Friday, 25 September 2015

Call for Papers: Journal of Mass Media and Communication 'Shodh Sarthi' : October 2015

Following from Dr. Narendra Tripathi: 

It is a great opportunity that Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and Mass Communication, Raipur is publishing a Research Journal of Mass Media and Communication ‘Shodh Sarthi’ in October 2015.

Researcher, Scholar and Academician from all over the country are intimated to submit research paper on or before September 30, 2015 30, 2015 

Authors are informed to follow APA 6th edition style guide for their research paper.

The paper must be in the format given bellow

1.      Abstract with at least five key wards
2.      Introduction
3.      Review of Literature
4.      Objectives
5.      Hypothesis
6.      Research Methodology
7.      Analysis
8.      Conclusion
9.      Bibliography / Reference

Thanks and Regards
Dr. Narendra Tripathi
Head, Department of Electronic Media
Kushabhau Thakre University of Journalism and
Mass Communication, Raipur
Mob: 9425755699

Thursday, 24 September 2015

ACMC is to host annual Conference pm November 23 and 24

Asian Congress for Media & Communication (ACMC India Chapter) is organizing its second annual conference in Kolkata on   23rd & 24th November, 2015
Following are the details sent by Prof.(Dr.) Biplab Loho Choudhury
Center For Journalism & Mass Communication
Visva - Bharati, Santiniketan
West Bengal, India
Country Director (India),
Asian Congress for Media & Communication (ACMC),
Concept Note
The study of communication in modern times as an academic discipline has its origins in the West. Communication scholars in the West sought to study communication primarily from two aspects: i) the functional aspect in which communication was viewed as an instrument for attaining specific objectives in business and polity, ii) the socio-politico-cultural aspect in which communication was viewed in relation to the art of language and rhetoric. Consequently, two broad school of communication thought emerged in the West: the ‘process’ school and the ‘semiotics’ school.
The followers of the ‘process’ school viewed communication as the process of message transmission between individuals and applied the same principle at all levels of communication, be it inter-personal, group or ‘mass’. The success or failure of any communication exercise was determined by taking into account the variation in the end effect compared to the intended effect as aspired by the communicator/s.
The followers of the ‘semiotics’ school, on the other hand, laid greater emphasis on the interpretation of communication messages in light of socio-politico-cultural contexts in which the individuals find themselves rather than any other communication factor involved. In this regard, John Fiske in his seminal work, Introduction To Communication Studies, wrote, “The process school tends to draw upon the social sciences, psychology and sociology in particular, and tends to address itself to acts of communication. The semiotic school tends to draw upon linguistics and the arts subjects, and tends to address itself to works of communication.”
Both the ‘communication schools’ have done a commendable work in so far as viewing, interpreting and understanding communication as a functionalist and positivist human exercise. However, it must also be borne in mind that communication entails a sense of desirability to it. Perhaps then, the time is ripe to add another school to the two schools given by John Fiske.
This school may be called the 'philosophical' school of communication. The 'philosophical' school of communication tends to draw broadly upon various philosophical and religious traditions across the world and tends to provide socio-ethical and cultural interpretations of communication exercises in everyday human life.
In doing so, Indian and other Asian philosophical, religious, ritualistic and folkloristic traditions have much to offer us. The interpretation of classical Indian texts towards communication theorizing and practice is also likely to contribute to the building of the 'philosophical' school. As Maurice Winternitz observed, “The history of Indian literature is the history of the mental activity of at least three millennia expressed in speech and writing… In content Indian literature comprises everything which is included in the word ‘literature’ in the broadest sense of the term: religious and mundane, epic and lyric, dramatic and didactic poetry as well as narrative and scientific prose… It is one of the peculiar features of the Indian mind, that it has never drawn a clear line of demarcation between purely artistic creation and scientific activity, so that a distinction between ‘Belles Letters’ and ‘Scientific Literature’ is indeed impossible in India. What appears to us as a collection of fairy tales and fables, is considered by Indians as a text book of politics and moral.”
Unfortunately, the contemporary field of communication scholarship still seems rather reluctant to give due regard to the 'philosophical' school of communication. Instead, there appears to be a distinctly growing division between two academic groups, one that feels the field of communication scholarship needs to be de-westernized as early as possible and the other that feels that de-westernization is nothing but a spin-off of the pangs of post-colonialism. Amidst all this chaos, communication scholarship as a whole has been the greatest loser.
