Media is considered the fourth pillar in a democracy with the key objective of ensuring transparency and accountability through public awareness. The fact that media is a powerful tool is made obvious by the fact that every government and corporation is focused on reigning control over the mainstream media.
And so despite it being termed as a ‘pillar of democracy’, there is no direct involvement of the masses in using, accessing and benefiting from the media. Big media is nothing but a business used by the capitalist class and the elite for profit motive.
New digital technology and the arrival of social media in today’s times has opened up a myriad opportunities for the common people by providing a platform to raise their voice. While digital technologies have their own politics and issues of control as well as several adverse impacts too, there is still a window, actually, an ever growing scope for Citizen’s Journalism through new media.
In a day and age when the government and private companies are using the new media to their advantage it has become imperative that socially conscious and active citizens assert their access and use of the new media to raise real issues that impact every day lives of the marginalised people.
Mobile Journalism is a form of citizen’s journalism is based on the concept of ‘of the public, by the public, and for the public’. It is increased public participation in the new media that will make this a stronger tool of information dissemination and thus making active our democracy.
About the workshop
Video Volunteers is a non-governmental organization working in the field of community media. The entire network of its community media initiative is spread across India with more than 200 community correspondents bringing out stories in their areas, from their community, to the world, which has not been noticed by any media.
In this workshop we would learn the about how to use MOJO or Mobile Journalism as a tool for citizen’s journalism. How it works? What are the effects? Photography, video and video editing will also be done in this workshop.
We will also discuss about how to recognize and beat fake news.
Themes of the workshop
- What is MoJo and how is it effective as a form of citizen’s journalism
- Photography, video and video editing, by mobile phones
- Positive use of social media
- Identification of News and Checking of Fake News
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is useful for all citizen’s, especially people working in social field or with small media groups, youth associated with social movements, campaigns and organisations as well as students. Those who want to be citizen’s journalists in order to highlight and address the every day issues faced by the masses. (Participants are requested to bring an android phone with camera to the workshop)
Rajkumar is a video trainer at Video Volunteers, he comes with over a decade of experience in development journalism both through practice and academics. His M.Phil research looked at the impact of neo-liberal economic policies on All India Radio. Raj has experience in print, television and radio and has also scripted poems, directed plays and participated in workshops at the National School of Drama.
Participants could contribute an amount of Rs 3000/- for the workshop. However, those who have difficulty in making the full contribution could make a partial one. Those who are unable to make a contribution but are keen on participating please send in a request mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a few lines about yourself and why attending the workshop is important for you.
This workshop will be held in Hindi.
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