There is nothing like ‘purely objective reporting’ said Stalin K., an award winning documentary filmmaker and founder of Video Volunteers at an event organised by the Mass Media department of Don Bosco College, Panaji. Stalin spoke about the need of using media to empower marginalised communities as part of Prime Time 2015, the annual media fest of the Mass Media department of Don Bosco College, Panaji. The event, on the theme ‘Empowering Youth through Citizen Journalism,’ was held on February 27 and 28 in collaboration with US Consulate, Mumbai, and International Centre, Goa.
“There can be different permutations and combinations of reporting styles.” Stalin said. “There is a lot of confusion when students are taught basic journalism concepts under blanket rules.” The film, ‘India Untouched’ was screened for Don Bosco students a day before the workshop and Stalin shared his personal experiences while making it. He also showed videos on tribal rights and garbage problem. At the end of first session, Mitali Rathod, a third year mass media student of Don Bosco, shared her experience at the ‘Study of the U.S. Institutes program 2014’ in the US.
Assistant professor Gauri Gharpure, conducted the second session of the workshop. She focused on the need for constructive stories and using social media effectively. This was an interactive session where she made students participate in exercises that helped them articulate the reasons for their likes and dislikes and to find constructive solutions. A documentary competition, open to participants of other colleges as well, was announced at the end of the workshop.
On Saturday, Don Bosco College held Essay writing, Collage, Photo Story, Don Bosco Anthem Album and Skit competitions. Panaji MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar came to the college and briefly interacted with students of mass media department. He urged the department to hold such events frequently. Participation certificates sponsored by the US Consulate, Mumbai were given to all participants. Books and other gifts will be given to the winners.