We find ourselves in a strange position where the existing communication approaches need to be revisited as communication is now extended further to include mass-line and mass-self communication which challenge existing notions of communication. The limit of natural human communication is also getting extended. Yet we are unable to make much headway owing to a number of reasons. First, there is the constant apprehension of ideological resistance being offered by one or the other groups in accepting the other’s views. Secondly, little effort has been actually made by scholars to understand the Asian philosophical traditions in the communication perspective. Thirdly, little regard is given to an understanding of the Asian perspectives of communication by communication institutions even in Asia. The situation remains almost no different in the Indian context with the possible exception of a few institutions. The last and the most important aspect is to get expanding functionality of communication reflected, interpreted and theorized in scholarly works.
It is in this backdrop that the present convention provides a platform to scholars to contribute towards building the scholarly field of communication with insights from India, other countries of Asia and the West. It is hoped that the contributions shall help in narrowing the chasm between the oriental and occidental approaches to communication scholarship rather than widening it any further.
Purpose of the Conference
The conference will provide a platform to the participants for deliberating on the various aspects mentioned in preceding paragraphs and presenting innovative thoughts and factual insights befitting the purpose. It shall, thereby, seek to prepare the ground of emerging communication understanding in the new millennium by tapping into the indigenous knowledge pool of India, Asia and the West.
Key Areas of Deliberation
Keeping in consonance with the broad theme, the conference would focus on deliberations related to any one or more of the following sub-themes:
a)      Exploring paradigm shift in understanding communication reality of the new millennium
b)      Addressing the westernization versus de-westernization debate
c)      Exploring contradictions between Indian and Judeo-Christian ethics and morality in media production and profession
d)      Exploring classical Asian/ Indian texts towards communication theorizing and practice
e)      Exploring the Asian/ Indian philosophical,  religious, ritualistic and  folkloristic traditions for  communication perspective building
f)       Deliberating on the need for revisiting ‘Communication Studies’ in the Asian/ Indian perspective
Call for Papers
Research papers are invited on any one or more of the following premises:
Ø  Perspective Building: Exploring possibilities of communication theorizing in different perspectives.
Ø  Historical Studies: From ancient, medieval and modern Asia/ India bearing relation to any one or more of the six sub-themes
Ø  Grass-root Studies: Perception and action studies on any one or more of the six sub-themes
Ø  Case Studies: In depth case studies or meta-analysis of earlier works
Who can participate?
a)      Communication academicians and researchers from universities, research organizations and other institutions
b)      Communication professionals-strategists,  implementers
c)      Communication students willing to share their experience and learn from the exercise
Mode of Participation:
Participation is of two types: those who would present papers and those who would participate in the deliberation without paper presentation. Both types of participants, upon registering and participating, will be awarded certificate during valedictory session.
Aspiring contributors may send abstracts of their proposed papers within 300 words on any of the mentioned sub-themes within October 05, 2015 specifically mentioning the sub-theme in the Subject Line to Selection of the abstract will be notified latest by October 10, 2015.
Abstract should clearly state in separate paragraphs the aim of the research paper, research question/s considered, method used, and brief of findings (it is expected that the abstract should be send only after working on the paper to a great extent to increase the chance of acceptance). All submissions (abstract/ full paper) will undergo a blind peer review.
Please mention Abstract Submission: ‘Sub-theme’ in the subject line of your email in order to facilitate speedy blind peer review. Send all attachments in word file (preferably in Word 2007).
Upon acceptance of abstracts, full papers preferably within 4000 words are to be submitted within October 25, 2015. Please note that all abstracts and papers are to be submitted electronically only at Abstracts/ full papers emailed to personal email ids of the conference organizers will not be considered for consideration through blind peer review.
Format for Abstract/ Paper Submission
Abstracts/ Papers must be sent in two separate attachments. The first attachment should mention details such as paper title & author name, position, institution, conference premise to which it belongs, type of research paper, short biography of author (100 150 words). The second attachment should contain only the abstract/ full paper with title. No information revealing the identity of the author should be given in the second attachment.

First Attachment:
a.      Paper title & author name, position, institution
b.      Conference premise to which it belongs
c.       Type of research paper
d.      Short biography of Author (100 150 words)

Second Attachment:
a.      Abstract/ Full Paper with title

Important Dates
1.      Last date of abstract submission: October  05, 2015
2.      Last date of intimation of acceptance of abstract: October 10, 2015
3.      Last date of full paper submission following abstract acceptance: October 25, 2015
4.      Conference dates: 23rd & 24th November, 2015

Registration Fees

A.      Academicians and Professionals: Rs.1000.00
B.      Research Scholars:  Rs.800.00
C.      Post-graduate Students: Rs.200.00
D.     Under-graduate Students: Rs.100.00

Registration fee payment allows the right to participate in the session, getting conference kit, tea and lunch during the conference.


