Wednesday, 24 September 2014

National Workshop on “Artistic Medium of Expression”

Following from Dr. Narendra Tripathi:

Invitation for National Workshop on
 “Artistic Medium of Expression” from 
October 10 to October 12, 2014.


I am very pleased to inform you that a three days National Workshop on “Artistic Medium of Expression” is scheduled to organize by Kushabhau Thakre Patrakarita AvamJansanchar Vishwavidyalaya (A University of Journalism & Mass Communication), Raipur fromOctober 10 to October 12, 2014 at the University Campus.

Registration forms have to be submitted to the email id: and in hard copy to the postal address mentioned in the brochure.

Last date of Registration is September 30, 2014

Participation in this workshop is invited from teachers, research scholars and other interested persons of your Institution. The details of registration, registration fees are mentioned in the brochure attached along with this letter.

Yours Sincerely
Dr. Narendra Tripathi
Convener of the National Workshop
Mob: 09425755699
Office: 0771-2779207

Distasteful Times of India

Following from:

By Ranjona Banerji

The speculation is rife within the media, fans and media commentators that the fight between Deepika Padukone and some branches of The Times of India is manufactured: all good publicity to promote a new movie. And all those who got taken in are just naive idiots because both Bollywood stars and the entertainment media are utterly ruthless at all times.

Certainly many controversies are media stunts, carefully organised just before some film event or more often the launch of a film. So one can understand the cynicism of Anant Rangaswami of when he raises these questions:

But even if you assume that it was all manufactured, the response that appeared on the front page of the Bombay Times on September 22, written by its “editor Priya Gupta, you have to wonder at the self-belief of a media house which puts up such pathetic writing and worse logic in defence of its actions. You also have to wonder about the edit page of The Times of India carrying a distinctly unfunny piece by “comedian” Radhika Vaz slamming Deepika Padukone’s objections to The Times of India’s official twitter handle focusing on her cleavage in a prurient manner.

To recap, the tweet read, “OMG: Padukone’s cleavage show!”. Padukone responded saying yes, she was a woman, yes, she had breasts and a cleavage and did they have a problem with that. She also pointed out that this was India’s premier newspaper’s idea of news. After this, TOI tweeted back saying it was a compliment and then deleted that answer as social media outraged in its normal manner.

It is easy to say Padukone over-reacted, that she is a Bollywood actress who has profited from the objectification of women’s bodies and so on. The problem lies in the tone of the first tweet. It was gratuitous, prurient and sleazy. The second tweet was too clever by half.

But even more horrific and distasteful was the response from Priya Gupta, who became editor of Bombay Times via the HR and marketing departments and in keeping with the Bennett Coleman policy of keeping all supplements under the grasp of Medianet.

Gupta’s defence mentions all Padukone’s work where her body has been in display, dismisses her as someone who started life as a liquor model, says that the Times Group disapproves of moral policing and then provides several examples of how the moral police would be really happy to bury Padukone in an underground cell. The edit page piece by Vaz makes fun of Padukone’s anger with her cleavage being displayed.

I would argue that the group has gathered around its official Twitter handle and decided to put Padukone in her place. has carried a story saying that several reporters working for the Times in New Delhi have written to senior editors about their discomfort with Gupta’s piece.

And here lies the problem with the “it’s all fake” theory. If indeed this fight is a marketing ploy, could Bombay Times have not concocted a more sophisticated response? Is a childish, badly written and ridiculously argued defence full of bizarre references to the fact that the newspaper does not carry photos of vaginas and nipples and with a big red arrow pointing to a cleavage the best it could do? What about the unfunny funny piece on the edit page?

It is definitely true that glamour coverage will continue, that women and now increasingly men will be objectified, that the media will be an intrusive and salacious supplicant, that the glamorous will stoop to conquer, that sex will sell, that feminists and others will occasionally object, that those in glass houses should not throw stones. For all we know, Padukone may even dance at a Filmfare Awards night in the future and win an award.

But the issue is not Padukone. The issue is one of India’s oldest and biggest media houses and its road to degradation in a number of ways. Medianet and paid news are bad enough. Its descent into sleaze on its website is gross. Its defiant, “glamour sells, too bad you suckers” is becoming tired and tiresome. But its need to justify itself on something like this case now also makes it a sulky four-year-old.

The tragedy is that there are parts of the Times of India as a newspaper which really work. It has excellent institutional memory. It still has a strong stable of journalists. It excels at a particular sort of blanket coverage of events. It may not break the greatest stories but it remains solid on overall news. The hard work of all those journalists is gradually being eroded by the behaviour of the management and indeed those editors who buy into the management’s spiel.

