Mass Media

The department facilitated curriculum enhancement through industry collaborations. While also designing and implementing student enrichment programs through the year 2019-20.

 

MOU with Soliya for the Erasmus

+ Virtual Exchange, Connect Program

A MOU was signed forming a partnership between Soliya and St. Xaviers College Autonomous, Mumbai, India to offer the Connect Program to its students. 23 TYBMM students completed the program in March 2020.

The objective of the Connect Program is to offer opportunities for young people to connect together in safe online facilitated dialogue to discuss current issues that matter to them, develop a better understanding of each other, build meaningful relationships across borders and cultures, and practice important employability skills.

 

Zeitgeist 2020

Zeitgeist, the media students organised annual media conference, saw a variety of debates and discussions in 2020, with the theme ‘The Game Changers’. Professionals from the field of Travel and Lifestyle, Technology in Sports, and Experiential Marketing discussed the contemporary developments in these fields. The conference brought together different voices from the industry and placed them in conversation with students to help them gain a deeper understanding of the industry they will step in.


 

Quest for Excellence (Honours) Programme

This year the department organised courses covering cinema, fiction and non-fiction writing.

  1. Devdutt Trivedi, film theoretician and critic, taught the course ‘The Cinematograph - constructing the real’, which focused on exploring the construction of image and sound as a way of writing, and its role in the film.

  2. Arun Sukumar, filmmaker, script writer, director and faculty XIC conducted ‘Storytelling’, giving students insight into narrative fiction writing, and the various elements of a story.

  3. Nikhil Mudaliar, Mass Media alumnus and content specialist at The Red Pen, Mumbai, conducted a course on non-fiction writing ‘Right the Write’ focused on personal essays and SOPs required for international higher education.

 

Panel Discussion: Traditional Media in the age of Twitter

BMM department in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Bangalore, held a one day seminar and panel discussion featured eminent journalists Mr. Pankaj Upadhyay (Resident Editor - Mumbai Mirror), Dakshina Murthy (Independent Journalist), Ms. Hemali Chappia (Sr. Assistant Editor - TOI), Mr. Krishnakumar (Deputy Editor- Midday) & Mr. Chaitanya Marpakwar (Principal Correspondent - Mumbai Mirror). The panellists spoke about the waves of change in traditional media, brought about by digital media, in terms of business model and editorial policies.

 

BARC 4 day workshop  on Data Collection, Processing and Analysing for Television Audience

Mr. Roy Solomon, Senior Manager - West & South India - BARC India, gave a detailed background into the workings of the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) over four interactive sessions. Incorporating facts, figures, activities and quizzes, this workshop educated students about BARC and its functions. It introduced them to a lucrative and key field in the media industry.

 

Panel Discussion: The Changing Arctic- The New Epi centre of Geopolitics

Polar Research and Policy Initiative hosted a dialogue The Changing Arctic: The New Epicentre of Geopolitics, Geoeconomics and Geoscience in the 21st Century on 12 December 2019. The event included the India book launch of The North American Arctic: Themes in Regional Security (London: UCL Press, 2019), edited by Dr. Dwayne Ryan Menezes and Prof Heather Nicol.

 

Visit to Barefoot College, Tilonia and Jaipur Foot - Rajasthan

Founded by Bunker Roy in 1972, Barefoot College, located in the village of Tilonia, Rajasthan, is a grassroots organisation working in the fields of education and skill development. This three- day visit included interactions with the students, and social activist Mrs. Aruna Roy, helped to gain insights and perspectives on education and labour rights.

We interacted with the founder Mr. Padma Bhushan Devendra Raj Mehta, Founder and Chief Patron, retired Indian Administrative Service officer and former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He has also held the position of Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Jaipur foot is the WORLD’S LARGEST ORGANISATION FOR DISABLED, with a Clear Social Vision And Commitment To Help The Disabled Regain Mobility And Dignity By Fitting High-Quality, Durable Artificial Limbs And Other Aids And Appliances — All Free Of Charge.

 

National Exhibition in Collaboration with Salaam Bombay Foundation

Salaam Bombay Foundation, an NGO works for the education and development of vulnerable children between the ages seven and 11. Held in collaboration with the Foundation was an exhibition, where kids from across Mumbai displayed their talents and capabilities through a range of media- centric projects from photography and film to radio and television. Students from the department worked closely with the kids, mentored and monitored their work.

 

2-day Outdoor Drone Photography Workshop

Students from the department went for a two-day, off-site photography session in Boscowadi, Uttan, led by Ronit Sarkar to understand various facets of natural light photography, as well as using drones. The session covered day- and night-light photography, camera angles to strengthen their skills.

 

12-week Radio Production Workshop

All India Radio’s RJ Fali Singara held a series of workshops on the theoretical and practical aspects of running a radio show. Students worked hands on with every aspect of production using professional equipment.

 

“4-Day training course on “Engaging media for effective and efficient Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation” organised jointly by GIZ and BMM Department,  St Xavier’s College under the Indo-German HWC Project, at St Xavier’s College - Mumbai during July 22 - 25, 2019.

GIZ is a German development agency, which works for international development cooperation. The four-day workshop involved a range of workshops and activities, aimed at highlighting the media’s role in mitigation of human and wildlife conflict. TYBMM students worked closely with journalists and zoologists, understanding the nuances of conflict, and reflecting on the role they might play as future media persons.

Sh. Ramesh Menon (media expert), Sh. Ananda Banerjee (Award- winning Environmental Journalist, Author, Graphic Artist and Communications Specialist), Sh. Ajay Desai (Wildlife Management Consultant of WWF India), Dr. Vidya Athreya (Ecologist working extensively in India on the human leopard conflict issue).

Dr. Neeraj Khera (Biodiversity Programme, Team Leader, Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation (HWC) Project), Mr. Nikit Surve (Zoologist and Researcher), Mr.  Virat  Singh ( Journalist), Ms. Swagatama Mukherjee.

 

Experiential workshop to build self- leadership

An experiential workshop that build on Somatic practices, using (Yoga, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, dance) to compliment cognitive understanding of concepts like Self, Wellbeing, Purpose, Resilience using a variety of frameworks to align Mind, Body and Soul was conducted for mass media students. The workshop conducted by Ms. Bhavana Issar, and Ashu Kumud Kalia. Founder & CEO and co-founder respectively of a business consulting firm, Sambhaavna (www.sambhaavna. com), and a social venture Caregiver Saathi™ (www.caregiver.co.in). Bhavana is a passionate person with diverse interests.      

 

Interactive session with Mr. Sashi Kumar, founder and Director, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

With the coronavirus pandemic taking hold of the globe, many industries saw demand for their products fall drastically. Among the worst hit is journalism, which has already been reeling with economic pressures and job cuts. Mr. Sashi Kumar, founder and director of ACJ, Chennai interacted with students, showing them the way forward and reflecting on the current state of journalism in India and abroad.

 
Ms. Perrie Subramaniam
Head, Department of Mass Media

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