Payment procedure and concerned dates will be informed after selection is confirmed from conference secretariat.

Top ten papers selected through blind article peer-review along with invited papers will be published in a compendium. Registered participants of A & B categories will get a copy of the book by post/ by hand after publication of the book. The next top ten papers will be published in Mass Media (ISSN 2277-7369). Participants whose papers do not get selected for the compendium volume or the journal may publish their papers in any other book/ journal with proper acknowledgement to ACMC India Annual Conference 2015.

Abstracts of research papers published in Media Watch, September 2015

Following from Dr. Sony Jalarajan Raj and Managing Editor: Deepak Ranjan Jena

Abstracts of research papers published in Media Watch, September 2015:

Journal of Media Watch: September 2015

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77886

It’s not only ‘social’, but sourceful!

Rohini Sreekumar
Issue Editor
School of Arts & Social Sciences, Monash University, Malaysia

Let’s go a few years back. In 2003, ‘Salam Pax’ hosted a blog from Baghdad named ‘Where is Raed?’ to give accounts on the Iraq War to his friend, Raed who was in Jordan that time, about the situation in Baghdad during that period. Though the blog became popular, the authenticity of the regular posts on bombings and war proceedings in this blog was viewed with suspicion by the news world and the larger social sphere until a deliberate endeavour by The Guardian newspaper came out with a flashing report that Salam Pax is not an imaginary character, but a real person named Salam Abdulmunem, an architect by profession. This resulted to an end of all speculations regarding the blog and soon Salam Pax became the most sought out person in the media world both as a source of information and as an interpreter of Iraq war. This was one of the frost instances that world come to know the real power of a common man wielded with the power of new media. While a large majority view it as the ‘next big thing’, for a few it is already part of our routine system of work and life.  The Guardian’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ research (2014) conducted on UK citizen found that using social media makes the people happier when compared to money and family. The privilege or choice of being connected to a world outside one’s reach is the core principle that makes these social sites an immediate advantageous tool for marketing or any other online undertakings. With the rapid growth of internet and associated network technologies with a huge rise in the use of tablet and mobile phones, social media is becoming even more ubiquitous and exhilarating. The consequences of these change and evolution are influencing every aspects of human life.
As far as traditional media are concerned, online social platforms like Facebook and Twitter with its ubiquitous influence proved to be a threat to their existence. The increasing preference and participation of youth on the online social platforms was seen as a warning alarm, which is met by them by making their presence increasingly felt in the social media platforms as shares and postings. A recent New York Times’s article titled ‘Brian Williams Scandal Shows Power of Social Media’ rightly points to the fact that it is through social media that news get contested, questioned, and investigated to reveal the real news. While taking about the influences that social media make, it is the very redefinition of the concept of ‘informer’ that comes into play if we consider the 140 character word war or hash tag revolution. What we are witnessing now is a conversational news culture--a move back to the old Coffee house culture. To put it in another way, it is the laymen or public who is largely involved in the creation and the dissemination of news. This met with changes even in the craft of Journalism; online editions have snippet news, more illustrations, and options to link to social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter. On the other hand, social networking sites are increasingly trying to gather as much as users into their bouquet. Facebook’s acquisition of Watsapp, a text messaging service is viewed by the world as a clever move to tap even the non-facebookies who regularly use internet for messaging.
Facebook has also come out with many ambitious measures and innovations to make the users hooked to its web as long as they are online. Its ‘Instant Article’ facility, author tag and control over individual news feeds are making use of possibilities that could not only provide quality news experience, but also bring back the disillusioned facebookies who abandoned it for its over-loaded news feeds and unauthenticated news feeds. Major media corporates like BBC, New York Times and The Guardian have already signed up with the ‘Instant Article’ provision that would deliver quick loading of their news articles from the Facebook page rather than linking it to their respective news website.   
While shared news and tagged photographs rule the public sphere, they are always questioned for their accuracy, authenticity and attribution. This crucial factor along with the untrained ‘prosumers’ (a discursive word coined to denote the online users who are the producers and consumers of news) pose a setback for the social media (on the other hand a merit for the traditional media).
Keeping apart all these obvious terrains of social media explosion, what makes social networking significantly popular in the academic world is its potential in redefining space, society and identity. Being ‘social’ is a comprehensive expression holding many meanings at different point of references. As social media form a major part of a Company/Institute’s reputation, marketing and social identity, their presence online is given much prominence and precision, whereby the employers’ social presence is also being scrutinized.

