Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sree Sreenivation cautions journalists about the storm that may change the journalism

Interactive session organised by Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI) on 13th August 2016 at Chennai
Digital Journalism Association of India (DiJAI) organised an interactive session with Prof. Sree Sreenivasan, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, Columbia School of Journalism, New York at Chennai Press Club on 13th August 2016. During his discussion, he cautioned all the working journalists and the students about the storm that may change the journalism itself at one point of time. 

He informed that more than 15000 journalists have lost their job in the print media in US.  He said, Digital Journalism is growing at fast rate.  He requested all to get ready for the changes and be prepared by adopting to new skills.

Prime Point Srinivasan, Managing Trustee and Chairman of DiJAI said that in India 'DIgital only' journalism was growing fast. These digital news media offer the information in a fastest manner.  But Srinivasan regretted that these 'Digital only'  journalists were not recognised by the Government and other Authorities.  Prof. Sree agreed with this observation and said that they faced the same situation few years ago in western world.  Now the other countries give due recognition to the digital journalism.  He suggested that the bodies like DiJAI should take up with the Government Authorities and convince them.  

He also touched on varied areas like the current trends in journalism, the urgent need for acquiring new skills, revenue model for digital journalism, etc. 

The programme was organised by Bharathi Thamizhan (President of DiJAI) and Nurullah (Vice President of DiJAI) at the Press Club.  Susan Koshy, Secretary proposed vote of thanks.  Many senior journalists and students attended the session.

DiJAI plans similar sessions at various educational institutions to create awareness about digital journalism and to get ready for the changes. 

All the photographs can be viewed and downloaded form this link.

Please listen to a brief podcast of 9 minutes covering important aspects of his speech. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Interactive session with Prof. Sree Sreenivasan on Emerging trends in social media and digital journalism

Interactive session with Prof. Sree Sreenivasan on Emerging trends in social media and digital journalism

Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI) organises an interactive session with Sree Sreenivasan,(internationally well known social media and digital evangelist and Technology Journalist based at New York) on Saturday, 13th August 2016 at 10.30 am  at Chennai Press Club.  

Working journalists and digital journalists may participate.  Since the seats are limited, please confirm participation through SMS or WhatsApp to Prime Point Srinivasan over 9176650273.  No participation fee. Only confirmation is needed. 

Please also share this information for the benefit of all journalism students and working journalists.   You may also kindly share with journalism faculty members of other colleges.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

DiJAI formally launched with a workshop

Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI), the recent initiative of your ezine PreSense, was inaugurated on 2nd April 2016 at IIT Madras by Dr Santhosh Babu IAS, Chairman of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Corporation.  The inauguration was followed by a workshop on "Essentials of Digital Journalism".  Highlights of the speeches:

Dr Santhosh Babu, IAS - Inaugural Speech
  • The digital audience of today want to see latest and up-to-date news and not news that is even a day old.  Digital journalists should cater to the needs of smart phone users also.
  • Digital journalists should learn to use the 'Big data' to understand human preferences and help make their stories more meaningful  
  • Professional ethics should be inculcated as each digital journalist’s personal ‘Lakshman Rekha'. DiJAI should facilitate this and create awareness.
Dr B Muthukumaran, Technology Expert - "Digital journalism Tools"
  •  Present day readers are not satisfied with just stories.  They demand supporting data too.
  • Big data can be used to solve complex problems in digital journalism.
  • There are several free tools in the internet that can be effectively used by the digital journalists.
  • Drupal and WordPress (both open source) can be used for news sites.  Recently, New York Observer migrated from Drupal to WordPress.
  • 'Google Translate' Android app can be used to interact with people of different language.
Dr Muthukumaran’s Presentation can be downloaded from the link

N Ramesh, Advocate - "Legal Aspects in Digital Journalism"    
  • The Indian Constitution is the basis for fundamental rights.  The Constitution does not provide any special freedom to 'Press'.  The rights and duties applicable to all the citizens are applicable to the media too.
  • In the case of messages, where intrusion of privacy is involved, all the persons who have shared such messages defaming others are chargeable with civil and criminal liability. However, statements made in the public domain are subject to criticism. Such criticism will not come under defamation.
  • 'Hate speech' and 'defamation' have different definitions.
  • Many digital media writers do violate several codes.  The Government should enact laws to regulate the digital media.
Cyber Simman, Technology Columnist and Senior Journalist - "Ethics in Digital Journalism"
  • All journalists, including digital journalists, should be aware of the do’s and don’ts.
  • Basic ethics have not changed over the years, in spite of all development and progress.  They however need to be updated.
  • Digital journalists should follow four important fundamentals viz. (1) accuracy and truth, (2) reliability, (3) responsibility and (4) neutrality.
  • The fear, concern and debates that are being held today due to the growth of digital media, were present even in 1858 when the telegram was introduced. It is considered the second revolution in media, the first being the printing technology. The telegram when introduced, was considered 'too fast for the truth'.
DiJAI plans to conduct similar workshops to hone the professional skills and to bring together digital journalists at a global level. 

Some of the photographs taken during the occassion.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

DiJAI workshop - Registration closed

In view of the overwhelming response, DiJAI has closed the registration for the workshop to be held on 2nd April 2016.  Individual communication has been sent to the eligible nominations.  DiJAI has given priority to working professionals and Faculty members of digital journalism courses.   Please keep visiting this site for updates.
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