communication, coimbatore

The Newsroom, Department of Communication, is the central place where students training to become journalists—reporters, editors, news producers, anchors,—meet to view and gather news that is of local, national and international importance. This encourages students to engage with the news.

Public attitudes toward the press have changed in recent years, and in some instances, a growing criticism has reduced the prestige of the information media. There is an underlying need for including a study of the role of mass media in society, and of the social responsibilities of journalists in any Mass Communication programme. Today, editorial content is created, used and disseminated via multiple platforms and this expands the communicative options between journalists and their audiences. One consequence is an increased connectivity between journalists and audiences. The Newsroom, Department of Communication, is the central place where students training to become journalists—reporters, editors, news producers, anchors,—meet to view and gather news that is of local, national and international importance. This encourages them to engage with the news.

Students have access to the important DTH news channels to access newsworthy events, activities and occasions to keep abreast of emerging angles on topical stories. The Newsroom facilitates a reorganization of dominating frames of relevance in journalism with respect to its communicative orientation, thus following the recent trends in journalism training methods and facilities

In the Newsroom, the methods of the skill of journalism are developed on the principle of 'learning by debating’ on how news channels report events and the ideology behind the reports. Newspaper Reading and news assimilation is essential for the aspirants of all kinds of competitive exams as well as wannabe journalists. Methodical reading of newspapers on a regular basis students crack competitive exams. News articles aid in reading comprehension and developing the verbal ability, vocabulary and grammar. Students understand the nuances of news coverage related to economy and business, politics, international news, sport, and other miscellaneous news. Students pick up the habit of active reading, rather than passively reading the newspaper. They are encouraged to spend time to think and reflect upon the issue being covered, regarding its background and future implications.

The Newsroom is used to facilitate the following courses:

18CMJ110 Current Affairs Analysis: I 18CMJ210 Current Affairs Analysis III
18CMJ120 Current Affairs Analysis: II 18CMJ210 Current Affairs Analysis III
18CMJ210 Current Affairs Analysis III 18CMJ505 Contemporary Issues: I
18CMJ210 Current Affairs Analysis III 18CMJ515 Contemporary Issues: II

Equipped with a Projector , Videocon DTH for access to news channels and a SONY Home theatre, the Newsroom is wi-fi enabled. The newsroom enables students to run news day’s encompassing video, radio, web and print in one collaborative space. The newsroom also allows delivery of all aspects of teaching the Department's range of journalism courses.

K. Krishna Kumar
Academic Advisor
Dept. of Mass Communication,
Amrita Vishwa Vidypeetham,
Coimbatore
 

Aswathi K. B.
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Mass Communication,
Amrita Vishwa Vidypeetham,
Coimbatore
kb_aswathi@cb.amrita.edu