Saturday, 25 February 2017

Call for papers Media Messenger Issue 03

Following from Prof. Rekha Shelke:

Call for Papers  
Paper Submission Last Date is April 20th, 2017                 Volume-2 Issue-3
Dear Researchers / Professors / Scholars/ Students.
          MGM College of Journalism & Mass Communication Aurangabad (Maharashtra) is an oldest college in Marathwada region stepping towards research field with its own research journal. Media Messenger Bilingual Research Journal (MMBRJ - ISSN: 2455-2046) is an Academic journal in the field of Mass Communication and Journalism. This national level research journal is peer reviewed journal with a key objective to provide the platform for different researchers, professors, media personalities and students to showcase their research. We have successfully published our first issue and moving towards second issue.   
Important Dates:
Last Date of Abstract Submission               : March 20th, 2017
Communication Details:
Website      :
E mail         : (Submit Your paper on this email id)
Contact No  : 0240-6454162/ 2480490
Biannual (2 Issue per year)
 Processing Fees:
Single  Author         – Rs.1000 +Bank Charges
Two Authors           – Rs.1400 + Bank Charges
All payments must be made by Account Pay/RTGS/NEFT/Cash Deposit.

Theme of Journal: “SOCIAL MEDIA AS PR AGENT”
In the modern era the importance of social media is inevitable. It has great impacts and influence on policy making process of the nation. Along with creating informed society it is changing the trends of certain attitudes which include propagation of government PR, tradition of agitation, advertisement and social behavioural attitudes. Digital India campaign promoting citizen to become the ‘Netizen’ to raise and solve their issues and participate in the policy making process of the country. Digital society is most punctual in terms of awareness and completing the sender-message-receiver-feedback process. In this journal ‘Social media as PR agent’ theme will elaborate what are the factors, challenges are emerging to our digital society and what impact will have on our democratic or social system.
Sub- Themes
1.      Social Media: Impact and Influence
2.      Social Media: Rise of challenges
3.      Use of Social media in Political Culture
4.      Convergence of Citizen to Netizen
5.      Social media and tempering with information
6.      New trends of political war on social media
7.      Policy making and social media influence
8.      #Hashtag Journalism
9.      Social Media: Audience oriented targeting
10.  New media: Changing trends of opinion in youth
11.  New media: Infoxication and its impacts.
12.  Social media: Changing trends in Teaching , learning process
          Media messenger Bilingual Research Journal publishes research papers and case studies containing original research work of good standard with contemporary relevance from all over the nation. Following types of contributions are considered for publication:
RESEARCH PAPERS (Full Length – Maximum of 8 pages-A/4 size).
LANGUAGE English, Hindi & Marathi 
Author can send manuscript as an attachment in MS word (.doc or .docx) and PDF file

Authors willing to submit their manuscript are requested to carefully go through the guidelines as given below.
1.       The papers submitted without following this style and format will not undergo review process and will not be published.
2.       A research paper containing original unpublished work can be submitted to the Chief Editor at any time of the year. The Journal will be published half yearly in the month of January & July. Submitted paper will be checked for Plagiarism and then will be referred to Peer Review Team. In case of any query other than submissions please send email on
3.       All portions of the manuscript must be typed in Times New Roman for English, Kruti Dev 010 or APS DV Prakash for Hindi and Marathi with 1.5 spaced and all pages numbered starting from the title page.
4.       The Title should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper with capital letters.(Font size 12)
5.       The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. ((Font size 10 & 1.5 spacing)
6.       Following the abstract, about 3 to 6 Keywords that will provide indexing should be listed. (Font size 10)
7.       The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject. (Font size 12& 1.5 spacing)
8.       Materials and Methods should be complete enough to allow search / experiments to be reproduced. (Font size 12 & 1.5 spacing)
9.       Results should be presented with clarity and precision. The Discussion should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studies on this topic. State the Conclusions in a few sentences at the end of Discussion. (Font size 12 & 1.5 spacing)
10.   The Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief. Tables should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible and should be numbered. Figure (Photo plates and graphs) should be numbered, serially in numerals in order of appearance and prepared using JPEG file for reduction.

II.            REFERENCES
                The references should be in an alphabetical order or listed in numerical sequence on a separate sheet. References should be cited in full in the reference list, including the title and the first and last page numbers.
          The following types of contribution to Media Messenger Bilingual Research Journal are peer-reviewed: Research papers, Articles and Case Study.
          Articles published in this journal, for its content and accuracy the author / contributor will be responsible, editor will not be responsible. Controversial issues & articles will not be accepted & published.
          Selection or rejection of articles, research papers or case studies will be decided by peer review committee and editorial board, the decision of selection or rejection will be irrevocable and it will be communicated to author by email.
C.            PROOF READING
          Proof reading should be done by the author or contributor. The editor of journal will not be responsible for any grammatical or spelling mistakes.

