has been publishing articles and research papers on specialised themes in journalism and mass communication from its inception.  

The current issue of the journal, July-December 2012, has published specialised research papers on ‘New Media and Human Rights.’

The next issue of the journal, January-June 2013 will mainly focous on ‘Representation of Social Issues in Film.’  

Research papers are invited for publication in the journal by October 30, 2012.

Please Note

Authors are requested to adhere to Media Watch’s style sheet posted on Media Watch Website (www.mediawatchglobal.com). Contributions may be sent preferably by e-mail.  Acknowledgement will be sent immediately.

For any inquiry, please write to Editor, Media Watch at mediajournal@ymail.com 
Editor, Media Watch
Mobile : +91-94395 37641

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Latest issue of Journal of Global Communication

Prof Mira Desai has forwarded the following information about the latest issue of Journal of Global Communication. I believe topics of the research papers in the issue will be immense interest of media teachers. Please have a look at the table of contents. For other details of the journal, please visit:

kiran thakur

Journal of Global Communication
Year 2012, Volume-5, Issue-1 (January-June)
Print ISSN : 0974-0600
Online ISSN : 0976-2442
Table of contents RSS Feed

Research Articles
Information and Training Needs of Coastal Fisherfolk of Ernakulam District in Kerala
V. Geethalakshmi, J. Charles Jeeva, S. Balasubramaniam, R. Parvathy, M. Nasser
Perceived Effect of Internet Use on Students Overall Performance
S. Subash, K.S. Kadian, G. Prasad Babu, Asif Mohammad
Review Articles
Issues and Challenges in the Formation of Women Activity Clusters in Fisheries
Nikita Gopal, R. Parvathy, Mohamed Azharudeen, M. Nasser

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

International Conference on Women and Media

Please note that the conference is 'International.'  Deadline for abstract is July 25, 2012 and for full papers is August 05, 2012.
Kiran Thakur

Dates               :           24-25 August 2012
Organised by   :           Department of Visual Communication and Women Cell (AASC)
Venue              :           Alpha Arts and Science College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
The media, a reporting device until few years back, has evolved into a powerful and vibrant tool in influencing the public opinion. Projection of women in media is in a state of perplexity with glamour image on one hand and the traditional sacrificial woman on the other.
The National conference on “Women and Media would be a platform to gain a critical insight into the current media expose of women and enable in promoting a fair and balanced portrayal of womankind in and through the media. We invite papers, from across disciplines, that examine in contemporary or historical context the uses made of visual, verbal & written language in sections of the mass media (television & print, primarily) with a particular focus on the relationship between these conventional understandings of the respective sectors in the media field.
Sub themes :
1.      Portrayal of women and gender stereotyping
2.      Coverage of women and women’s issues
3.      Beauty and the Body image
4.      Any other relevant theme
Papers will be selected on a competitive basis and an expert panel will be appointed for screening all the submissions.
Kindly email the full papers (approximately 15 pages in length and double spaced) or an abstract (maximum 1 page and double spaced) along with contact information and a 200-word biodata to malinihema2002@yahoo.co.in by July 25, 2012.
Results of the call for papers will be sent out starting from July 30, 2012. The deadline for the completed papers will be August 05, 2012.
Please note that by submitting your paper, you agree that you (or at least one of the co-authors, if more than one) plan to register and present the paper in person at the conference. 
 For more information or any queries, please contact : Janarthanan : 09003125665
Conference fees:
Students                                  :           Rs.500/- 
Research Scholars                   :           Rs. 700/-
Professionals                           :           RS.1000/-       
Others                                     :           Rs. 1500/-
Demand draft shall be drawn in the name "ALPHA ARTS AND SCIENCE COLLEGE JOURNAL ACCOUNT" payable at Chennai (India).
Last date to pay the fees                   :           July 30, 2012
NOTE: Accommodation with twin sharing can be arranged at nominal fee of Rs.100/- when informed before July 25, 2012.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Media Watch Journal's new issue published

I hope you remember my earlier post about the Media Watch journal
(http://mediasceneindia.blogspot.in/2012/03/media-watch-latest-issue-good-quality.html). I have today received the announcement about the journal’s Volume 3, Number 2 , July-December 2012.
As you can judge yourself from the following contents, the journal continues its tradition to offer a good selection of research papers:

3 Social Media in Family Communication of Teenagers—
A Focus Group Discussion
Titto Varghese
D Nivedhitha

11 Gen 'Y' and New Media—Analyzing the Need for
Parental Mediation in their Use
Rajesh Kumar

16 Internet Mass Medium—Critical Issues in the Era of
Technological Determinism
Barry Nnaane

23 New Media and the Language
Anandita Pan

29 Longitudinal and Descriptive Analysis of Indian
Online Newspapers
Sruthidevi C.T
P. E. Thomas

34 GM Crops and the Press—The Bt Brinjal Controversy in
English and Kannada Newspapers
Shrinidhi Adiga
D. S. Poornananda

44 News Channels Framing the Anti-Dam Protests in
Assam—An Analysis
Syed Murtaza Alfarid Hussain

50 Journalists Perception on Human Rights—
An Empirical Analysis
G. K. Sahu

57 Media Coverage of Crime, Public Perceptions and
Human Rights Violations
R. Subramani
Alwin Rodrigues

62 Press and Human Rights in the Line of Fire in Manipur
K. H. Kabi

65 Science Communication in India—The Moderating
Impact of Socio-Cultural Cognition
Harapriya Padhi
Amarendra Kumar Dash

69 Indian Cinema Turns 100
Deepak Ranjan Jena
For those who have not yet subscribed or read the earlier issues, following are the details of its credits:

Media Watch
July-December 2012
ISSN 0976-0911
Online ISSN 2249-8818
RNI No. ORIENG/2010/31441
Editorial Board
Prof. J S Yadav
Chairman, International Media Institute,
Gurugaon & former Director, Indian Institute
of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi

Prof. B K Kuthiala
Vice-Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi
National University of Journalism &
Communication, Bhopal

Prof. Daya Thussu
Director, Indian Media Centre
Communication & Media Research Institute
University of Westminister, United Kingdom

Prof. M R Dua
Executive Director, Mediatives, Boston, USA
& former Professor, Indian Institute of
Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi

Prof. J V Vil'anilam
Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Kerala

Prof. Kiran Thakur
Adjunct Faculty, Department of
Communication & Journalism, University of

Prof. Jayashree Jethwaney
Indian Institute of Mass Communication
(IIMC), New Delhi

Prof. J S Giri Rao
Department of Mass Communication
Berhampur University, Odisha

Printed, published and owned by
Deepak Ranjan Jena, Kundheibenta Sahi,
Puri-752 001, Odisha and

Edited by
Dr. R C Pattnaik,
Printed at Kalyani Printers, B.J.B. Nagar,
Bhubaneswar, Dist. : Khurdha and
Published at Ramachandi Sahi, S.C.S.
College Road, Near Amala Club,
Puri-752 001, Odisha.

Dr. R C Pattnaik
Honorary Editor
Dr. S N Pattnaik
Managing Editor
S K Biswal
Assistant Editor
S B Nayak
Please contact:
The Editor, Media Watch, Centre for Communication Studies, S.C.S. College Road, Near Amala Club, Puri-752 001, Odisha
E-mail: mediajournal@ymail.com, Phone/Fax: 06752-220088 Mobile: +91-9439537641 / +91-9437387699

Or to publisher: Mr. Deepak Ranjan Jena

Saturday, 14 July 2012

What is Conveyance Document?

What is Conveyance Document?
A leading newspaper has carried a story on July 13, 2012 headlined ‘Lawyers should make conveyance documents.’ I asked two friends if they knew meaning of ‘conveyance document.’ They did not, but thought it could be related to transportation. It is not.
The story explains the meaning  slightly only in the third paragraph as legal documents ‘like sale deeds, mortgage deeds etc.’  
How if it explains in the beginning of the intro itself, something as:
The practise of touts or agents preparing property related legal documents is illegal. The touts or agents should not be allowed to prepare such documents, known as conveyance documents. Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa vice-chairman Ashish Deshmukh made this clear here today.
Compare this with the original intro which was as follows:
The practise of touts or agents preparing conveyance documents is illegal and it should be stopped with immediate effect, said Ashish Deshmukh, vice-chairman of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. The council will request the state government to curb this practice and authorise only lawyers to formally draw up conveyance documents, he added.
The subsequent two paragraphs read:
Deshmukh, who paid a visit to the district and sessions court here on Wednesday, said the council has taken this initiative to prevent people from getting cheated, because in a large number of cases the documents are challenged in the courts for various reasons. The council will hand over a memorandum in this regard to deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar at the state lawyers' conference here on July 14, he added.
Quoting a Supreme Court ruling, Deshmukh said that if a search report prepared by a lawyer is found to be faulty then he/she is liable for action. However, in the case of private persons preparing legal documents, like sale deeds, mortgage deeds, etc, there is no mechanism to keep a tab on their activities. Also, they do not issue any certificate about the genuineness of the document or its content.