Honestly, the newspaper has made itself into a laughing stock with its over-the-top, misjudged, badly conceived, distasteful, unsophisticated response to a foolish tweet someone on its payroll put out. At the risk of being ageist, is this a sign of senility?

Ranjona Banerji is Consulting Editor, MxMIndia. A senior journalist and columnist, she now lives in Dehradun. The views expressed here are her own, though the editor endorses it. She can be reached via Twitter at @ranjona

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Media Watch Communication Journal September 2014 issue Abstracts

Following from Deepak Ranjan Jena, Managing Editor, Media Watch
Media Watch
Media Watch Communication Journal
Impact Factor: SJIF 3.276 | IIFS 0.993 | ISRA 0.834
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Abstract: September 2014, Vol. 5 No. 3

Pseudo-Events as a Mesocyclone: Rethinking Boorstin’s Concept in  the Digital Age

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA

Daniel J. Boorstin’s concept of pseudo-events has been around almost as long as Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as monarch. 2012 was the year of the Diamond Jubilee, a 60-year anniversary, which can be viewed as a giant pseudo-event made from smaller pseudo-events. Compliant media were ready and willing to present images reinforcing the power, authority, and naturalness of the monarchy. The Diamond Jubilee, as an event and subject of analysis, exemplified the reconceptualization of pseudo-events using the analogy of a Mesocyclone. The Mesocyclone model of social media and journalism relations, developed in this study, reflects the transformation of relations between media planners, the news media, and the public. The Mesocyclone represents the challenges faced by media planners in creating, sharing, and encouraging others to participate in the process while attempting to keep the news media and public aligned with the event’s message. However, the Mesocyclone is unpredictable because social media sharing has enabled the news media and public to craft their own messages, as well as possibly change the meaning of the event. Boorstin’s concept of pseudo-events has been expanded by also considering Louis Althusser’s Ideological State Apparatus in using the Diamond Jubilee’s pro-monarchy theme as an example.

Journalistic News Framing of White Mainstream Media during the Civil Rights Movement: A Content Analysis  of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA

Most social movements receive some type of news media coverage during the course of the movement. How the media covers a social movement and its participants is critical in the influence it plays on media consumers. This study analyzes the news framing of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. On December 5, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat for a white man. That act of refusal resulted in a 381-day protest of the city’s segregated bus system. This research elucidates how the boycott was framed in the local newspaper, Montgomery Advertiser. The findings of this study are crucial in understanding the complexity of past and contemporary social movements, and how social norms may influence the ensuing news coverage.

The Hegemonic Dance Partners: United States and North Korea

Mississippi State University

On March 31, 2014 North Korea and South Korea shot artillery shells into each country’s territorial waters. No one was injured in another incident of the 60 years of conflict on the Korean peninsula. This rather nonsensical activity of war is just another step in the hegemonic dance steps initiated by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This paper applies the theory of hegemony to explain why the leadership of North Korea requires on-going conflict without war.

Visual Exploration of Environmental Issues:  Photographers as Environmental Advocates

University of Miami, USA

Photographers of recent years document land, nature, and the environment to reveal to the public, politicians and lawmakers decay or spoiled lands, endangered cultures and wildlife, and other issues affecting the degradation of Earth’s natural resources and all its inhabitants. Different from their predecessors, contemporary photographers use all media to expose and make the public aware of wide-ranging environmental concerns. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to explore how photographers visually document environmental issues. Interviews and analysis of environmental and nature photographers’ websites are the primary sources for this exploratory study. Findings reveal photographers do not just document the environment, they engage in media as activism. More than words and pictures, media activism comprises a myriad of mediated content from still photos, to moving images, graphics, audio, web and mobile devices, as well as social media all in an effort to improve society.

Press and Corporate Reputation: Factors Affecting Biasness of Business News Reporting in Malaysia

School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia

In Malaysia, media bias has always been a hot debated issue. The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition often portrays itself as an advocate of press freedom while the masses often feel otherwise as media organisations are either directly or indirectly owned by component parties of the Barisan Nasional. Readers therefore commonly accuse these organisations of practising media control although the latter often maintains that they are free from external factors or from governmental control. Till date, researches about media biasness have only studied the effects of media biasness on corporate reputations but not about the factors associated to such biasness and are often done within Western contexts. This paper fills these gaps by examining the links between the personal interest of a journalist and their level of compliance with the National Union of Journalists’ Code of Conduct, audience pressure, political interests, and the biasness of business news reporting in Malaysia.

