Three Newsletters of ICAN 2018
ICAN Combined Report
Intensive rumination on news brings scholars together at DME
‘Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.’ – Jesse Jackson
DME Media School organized ICAN 2018 (India and Changing Aspects of News), a three-day International Conference from 9–11 March, 2018.The objective of the conference was to deliberate and come to vital conclusions with effective academic research done by scholars and academicians from across the globe.
Day 1 of ICAN kick-started with the Prof. (Dr.) Susmita Bala (HOD, DME Media School) addressing and welcoming dignitaries, presenters, faculty members and students with sheer gratitude and sharing important information about the conference. She told about the 124 research papers accepted from the 172 abstracts. An inaugural video address was delivered by octogenarian journalist, Mr. Mark Tully. It was followed by a Photography Exhibition which showcased pictures clicked by the students on various topics. There were 5 technical sessions and 1 plenary session. The topic of the plenary session being ‘Reinterpreting News and Ethics’ which saw the panelists discussing important issues and sharing valuable insights about the role of ethics in journalism. The panel consisted of Senior Professor Pradeep Mathur, Professor Ram Mohan Pathak, Dr. Avinash Singh and Dr. Sukhnandan Singh. The day came to an end with the screening of a short film named ‘Azaad’ directed by Rahul V. Chittella.
The enthusiasm of the participants and student volunteers welcomed the second day with great energy. Seven technical sessions and a plenary session themed ‘Redefining Media’s Role in Development’ chaired by Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary , Professor Shivaji Sarkar , Dr. Namrata Joshi and Dr. Ambrish Saxena. The day ended with great fervor with a sitar recital performance by Pt. Sunil Kant Saxena, Kathak performance by Smt. Parul Mishra and other performances by the students of DME.
A master class on the topic ‘Theory Building through Research’ by a reputed authority in ‘Bhartiya Sanchar Siddhant’, Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary from Kathmandu University was held on days 3 of ICAN, i.e. 11th March, 2018. Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary was felicitated by Mr. Aman Sahni (Vice Chairman, DME).
The 3-day conference saw academicians and prominent media practitioners from reputed academic and media organizations. The event was a great success as it received enthusiastic response nationwide and from abroad. ICAN 2018 was covered by Dainik Jagran, India Today, Amar Ujala and other national and regional newspaper dailies.