Dibrugarh: The Centre for Studies in Journalism & Mass Communication (CSJMC) of Dibrugarh University, one of the finest media and communications institutions of North-East India, successfully hosted 2-day debut edition of ‘The Kaleido Conclave’.

The conclave was organised in collaboration with Oil India Ltd., Duliajan, and Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd, Lepetkata, at the varsity’s Indira Miri Conference Hall.

Day 1 of the event saw the presence of eminent media dignitaries from northeast India namely Karma Paljor, Editor-in-Chief of EastMojo, seasoned journalist Oineetom Ojah, OIL Spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika and independent filmmaker Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia of Baghjan fame. The second day was graced by renowned Master Puppet Artist Binita Devi.

OIL Spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika

The two-day event focussed on the ever-growing and crucial practices across media namely journalism, public relations, cinema and new media, and the significance of understanding the industry nuances across these diverse fortes in academia.

In his message, Dr. Probin Kumar Gogoi, Chairperson, CSJMC, Dibrugarh University, said, “I am elated that we were able to successfully host the first-ever edition of ‘The Kaleido Conclave’ 22’ organized by the CSJMC. The sole idea of the conclave was to celebrate the gathering of illustrious national and regional media dignitaries, and our students to allow a fruitful exchange of ideas and dialogue to close the gap between industry and academia.”

“I hope we have been able to achieve that and look forward to the editions to come,” Dr Gogoi added.

The inaugural session ignited conversations on the new world of journalism, on public relations and convergence of data and storytelling, emerging practices in independent film-making.

Chief guest Prof. Deb Kumar Chakraborty, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, highlighted how policies with the help of media as the conduit has the power to be a change agent to bring about the needed changes in education and overall national development.

EastMojo’s Karma Paljor, who came in as the New Media resource person, commenced the session and stressed the importance of understanding the nuances of the digital news landscape.

He said, “Understanding the digital audience is key. The future of digital media in the context of news is not reporting on ground but rather fact-checking expertise alongside data journalism, new avenues that’s opening up in journalism today. Journalists are going to play a key role as fact finders, and there is a bright future for it.”

Seasoned journalist Oineetom Ojah added how journalism has undergone a sea change with each day throwing new challenges and ever-changing treatment of news by diverse readers.

“Never leave your ethics and credibility; it is the only legacy that you can leave behind. There is immense hope in the young generation in media,” she said.

Independent filmmaker Jaicheng Xzai Dohutia deep dived into the practice of independent film-making. He said, “I am happy to be able to make it to The Kaleido Conclave. My hope is that cinema is seen and treated as real art and the efforts of young media students in making that happen will matter in the long run.”

Puppeteer Binita Devi

OIL’s Tridiv Hazarika took the audience through the nuances of the increasing importance of storytelling for good.

“It is Public Relations that will help you come less scathed or unscathed out of a crisis. The only umbrella that you will have on a rainy day is good, conscious PR and you must ensure that you have a strong, quality umbrella,” Hazarika added.

The second day ended on a high note with a puppetry workshop conducted by master puppeteer Binita Devi. The workshop received an enthused student and faculty participation as they were introduced to the novel experience in puppetry that help expand the scope of an ancient art form, demonstrating the importance of combining communication and folklore.

DU’s Centre for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication has been successful in carving a niche for itself in the field of media and communication education since its inception in 2008.

Eminent scholars, journalists, filmmakers, video professionals, corporate communication specialists, and leading academicians constitute a panel of eminent visiting faculty, offering quality education to students from across India and those from abroad enrolled under Indian Council for Cultural Relations – African Scholarship Scheme.

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