I am Pretty and I know It: Redefining Masculinities in The King and The Clown

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

The contemporary Korean films and dramas that featuring a body of new representation of pretty boys or what are popularly known as metrosexuality have challenged the conventional association of Korean masculinity to the prevalent macho images. This article intends to focus on the soft-spoken, delicate and neat man featured in The King and the Clown (2005) by examining the cinematic figuration of such masculinity in order to reveal the underpinning ideology of capitalism within the film through the mechanism of representation. It is argued that the construction of pretty boy in this film serves to promote a non-conformative male identity and yet subjects itself to a manipulative consumerist gaze which embedding the ideological position of selling ‘prettiness’ as commodification of masculinity.

Portuguese Democracy and Patterns of Transformation in National  Newspapers: A Comparative Model Approach

University of Porto, Portugal

The Portuguese Revolution of 1974 produced a major transformation on media property. According to the legislation approved by the revolutionary rulers during 1975, all the banks and their interests were nationalized. Almost all main tittles of national press were included in this process, because they were partial or totally owned by societies belonging to the most important financial corporations. The Portuguese state became the owner of a large media group. The analysis of main aspects like political statements, data on press production, official reports allow the identification of the media evolution in this period. This study is focused on editorial policy, management failure and professional behavior, and the relationship between governments and the press. The purpose of this article is to establish a connection between the failure of state policy and the decline of national newspapers and, by opposite, transformations that took place in the Portuguese media property during the nineties.

Media Management Trends, Techniques, and Dynamics: An Indian Experience

Osmania University, India

Globally, Media is going through a drastic transformation. The fight for survival is leading to innovation of technologies and creativity in the fields of journalism and mass communication, and in this process many organizations are adapting newer forms of journalism. Media moguls irrespective of their age and borders are relentlessly spearheading cross media ownerships combined with convergence of media platforms, paving way for media management to be studied from a never before seen perspective. However, as media industries continue to consolidate and expand their operations beyond domestic borders, it has become all the more imperative to study and research media management with respect to trends, techniques and dynamics from a global standpoint of media consolidation, diversification, and convergence.

Social Movements and Digital Storytelling: Challenges and Prospects in India

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, India

This research aims at analysing popularity of digital media among youth for information sharing and generating support for social movements. The user-friendly technology, the reduced cost of production of digital content, and spread of the internet in peri-urban areas have changed the sender and the receiver position dramatically. Once the receivers of the media content are now actively involved in the production and dissemination of digital content. The concept of the gatekeeper is not relevant to the new media content as most of the matter comes directly from the users. The majority of the content is uploaded to various social networking sites without interference of gatekeepers. The digital media have empowered the common man and provided them another platform to share and express their views on various issues of public interest. It seems that this forum has great potential to help in strengthening democratic movements in India by promoting multiple voices on several issues of public interest, that too, without the interference of any gatekeeper.

Mass Media Preference and Consumption in Rural India: A Study on
Bharat Nirman Campaign

Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi

This paper seeks to explore the media habits and preferences of rural audience in India. The study adopted purposive along with random sampling techniques to identify stakeholders in six states of the country who were targeted for the Bharat Nirman campaign conducted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. The results indicated that television is the best medium to target rural and semi-urban audiences for public service advertising. Doordarshan’s regional channels remained one of the preferred communication medium for accessing information along with other regional channels. Newspapers and radio appeared to seriously lag behind as mass media vehicles of choice in comparison to television. The mobile telephone had made some inroads; however, it was hardly being used as a medium for accessing public service information.

Regional News Channels in India: A Study on Viewers Perspective

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
Manav Rachna International University, India

Satellite television news network have never expanded as they have in India. In less than a decade, between 1998 and 2006, India has experienced the rise of more than 50 24-hours satellite news channels, broadcasting news in different languages. They are a prominent part of a vibrant satellite television industry, comprising more than 300 channels, that has targeted Indian homes since the early 1990s. In one form or the other, at least 106 of these broadcast daily news in 14 regional languages, and their emergence marks a sharp break with the past. They have arisen in a country where the state had monopolised broadcasting since independence, and as late as 1991, India had only one government-controlled television network. The rise of satellite television, and satellite news network, has engendered a transformation in India’s political culture, the nature of the state  and expressions of Indian nationhood.

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