Dibrugarh: The Center for Journalism and Mass Communication Studies (CSJMC) at Dibrugarh University, one of the best media and communication institutions in North East India, has successfully hosted the first edition of 2 days of “The Kaleido Conclave”.
The conclave was organized in collaboration with Oil India Ltd., Duliajan, and Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd, Lepetkata at the university’s Indira Miri Lecture Hall.
The first day of the event saw the presence of prominent media dignitaries from North East India, namely Karma Paljor, Editor-in-Chief of IsMojoveteran journalist Oineetom Ojah, OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika and independent filmmaker Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia from Baghjan celebrity. The second day was graced by renowned puppet artist Binita Devi.
The two-day event focused on the growing and crucial practices in media, namely journalism, public relations, film and new media, and the importance of understanding the nuances of the industry at through these various forces in academia.
In his message, Dr. Probin Kumar Gogoi, President of CSJMC, University of Dibrugarh said, “I am delighted that we were able to successfully organize the first ever edition of ‘Kaleido Conclave’ 22 organized by CSJMC. The sole idea of the conclave was to celebrate the gathering of illustrious national and regional media dignitaries, and our students to enable a fruitful exchange of ideas and dialogue to bridge the gap between industry and academia.
“I hope we were able to achieve this and I look forward to future editions,” added Dr Gogoi.
The inaugural session sparked conversations about the new world of journalism, about public relations and the convergence of data and storytelling, emerging practices in independent filmmaking.
The keynote speaker, Professor Deb Kumar Chakraborty, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, highlighted how politicians, with the help of the media as a channel, have the power to be a change agent to bring about changes necessary in education and overall national development.
EastMojo’s Karma Paljor, who came as a resource person on new media, opened the session and highlighted the importance of understanding the nuances of the digital information landscape.
He said: “Understanding the digital audience is essential. The future of digital media in the news context is not on-the-ground reporting but rather fact-checking expertise alongside data journalism, new avenues opening up today in the journalism. Journalists are going to play a key role as investigators, and there is a bright future for that.
Veteran journalist Oineetom Ojah added how journalism has undergone a drastic change with every day new challenges and ever-changing treatment of news by various readers.
“Never quit your ethics and your credibility; it is the only legacy you can leave behind. There is immense hope in the younger generation in the media,” she said.
Independent filmmaker Jaicheng Xzai Dohutia has immersed himself in the practice of independent cinema. He said, “I am happy to be able to go to Kaleido Conclave. I hope that cinema will be considered and treated as a real art and that the efforts of young media students to achieve this will count in the long run.
OIL’s Tridiv Hazarika explained to the audience the nuances of the growing importance of storytelling for good.
“It’s public relations that will help you come out of a crisis less hurt or unscathed. The only umbrella you will have on a rainy day is good conscious communication and you need to make sure you have a strong, quality umbrella,” Hazarika added.
The second day ended on a high note with a puppet workshop led by master puppeteer Binita Devi. The workshop received enthusiastic attendance from students and faculty as they were introduced to the new experience of puppetry which helps expand the reach of an ancient art form, demonstrating the importance of combining communication and folklore.
DU’s Center for Journalism and Mass Communication Studies has successfully carved out a place for itself in the field of media and communication education since its inception in 2008.
Prominent scholars, journalists, filmmakers, video professionals, corporate communication specialists and leading academicians make up a panel of eminent visiting professors, providing quality education to students across India and those from abroad enrolled under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations – African Scholarship Scheme.
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