WEBINAR ON JOURNALISM AT THE CROSSROAD ORGANISED
The Department of Political Science, Don Bosco College, Tura, organized a webinar on the
theme “Journalism at the Crossroads” on 5th September 2020.
The session began with the welcome address by the Principal, Fr. Bivan Rodrigues Mukhim, who highlighted the importance of media in disseminating correct information to the society.
The resource person was Mr Sumit Dasgupta, former deputy editor of The Telegraph, Kolkata, and editor of Metro, t2 and Young Metro, and presently managing his own startup ALLCAP Communications in Kolkata. The webinar, basically aimed at students aspiring to be journalists, attracted many participants from India and abroad.
Mr Dasgupta was in conversation with the HOD of Don Bosco College, Tura, Smt. Ipshita Roy who convened the interaction by posing a set of questions to the resource person. Mr Dasgupta highlighted the fact that an aspiring journalist ought to be a good communicator and storyteller, be multi-skilled, have an eye for news and events, and be open to creating content for any medium. The aspirant should start early during his student days, video-capturing or writing stories from areas of personal interest or highlighting some hyperlocal issues of public interest.
With the growing popularity of digital platforms, there is ample scope in content writing for OTT players like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar etc, which, Mr Dasgupta said, would be recruiting far more writers than newspapers would.
At the end of the session, the resource person answered some questions from the participants. The webinar concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Mr Binendro N. Marak. It was an enriching and informative session.