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77888
Cultivating Connections in 140 Characters: A Case Study of Twitter Relationship Building

Wichita State University, USA

Social media use is ubiquitous in the United States. Not surprisingly, an academic debate has emerged about whether or not computer-mediated communication facilitates or hurts interpersonal relationships. This exploratory case study adds to the conversation by assessing how Twitter users in the Wichita, Kansas community view the impact of Twitter on their social lives, specifically, communication and relationships. Using a grounded theory approach and inductive thematic analysis, this paper analyzed data from a two-phase study involving key informant interviews (N=15) and six focus groups (N = 32). Three themes emerged: Twitter and professional relationships; Twitter and personal relationships, and Twitter and community. Analysis indicated that Twitter is a robust tool used to build and maintain interpersonal and community relationships that range from shallow and impersonal to deep and meaningful, depending on the desires of users, all in 140 characters or less.

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77890
Capturing Trends and Identifying the Emerging Cool: A Study of Indian Bollywood Celebs on Twitter

Falguni Vasavada, Santosh K. Patra, Palak Gadhiya & Krishna Mishra
MICA, Ahmedabad

People actively participating on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and blogs are questioning the age old logic of boundaries and space. Virtual networks like twitter have given space which not only explores individual self but also connects to a mass phenomenon emerging through thought leaders, celebrities or ‘trend setters’. This study is an attempt to take the argument further and identify the emerging ‘trend’ in India through the celeb-tweets. To verify the argument empirically tweets of ten celebrities on twitter from Bollywood which include actors, choreographers, musicians, and producers were collected over a period of one month and tweet analysis was done by adopting hermeneutics as the method of data analysis. Appropriate codes were considered to address the major question of the paper on ‘social trends’ and the notion of ‘being cool’ to validate the question raised in the paper.

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77892 
Liberalisation of the Malaysian Media and Politics: New media, Strategies and Contestations

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

On 28 April 2012, ‘Bersih 3.0’, a rally calling for freer and fairer elections estimated that 250, 000 people gathered to support its cause. Government controlled newspapers the New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia accused this rally attended by 20, 000 demonstrators as a plot to destabilise and overthrow the ruling coalition through chaos and disorder. Online news portals Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider however reported that the rally attended by 150,000 demonstrators began peacefully but ended chaotically as demonstrators, journalists and police personnel were attacked and manhandled. While the conflicting reports of Bersih 3.0 and other news reports unpublished by the state controlled media through the new media suggests political dissent and possible media liberalisation, it does not necessarily mean that press freedom is well and alive. It however marks the beginning of a larger movement in cyberspace that threatens the hegemony of the ruling coalition. This paper examines the proliferation of the new media within the political economic structure of the Malaysian society and media; selected representations and messages in the old and new media; and whether the strategies and if representations in the new media are counter hegemonic tools capable of creating space for diverse voices, dissent and transformation.

DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77893
Impact of Social Media on the Vanity Level of Youngsters in India

Ruchi Tewari1 & Santana Pathak2 
1Amrut Mody School of Management, Ahmedabad
2Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad

This paper is an attempt to measure the impact of social media on the vanity level of youngsters in India. An experimental research was conducted on a controlled group of 40 participants with an average age of 23 years. Netemeyer’s vanity scale was administered on the participants and their vanity was measured. A month later, the participants in the research were put under controlled conditions for two hours and exposed to social media. They were instructed to log into their social media accounts and instructed to engage into activities like updating their status, uploading new photographs, reading comments and going through the number of likes which had been made on their earlier loaded statuses and photographs. Post two hours, their vanity level was measured. Data was analysed using paired sample t tests as well as confirmatory factor analysis and comparison was made along the factors of Netemeyer’s Vanity Scale pre and post the exposure to social media activity.
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77894
Social Media Usage and Physical Inactivity among School Children

