SPJS joins Asian J-school network

The Statesman
Asia News Network

Phnom Penh, 13 February

Leading media academic institutions from five Asian countries, including the Statesman Print Journalism School, have reached an agreement to forge a regional collaboration on media education that will be called the Alliance of Asian Media Schools.
Besides SPJS, the schools are the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Philippines` Ateneo de Manila University, Nation University`s Faculty of Communication Arts from Thailand, Royal University of Phnom Penh`s Department of Media and Communication (DMC) from Cambodia and National Management College in Yangon, Myanmar.
The media schools will work together to synergise their media courses so as to allow students to access education across the five countries, exchange teachers, and introduce a new pan-Asian knowledge curriculum.The five met at the Asian J-School Summit in Phnom Penh last weekend organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung`s Media Programme Asia. Also participating at the meeting were the Asia News Network, an alliance of 22 media organisations in 19 Asian countries including The Statesman, and the Rural Media Network of Pakistan.
``These are top journalism schools,`` said Torben Stephan, director of the KAS Media Programme, Asia. ``The time has come to join and work on a new regional perspective of journalism education.``
The initiative will be put together under the direction of Dr Violet Valdez, associate professor and executive director of ACFJ. She said, `` AMS is envisioned as a platform for sharing experiences and resources, and forging a journalism curriculum that is relevant to the culture and aspirations of Asian societies.``


SPJS students attended the workshop titled `` IN ADVOCACY OF ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM IN INDIA``, organized by Millenium Institute of Energy & Environment Managementand in association with the Council for Scientific & Cultural Research, Government of India on 13 September, 2014 ( Saturday) at Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), Jadavpur. Environmentalists, social commentators and legal experts gave presentations on emerging environmental issues and the need to take steps to minimize environmental degradation. Dignitaries who enlightened the audience included Mr. Manash Ghosh, Editor, Dainik Statesman; Mr. Swapan Mullick, Director, SPJS; Mr. Samar Bagchi, former Director, BITM; Dr. Asis Kr. Ghosh, Dr. Jayanta Kumar Biswas, Prof. Shameek Sen, Dr. Abhijit Mitra and Dr. Dipankar Chakraborty. Environmental Journalism is part the SPJS curriculum. The speakers went into the history of environmental reporting and the efforts being made recently to raise the level of awareness on environmental issues. The students benefited from the experience and reported on the event as part of their project.
SPJS students attend Rural Reporting awards function

The Statesman Awards for Rural Reporting 2014 and the Cushrow Irani Prize for Environmental Reporting were given away at Kala Mandir on September 16, 2014.SPJS students participated in the programme and for the first time recited the citations for the award winners.The award winners were,Mr Saji Mulanthuruthy for his story on the plight of tribals on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border,Mr Ashraff Vattapara for his report on flesh trade in the border areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and Mr Ketan Trivedi for his report on the Desar village. The environmental reporting award was given to Mr Bharat Dogra.
     The award giving ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on the topic ``For India`s sake the Congress must survive``.The panelists were distinguished personalities-Prof Hari Vasudevan,Mr MG Devashayam,Mr Krishnan Srinavasan,Ms Kalyani Shankar,Prof Omprakash  Mishra and Mr Sidharth Bhatia.The SPJS students were in the audience to absorb the arguments raised which they would later discuss in class.The discussion was fruitful especially for the students as it allowed them the opportunity to study various opinions regarding the present political scenario.

SPJS students attend workshop on Social Media

The seminar on impact of the social media and the possibility of media careers was attended by students of The Statesman Print Journalism School along with the Director, Mr. Swapan Mullick, at the American Center on 2 September, 2014.Ms. Mandy Jenkins, an American social news consultant, digital media trainer and news editor at Storyful addressed the seminar explaining ``How social media is changing news and its evolution``.
The seminar was conducted with various target groups, students, journalists, businessmen and NGO leaders. The seminar was an exposure for the mass communication and journalism students as it revolved around an important and sensitive issue. The programme was wrapped up with an interactive session and a thanksgiving speech by Ms. J.Joria, Director of the American Center.


For the first time students of SPJS went to Basirhat on 9 September 2014 during the by~ election campaign to get a fair idea of the election fever. They talked to the Congress candidate of Basirhat constituency Asit Mazumdar. He explained why he was hopeful of victory. The students gathered information about the political scenario of Taki and Basirhat and the problems affecting the people of the locality such as arsenic contamination of water and cattle smuggling across the Bangladesh border. They got to see the miserable condition of the roads in the locality which was also an election issue. The students witnessed the mood of the campaign from mobile vans and local rallies organised by different parties. The most prominent candidate who had the largest number of hoardings was Dibyendu Biswas of Trinamul Congress. The students talked to a local tea shop owner to understand the prospects of the candidate and their image among the the local villagers. The students tried to investigate whether the mood of the villagers would be reflected in the ballot box. This was a fruitful experience of visiting a constituency during an election campaign. It helped the students understand the process in which elections are conducted and the response of the different stake-holders, the candidates and the voters.