International Conference on Women and Media last date of submission July 20

Following from Dr S Hema Malini
Dear Sir / Madam

International Conference on Women and Media

Date             : 24-25 August, 2012
Venue           : Alpha Arts and Science College, Porur, Chennai.
Last Date for Submission : 20 July 2012.

with regards and thanks

Dr. S Hemamalini
Head of the Department,
Department of Visual Communication,
Alpha Arts and Science,
Porur, Chennai.
Phone: 9444475962


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Fellowship for young Indian Journalists in Bonn, Germany

Dr Ujjwala Barve has sent in the following for the benefit of young Indian journalists. Please pass it on to others who might be interested.

Deutsche Welle’s DW Akademie is planning a multimedia 
Meeting and Exchange Project for Indian Journalists. The one-and-a-half month fellowship is supported by Germany’s Robert Bosch Stiftung and will take place in Bonn, Germany from September 10 to October 26, 2012.
Multimedia journalistsThe project aims to support Indian journalists in providing authentic, extensive and insightful coverage of Germany. It will offer participants valuable background knowledge for reporting on Indian-German issues.
Journalists selected for the program will receive intercultural and journalistic training, as well as insight into Deutsche Welle’s multimedia editorial teams. Participants will also work on putting together a multimedia project on the topic ‘Sustainability’.
DW Akademie will carry the costs of the course, airfare, travel expenses, accommodation and health insurance. Costs for meals, laundry and other personal expenses must be paid for by the participant or his/her employer. DW Akademie will pay a supplement of 10 EURO per day to cover daily expenses.
Applicants for this project must fulfill the following requirements:
·    Citizens of India between the ages of 25 and 35 years,
·    Completed training as a journalist (traineeship, journalistic degree from a university or institution of further education) and/or at least three years of applicable professional experience in a relevant medium,
·    Very good English skills in addition to very good skills in one or several of the languages Hindi, Bengali and Urdu.
Applicants will need to submit an online application form, work samples and a letter of recommendation. You can fill in your application form here. or http://blogs.dw-akademie.de/asia/2012/06/28/fellowship-for-indian-
The deadline for submission is July 22, 2012.

Friday, 6 July 2012

A Newspaper in Plain and Simple English

I wish to introduce to you a website and its creator Arthur Schiff. He and his colleague have launched The Times in Plain English (http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/wp/). As the title suggests this online newspaper has simple and plain English that lay readers can easily understand. He uses stories from six American newspapers: The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The New York Times, The Arizona Republic, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

He subjects text of the selected stories to Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Test and edits where necessary to make the language simple for his readers. (What is this test? Please visit link provided in my website, http://newsmansenglish.in/readabilitytest.htm)

His experiment fascinated me because I share his concern for writing plain and simple for the commoners. He responded to my queries yesterday. One of his points provides answer to my search on ‘Who is the reader of my newspaper?’ As part of my study on Language of English Newspapers in India, I have asked this question to reporters and editors of several Indian newspapers.

Are the readers from high/middle/low income group? Elite? Highly qualified? Graduates? Post-graduates? The journalists do not seem to be very clear about profile of the readers for whom they write.

Arthur says his readers are immigrants in USA. They are English language learners. For this class of readers, English has to be simple and plain.

I checked today readability of some stories placed at the home page of his website, using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level test. It indicated that his language could be easily understood by eighth to 13th graders of US schools. (In Indian context, this can be high school to junior college students). Statistical data I have collected for my study, on the other hand, suggests that Indian newspapers have several stories that could be understood only by 30th grades of US schools!

Arthur says, ‘I chose America's top newspapers because in so doing I could deliver the kind of information available to America's elite to an audience of immigrants and English language learners. I believe that kind of news would facilitate (their) entry into the middle-class. That is what I think information and words can do.’

Very well said. Shouldn't Indian journalists aspire to do something to help the large number of their readers enter the middle class and above? Shouldn't they write for undergraduate level readers?

Monday, 2 July 2012

Compliments to daily Greater Kashmir

Compliments to the reporter (and the desk) of daily Greater Kashmir for the care to write a story that could be understood by readers everywhere, not in just Jammu and Kashmir. I came across this sentence in its edition of July 02, 2012 (headlined ‘Omar thanks separatists for maintaining peace’):

(Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister) Omar (Abdullah) had an interaction with the civil society members including Imams (prayer leaders) and Khateebs (preachers).

The compliments are for the explanation of the words 'Imams' and 'Khateebs.'  The meanings of the words (prayer leaders and preachers respectively) help the non-Kashmiri and non-Muslim readers understand the context very clearly. The reporter (and the desk) did not presume that every potential reader of the daily knows the words. This is particularly noteworthy because news writers of leading newspapers presume that the readers know what they write.