BANINDER  RAHI, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, New Delhi

The power of social media is virtually untameable. The advent of social media has shrunk the world to what Marshal McLuhan once termed ‘global village’. This paper has examined into the amount of time government and private school students spent on social media vis-à-vis on physical activities. It has attempted to answer the questions: (i) How much time government and private school students spend using different social media applications?, (ii) Is there any association between government and private school students regarding time spent on social media applications?, (iii) Whether they use social media applications primarily to communicate with others, and (iv) how much time, on an average, school students spend on outdoor games after school hours. For the purpose of the study, a self administered survey was conducted among five government and private schools each.
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77895
Influence of Facebook in Pakistani Pedagogy

Tazeen Hussain, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan

This study grounds itself in the communication, information sharing, discussion and co-creation potential of ICTs with reference to social media-Facebook. Taking a qualitative approach, it explores the above as building blocks of new educational paradigms of learner autonomy; learner-centered education and co-creation of knowledge through discussion and collaboration, by exploring the various ways and reasons teachers use Facebook as part of pedagogy in Pakistan. It suggests that, in order to understand fully the potential of Facebook as a pedagogical tool, being egalitarian, autonomous and emancipatory, there is a need to review the ways in which learning is viewed and evaluated.
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77896
Social Media and Image Management: An Analysis of Facebook Usage in Celebrity Public Relations

BHAVNEET BHATTI, Panjab University, Chandigarah

Creation and maintenance of a favourable image is an essential function of public relations and social media is emerging as an important weapon in this image management armoury. The social media environment provides an opportunity to reach out to a variety of public in a more intimate and interactive way especially in the case of celebrity image management. Social media accounts of celebrities serve as a medium to blur the boundaries between the public and private spheres of their lives and content posted on these accounts also serves as a credible source of information for mass media. Since the social media presence of celebrities plays a crucial role in their image creation. This paper is an attempt to explore the emerging trends in social media usage by celebrities. The objectives of the paper were to look at the Facebook usage of celebrities from different walks of life (including politics, sports, music, cinema and television) and analyse this usage in terms of dominant subject matter, presentation, language used, frequency and continuity. The method used was a content analysis of the Facebook accounts of celebrities for a period of one year for the theory purpose a total of 1469 Facebook posts for one year to provide an insight into social media usage in the practice of celebrity public relation and potential that lies untapped were analyzed. 
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77898
Non-Embodied Embodiment: Transgenderism, Identity and the Internet

Joe Weinberg

Online, no one can tell that you’re a dog. When in the third space of the internet, the body is left behind, allowing people to explore their own identities and to engage in identity tourism with different possible bodies. It is the representations we choose for ourselves online that allow this exploration, the icons and avatars we create that produce embodiment in online environments. Those groups that exist on the fringe of identity, or in a state where identities are in flux, such as: the transgendered community. By examining what embodiment these icons and avatars allow, we can better understand how identity works online.
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2015/v6i3/77900 
Romanian Public Service Television: Struggle for Existence in the Digital Era

Bianca Mitu, University of Wolverhampton, UK

The increasing use of the internet has brought new challenges for the public service television system all around the world. Despite the free access to information and the use of digital technology, the Eastern European public service television is still in a shading cone mostly because of the small scale of their broadcasting markets. This article tells the story of the Romanian public service television’s (TVR) path towards an uncertain future in the digital age. The article offers an overview of the major changes and challenges of TVR (in terms of remit, purpose, values, and objectives) since the fall of the Communist regime in 1989 and aims to address the following questions: Is public service television still relevant in the digital era? What are the present challenges and what is the future of the Romanian public service television in the digital era?
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Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Sony Jalarajan Raj
Managing Editor: Deepak Ranjan Jena

Monday, 21 September 2015

Seminar on Implications and Influences of New Media technologies on Journalism

Following from Dr. Sandhya Rajasekhar:





