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Empowering Youth through Citizen Journalism

The Mass Media department of Don Bosco College, Panaji, in collaboration with the US Consulate, Mumbai, and the International Centre, Goa is organising workshops on the theme : ‘Empowering Youth through Citizen Journalism’ on February 27 and February 28. 

Lata Rajeev, coordinator of the mass media department, says the college is grateful for a very generous grant from the US Consulate to make the event possible. “Such support allows us to give our students invaluable exposure and motivation outside the class room,” she says.

The first day, open to all, will be held at the International Centre, Goa, from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. The resource person for the first session is Stalin K, a teacher, trainer and documentary filmmaker with over two decades of experience pioneering new models of community media.

Stalin currently leads Video Volunteers, an international media and rights organisation, and will guide students on using media to empower marginalised communities. The session will include tips on documentary filmmaking, group activities and will conclude with an interactive question answer session. Students will be shown clippings of award-winning documentaries.

His film Lesser Humans won the Silver Conch at the Mumbai International Film Festival and a Special Mention at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Amsterdam in 1998. Our Water Our Future, a film on the Native American tribes of Wyoming, USA and their rights over their natural resource. India Untouched won the Best Film at the One Billion Eye Film Festival in Chennai and the Best Documentary at the Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival in New York.

The second workshop will be conducted by assistant Professor of Mass Media Gauri Gharpure, at the college. Her talk will cover the need for constructive stories, optimising social media for citizen journalism and designing campaigns for propelling awareness / community causes.

On February 28, students will take part in collage, essay-writing photo-story, theatre and album-making competitions at the Don Bosco College campus.

Mitali Rathod, a third year student says, “It’s a good platform to express ourselves because it gives voice to our individuality. It’s also fun because we get to interact with other students,” she says.

“We have been waiting for Prime Time and finally the moment has come. I am excited to make an album for Don Bosco. Since we are entering the world of media, the workshop will open our eyes to new ideas,” says Ninoshka Andrade, a first year student.

The event is organised as part of the department’s annual event, Prime Time, held since 2009. Certificates will be given to the participants issued by the US Consulate, Mumbai.

(Limited seats on prior registration only. For queries, email: gauri.gharpure@gmail.com with the subject line Prime Time Registration.)

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