AMU Mass Communication to start a course in Digital Journalism

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ALIGARH  : The Department of Mass Communication, Aligarh Muslim University will start a new course in Digital Journalism from the upcoming session.

Talking to newspersons, Chairman, Prof. Pitabas Pradhan said that in today’s digital era, the need for digital skills in journalism is increasing and there is a need for bringing a change in students’ orientation in their respective fields. In view of this need, the Department is starting a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Journalism.

“The objective of this course is to develop digital skills in students, which also includes the knowledge of up-to-date software used in the media world for various purposed such as video editing, photo editing, and sound recording, etc.”, he stated.

Prof Pradhan said that the duration of the course will be 1 year with a total of 30 intakes and it will be completed in two semesters.

“The admission will be given through a written test conducted by the department and a graduate in any discipline can apply for admission. Information related to the syllabus is available on the website of the university”, he added.

Meanwhile, addressing a one-day data workshop on data journalism, Prof. Umesh Arya, Dean, Mass Communication Department, Guru Jambheshwar University, threw light on the ongoing programmes through Google News Effective. He elaborated on journalists can make news accurately using correct data.

Dr. Arya also shed light on the important websites and their experiments and said that while writing news, they can use these websites to extract correct data, as the correct figures only make news credible.

In his welcome address, Prof. Pitabas Pradhan said that in today’s data-rich era, it is important to identify the right data and use it properly.

Coordinator of the programme, Dr. K. Sahu said that in the coming era, students need to have mastery over digital as well as data resources and this workshop underlines this fact.

Dr. Huma Parveen, assistant professor of the department presented the vote of thanks. More than 50 students, research scholars and journalists participated in the workshop.