Implications and Influences of 
New Media technologies 
on  Journalism

FEBRUARY 12, 2016

M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women
 One of the youngest colleges in the country to be granted autonomy, M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women has displayed its penchant for distinction and innovation in academics since its inception. The college has been committed to attracting and supporting top calibre women students, providing them the right arena for higher education. The college has over 14 UG & 8 PG courses plus a dedicated Research programme in the Department of Commerce. Affiliated to the University of Madras, it boasts a strength of 3,000 students. The college offered itself for accreditation in its decennial year in 2004 and has been reaccredited in 2009 by the NAAC (The National Assessment & Accreditation Council) with an ‘A’ grade and a 3.51 CGPA on a 4 point scale.
The vision of the college is to evolve into a University of international repute. Towards this end,
the regimen of academic study at each level is well balanced with extra & co curricular activities, which include workshops, lectures, seminars, conferences, symposia etc. organized by the faculty. The individual departments of the college are responsible for the academic activities which include teaching, research and other educational support to students. The teaching faculty have distinguished themselves through awards for academic accolades earned nationally and globally.
 Department of Journalism. Established in 2003, the Department of Journalism seeks to equip aspiring journalists to handle news in the print media, the electronic media and the online media. As part of the course, students undertake projects which involve active field experience comprising live beat coverage, research and interviews that equip them with the skills required to join the band of professionals in the industry.
The department believes in keeping up with the trends in the field of journalism, and recognises the magnitude of influence that the digital media has on its practice.  Far from being the radical, avant garde concept it once was, practised by only the most forward-looking of news organisations, convergence journalism has now made its presence felt in the journalistic landscape. Most news organisations, having tentatively tried their hands at being part of the digital world -producing a video clip here, web updates there, and elsewhere an interactive infographic - are now regularly doing it all, and what's more, they are deploying a lean, multi-skilled team, rather than specialists, to do it.
But what is the upshot of this seismic shift? On the one hand, it puts a vast array of technological tools in the hands of journalists. At the same time, it puts a question mark on the very notion of who is a journalist. With the Internet -- particularly social media -- democratising journalistic resources and information, every networked citizen could potentially be a disseminator of news content. If the supply pattern has changed, so has the consumption. News reception is no longer collective -it is much more individualised. Besides, thanks to mobile wireless technology, news content portability may even exceed that of newspapers, as Denis Mc Quail says.
In this scenario, some questions arise. With the amateurisation of news production, whither journalistic accountability? When more and more content ends up online for the consumption of an active minority, could the majority of citizens be left the victims of a knowledge gap? What happens to public opinion? Are the emerging media technologies changing the face of journalism? If so, how? And where do the traditional news media stand in this changing scenario?
These and many more questions surrounding media convergence in journalism warrant in-depth study and knowledge-sharing, so that, even as news production and delivery models change, basic journalistic values are preserved. The department of Journalism at M.O.P. Vaishnav College has taken a step in this direction through a paper presentation seminar on various dimensions of new media and digital journalism.
Implications and Influences of New Media technologies on  Journalism
The Seminar will involve research paper presentation by faculty from the department of journalism/media/communication from various academic institutions in India.
The Seminar calls for papers based on original, empirical research or with a heavy focus on review of literature in any of the following areas:

1. Traditional media Vs. New media

Ø  Impact
Ø  News values
Ø  Credibility
Ø  Citizen journalism Vs. professional journalism
Ø  Agenda setting- social media or traditional news media?
Ø  Effective platform for creating public opinion- Social media or traditional news media?
Ø  Twitter and social media as sources of news for traditional media
Ø  Opportunity and challenges of convergence for new s media
Ø  Database journalism
Ø  Trends in print and broadcast journalism
Ø  Breaking news or the complete story?
Ø  Ethics and broadcast journalism
Ø  Censorship and media
Ø  Celebrity journalism
Ø  Technological Determinism
Ø  Technological Acceptance
Ø  Social Shaping of Technology
Ø  Uses and Gratifications of new media for news

2. New Media and Journalism
Ø  New media and new news values
Ø  Media richness of online news sites
Ø  Freedom of the Internet
Ø  Fact checking 
Ø  Global News flows and new media
Ø  Emergency journalism
Ø  New media and Crisis coverage
Ø  twitter and social media as source of news for traditional media
Ø  What makes a story go viral?
Ø  Opportunity and challenges of convergence for news media
Ø  New media, new laws?
Ø  New media and ethics
Ø  Weblog journalism
Ø  The Virtual fandom and celebrity journalism
Ø  Social media and Opinionated journalism
Ø  Social media and news dissemination
Ø  News as open source content
Ø  Digital media and election  coverage/election campaign
Ø  Mobile story telling
Ø  Social data and journalism
Ø  Digital journalism
Ø  Social media - platform for establishing power or a platform for resistance?
Ø  Instagram as a platform for news
Ø  Areas of curriculum development - innovations in journalism education.

Abstracts of not more than 250 words may be submitted by September 20th, 2015. Full papers of abstracts approved, between  3,000 and 4,000 words, may be submitted by December 20, 2015.
Registration fee: DD of Rs. 500 in favour of M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai, by postal mail, addressed to Dr. Sandhya Rajasekhar.

Email :
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