ICAN 2018: A rendezvous with the prominence

India Today Media Institute

Written by: Akriti Anand

The International Conference titled India and Changing Aspects of News is successfully organized by Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida. The conference was inaugurated on 9th March 2018 and it welcomed famous personas like Prabhat Shunglu, who was the keynote speaker for the day and Mr. Anirban Sharma, National Programme Officer, Communication and Information Sector from UNESCO. The event started with a speech by the prominent journalist Mark Tully, the Bureau chief of BBC, who enlightened students in the context of journalism and challenges the profession experiences in its daily course. Mr. Shunglu, in his address, stated various transformed aspects of journalism and touched upon the topics related to fake journalism, yellow journalism and digital journalism.

The conference emerged to be an opportunistic platform for researchers, scholars, established as well as budding journalists and other students, as it gave them a chance to present their ideas and thoughts. There were presenters from around the globe who had much experience, intelligent ideas and inferences. Being among them and learning their theories and research outcomes was a valued experience which needs to be shared here. The sharing of knowledge in the room in the form of discussions and presentations turned out to be an impactful session for everyone present at the moment.

The Presentation of my own ideas and analysis before the senior media professional, Mr. Pradeep Mathur, was a wonderful opportunity that this conference has endowed me with. The topic of my research paper ‘Cultural Nationalism: A Discourse Analysis of News Channels’ talked about the current idea of nation as a superior entity defined by the borders, which is preferred to the lives of its citizen. Also, it focused on the misinterpretation of the word Nationalism which has now become a synonym to the right- wing ideology and the religion and traditions of Hindus, who forms the major part of this country, India. Furthermore, the ways in which this “hyper-nationalism”/ “ultra-nationalism”, or the most appropriately called Jingoism is promoted by the Indian News channels, causing an emotional turmoil clinging to the sensitivity of the topics (nationalism and religion) in order to gain TRP is justified in the paper. Using the theories of major philosophers like Edward Said, Louis Althusser, Hobsbawn and Michel Foucault, too is embodied in the research done to elaborate on the current situation of the country.

Presenting my work in the same panel my professor Mr. Hemant Kaushik, too was a presenter is one great feeling to be cherished all day long. The research papers were also published in the conference books titled: Nationalism Ethnicity and Media Ethics, Liberty Dignity and Change in Journalism, Fake News and Media Trail and Badalte Daur ki Patrika (in hindi). This conference was not only a boost to the confidence, but also a stepping stone towards a better future for everyone who made the first day a success.

About the Author: Akriti Anand is a trainee journalist at India Today Media Institute

Published by: Shubhrika Bahadur Satyawakta

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