D.           DECLARATION
          A declaration form is attached with this copy at end; every author should sign it and send it to in the form of scanned copy.
E.            COPYRIGHT
          Media Messenger Bilingual Research Journal will acquire copyright of over all published material. Author / Contributors should submit an agreement form in the specified format for copyright transfer and declare about authenticity of the literature and originality of the data, without which the paper will not be published online. This form should be submitted along with proof corrections.
F.             PRIVACY POLICY
      The authors identity in the form of name, email id, mobile / land line number, address or account details will not be shared with any other individual.  
MGM College of Journalism & Mass Communication,
N-6, CIDCO, Mahatma Gandhi Mission Hospital Campus, Aurangabad – 431003
Phone: 0240-6454162 / 2480490


I, ………………………………….. Author of this article/ research paper / case study would like to declare that I have followed all the rules and regulations given by MMBRJ. I assure that

·               I have seen and approved the content of the submitted manuscript.
·            The paper presented by me is the original work, and not previously published in similar form and not currently under consideration by another Journal.
·            If this paper contains any material (data or information in any other form) that is the intellectual property and copyright of any other person(s), then I have mentioned the reference of it in correct manner or I have taken permission of the copyright from owner(s) to publish that material.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Following from Prof. Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha

Manipal University, as the highest ranked comprehensive private deemed University in the QS BRICS and QS Asia rankings, staunchly promulgates the work-ethic of “Global leadership in human development; excellence in education and healthcare.” Further, ranked 1st among ‘Research Publications by Private Universities in India,’ (as per. SCImago Research Group, Spain) Manipal University is synonymous with world class facilities & distinction in higher education.
Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations study in the University town, nestled in Karnataka’s Udupi District. MU boasts of nearly 2500 faculty and ancillary staff, who cater to the development of various professional institutions in Communication, Health Sciences, Engineering, Management and Humanities. The University is holarchical in structure, with several campuses spread over the world.

School of Communication (MIC) – established in 1997 – is a premier Media Institute offering a bouquet of programmes in Media & Communication. The courses/degrees offered range from BSc. Animation to B.A. Media & Communication, M.A. Media & Communication, M.F.A, PH.D, & other short-term courses. SOC as a media-education monolith today facilitates collaboration by way of exchange programmes with Universities in Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, USA & Australia.

The relevance of health communication can be felt virtually in every facet of health and well-being.An integral component of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment, health communication is recognized as a core competency in public health and health promotion practice and plays a vital role in achieving public health objectives.
The significance of understanding and managing effective health communications is especially urgent in developing countries like ours with huge burdens of both communicable and non-communicable diseases. In a study published in September 2016 by Lancet and released at an event at the UN General Assembly in New York on the first ever annual assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance among 188 countries,India stood at the 143rd position, just ahead of Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The analysis of the existing situation points to a lacuna in communication between professionals in the arena of medicine, public health and healthcare.  The availability of knowledge, expertise or information being not the problem,  but  how this is being dispensed to the community is recognized as the problem, Health colloquium 2017, is an earnest  interdisciplinary effort to  collate professionals from  Medical, Public Health, NGOs, others working in the area of health and  communication professionals  to make an effort to bridge the existing gap, thus taking a step closer to make India a super power in coming days.

The theme of the first edition of this annual interdisciplinary Health Colloquium organized by SOC is “Health Communication: Bridging Gaps & Raising Awareness”. Some of the areas for discussion during this  Colloquium would be but not only restricted in the following areas:
Healthcare Communication
2.       Public Health Communication
3.       Medico- legal Communication
4.       Rehabilitation Communication
5.       Health & Marketing communication
6.       Health & social media
7.       Health & Miscommunication
8.       Medical tourism & Multi cultural communication

Interested academicians, research scholars and students from both the media & communication as well as healthcare, community health& public health may mail their abstracts of around 300-500 words

Date of abstract acceptance: 26th February 2017.
Deadline for full paper:15thHMARCH 2017
Guidelines for Paper Submission:
•             Font: Times New Roman
•             Font size: 12
•             Spacing: Double-spaced
•             Word-Count: 5000-8000
•             Format: APA style

Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha
Ph: +91 9620397265
Early Bird Fee
Academician/ Research Scholar
Rs. 1,500
(till 9th March 2017)
Rs. 2,000
(10th March 2017 onwards)
Rs. 1000
(till 9th March 2017)
Rs 1500
(10th March 2017 onwards)

For online registration, payment & other event updates one may refer to the following Web-link:

Chairperson: Dr. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, Manipal University
Organizing Secretary: Dr. Nandini Lakshmikantha, Director, School of Communication,Manipal University
Advisory Committee:
Dr. Sudharshan Ballal, Chairman – MHEPL, Dr.Sreekumaran Nair, Professor, Manipal University &Director,PHESA,DR. Subhadra Menon,Director, Health Communication & Adjunct Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India - The Public Health Foundation of India, Dr Unni Krishnan,Dean, KMC Mangalore, Dr.Lena Ashok, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Manipal University, Dr. Sanjay Pattanshetty, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Manipal University.
Scientific Committee: Mr. Padma Kumar,Assistant Professor& Head, School of Communication, Ms. Manjula .V, Assistant Professor, School of Communication
Technical Committee – Mr. Shreeraj Gudi,Assistant Professor,School of Communication,Mr. Krishna,Assistant Professor,School of Communication
Treasurer – Ms. Sowparnika Attavar,Assistant Professor,School of Communication

 School of Communication
Manipal University
Udayavani Road, Press Corner,
Manipal – 576104, Karnataka, India.
Phone: +91-0820-2571901/ 03

Fax: +91-0820-2571902

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Rethinking Journalism

Following Prof. Subhash Dhuliya:

We sincerely believe that a serious debate needs to be initiated with the objective of rethinking journalism and underlining its societal role and public relevance in the current digital age. Technological advancement gives shape to the production, distribution and consumption of journalism. 

