Media festival was a platform for lively debates, interactive panel discussions, film shows, photo exhibition, workshops, quizzes and performances.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), Apeejay Stya University, organised the Media Festival: Celebration and Reflection, to reflect upon various challenges a media practitioner faces on his way to decipher the truth.
The six-day festival, inaugurated on February 8, 2016 was a platform for lively debates, interactive panel discussions, film shows, photo exhibition, workshops, quizzes and performances.
Panellists during the Media Fest:
- Ms.SeemaChisti, Senior Editor, Indian Express
- Mr ParanjoyGuhaThakurta, Editor designate, Economic & Political Weekly
- Dr Vipul Mudgal, Director, Common Cause
- Mr Jawahar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati
- Mr Amit Baruah, Managing Editor, The Hindu
- Prof Ashok Ogra, Director, Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication, Dwarka
- Mr Tapas Sen, Chief Programme Officer, Radio Mirchi
- Mr Rajesh Joshi, BBC, Hindi Service
A photo exhibition on glimpses of urban poverty, mounted by SJMC students, was inaugurated by ace photographer Mr Aditya Arya, founder of India’s first museum of cameras, said that photo journalists who are documenting news and events should not stage or manufactures images.
The event on February 9, kicked off with the launch of Apeejay Stya University’s e creative writing journal The Indus Stream. It was followed by the panel discussion on ‘Big Ideas in Media’.
On February 10, 2016 Dr.Waiel S.H Awwad, Writer, Political Analyst and South Asia based Journalist, delivered a talk on ‘Reporting from Conflict Zones’.
The festival also premiered a film by School of Journalism & Mass Communication students ‘It’s Okay to Be Gay’ on February 12, 2016 that profiles the life of a fashion designer. What followed was a burning discussion on section 377 of Indian Penal Code. On the same day, Ms. Jayshree Bajoria, South Asia Researcher, Human Rights Watch talked about ‘Free Speech, Privacy and Other Rights: What has NOT changed in India’.
Students from various universities and institutions from Delhi-NCR attended the Media Festival. “It really feels good to be a part of SJMC family. We have never imagined before that we could ever get the opportunity to interact with so many eminent media personalities. Huge huge thanks to all our faculties for making this happened”, said Supreet Aneja, 1st year student of bachelors and Journalism and Mass Communication.
Source: Pushpita Dey, HTCampus Specialist
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