The School of Communication organised India first Mobile Journalism Workshop for journalists on April 7 and 8, 2016. The workshop, which was conducted by Prof (Dr) Stephen Quinn, an Australian journalist-turned-trainer, was attended by 20 Indian journalists.
The journalists belonged to four major media groups. The highest numbers of participants came from The Hindustan Times, which sent eight journalists. This was followed by Business Standard, which sent 5 journalists. Network 18 sent four journalists while The Mint sent three.
The unique feature of this workshop was that the training was not limited to shooting a video film on a mobile phone. But it focused on editing the video on mobile phone, changing tracks, inserting still images, voice over etc.
Prof Quinn said the objective of the training was to enable the journalists to use the mobile phone to create video stories for being published on the net. It was about producing quality news video for online journalism. It was about compression and selection. It was as much about what you leave out as what you include.
The hands on workshop was a great hit, with 19 of the 20 participants stating that it was a very rewarding experience for them. They could now can film, interview, edit, headline stories and do voiceovers while working in the field.
The workshop was part of the School of Communications endeavour to provide hands on, skill-based training to media professionals. It had specially invited Prof Quinn, who is a foremost exponent of training in mobile journalism, from UK to conduct the workshop.
Dr Quinn has worked for top newspapers and television channels and taught at universities in eight countries. His last media assignment was with the South China Morning Post (2011-13) where he was the Digital Development Editor. He has trained MoJos in 16 countries in the past six years.
According to Prof Sunil Saxena, Dean, School of Communication, The School has identified four emerging areas of journalism to conduct research and provide training to media professionals. These four area are: mobile journalism, data journalism, social media and multimedia.