Putting people in context one needs to assert where journalism fits in their lives and needs. Do they need journalists or just content managers? 

Ideally journalism should contribute to common concerns, create an informed citizenry and debate on crucial issues. One needs to ask the all important question - is that happening? 

The proposed debate would, apart from discussing these issues, also focus on the impact of technology and economics on journalism. invites your valuable comments on how such a debate could and should be generated. The editors would be grateful if you also incorporated a short bio-note with your comment. is a non-profit organisation run by a group of experienced and concerned media persons.

Prof. Subhash Dhuliya
School of Journalism and New Media Studies
Indira Gandhi National Open University
New Delhi-110068
Mobile: 9312266340
Alternative email:

Monday, 13 February 2017

Short and Sweet: Storytelling in 300 Words

Following from veteran journalist Joseph Pinto:

Short and Sweet: Storytelling in 300 Words

Brady Dennis was a night cops reporter in the Tampa bureau of Poynter's St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times when he started writing "300 Words," a series of short stories about ordinary people, in 2004. This year, he won the Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing for his series. The "300 Words" stories have been running, alongside pictures by Times photographer Chris Zuppa, on the front page of the paper's local-news section, about once a month. To find their stories, Zuppa and Dennis think of a moment they want to capture, then find the subject who best defines that moment. Dennis is now a general-assignment reporter in the Times' Tampa bureau. I interviewed him, via e-mail, to find out what he's learned about storytelling in small doses.

MICHAEL WEINSTEIN: How did you come up with the idea of writing 300-word stories?

BRADY DENNIS: I first dreamed up "300 Words" while working as a night cops reporter in Tampa. For starters, I wanted a project that offered a break from the usual murder and mayhem that I typically covered (and enjoyed covering). But more importantly, I wanted to take a chance and offer something in the metro section that readers weren't used to seeing, something different that would make them slow down and take a breath and view the people they passed each day a little differently. I knew I wanted the pieces to be short -- they never jump from 1B -- and to highlight people that otherwise never would make the newspaper. Luckily, I [worked with] a photographer who shared this vision and a brave editor willing to try new approaches and fend off the skeptics.
A big inspiration for the series, by the way, were the "People" columns that Charles Kuralt had written for the Charlotte News back in the early 1950s [see].

What was the easiest thing about doing them?
The easiest thing was my complete confidence in the people we would find. I believe that each person not only has a story to tell, but that each person has a story that matters. I've always felt humbled in the presence of everyday, "ordinary" people who are willing to share their lives with us. Give me them any day over politicians and celebrities.

What was hardest?
The hardest thing, I suppose, was finding a theme in each piece that was universal -- love, loss, death, change, new beginnings. Something everyone could relate to on a human level. I didn't think it was enough to say, "Look, here's an interesting person." I wanted to capture that person in a moment when readers could say, "I understand. I've been there."

What did you learn about writing short stories with a beginning, middle and end?
I learned it doesn't take 3,000 words to put together a beginning, middle and end. A good story is a good story, no matter the length. And sometimes the shorter ones turn out [to be] more powerful than the windy ones.
That said, there's a risk of sounding like I'm advocating super-short stories with no traditional nut graph. Not so. I believe no matter how long or short the story, people should know why it is important and worth their time. It's not enough just to paint a pretty picture. We must strive to tell them something about the world that matters, to be journalists and not simply storytellers. Hopefully, in a non-traditional way, "300 Words" does that.

Has it made you a better reporter? Better writer?
Absolutely. "300 Words" made me a better reporter by forcing me to rely almost primarily on observation. Notice that most pieces contain almost no quotes. I didn't interview people as much as I simply shut my mouth and watched and listened. We don't do that enough.
It also made me a more economical writer. With only 300 words to spare, each one had to matter. I've tried to apply that rule to the other stories I do, even the long ones. The idea is to cut away the fat and leave only the muscle. As my editor, Neville Green, repeated again and again: "Less is more." It's true for most stories we write.

How did your editor help you?
Neville Green helped in so many ways. He wrote most of the headlines. He helped
me trim many unnecessary sentences, greatly improving the stories with
each change. And sometimes, he simply put that universal theme I was
searching for in perspective. "Isn't this story about..." he would
start, and he'd always be dead-on.

Anything else I should ask?
One thing I would offer is my opinion that, now, more than ever, we should be willing to take risks and make reading the paper an unpredictable and interesting exercise. "300 Words" was an effort at that. But there are a million other possibilities, and journalists are pretty bright folks. All it takes is the willingness to risk something new.