- MASCOM although started for print journalism, now has broadcast journalism
- MASCOM the number one choice among students aspiring to be journalists
The Manorama School of Communication (MASCOM) held its annual open day and exhibition which concluded on a grand note in Kottayam, in the Kerala State recently.
It witnessed the participation of over 60 guests who admired the creativity of its students.
The students in the print stream displayed their articles published in The Fourth Estate – the weekly lab-newspaper of MASCOM, along with a display of regional and foreign newspapers.
In addition to that, a theme newspaper based on the title of Climate Change was also created by its students which extensively highlighted the impact of the Kerala floods.
They also engaged the visitors in pooling in their ideas on how one could reduce their Carbon footprint. The student protests for the Parkland shooting was the theme for the foreign newspapers and students at MASCOM drew up posters on why books should replace guns and the importance of education rather than war. The Sri Lankan stall too received much attention as it had the Easter Sunday Attack as one of the themes. It was quite interesting to see many visitors wishing peace and goodwill for Sri Lanka.
Although MASCOM was initially set up to nurture students in the print stream, the broadcast stream was also introduced four years ago.
Hence, the students of the broadcast stream too had created some informative videos, which highlighted new waves of journalism, how to use a podcast and many more.
In addition to that, a movie was screened for the guests, which explored the evolution of movies. One main attraction of the broadcast kiosk was the live radio section, where guests had a chance to sit at a live discussion with the radio presenter.
Visitors also had a chance to try their skills at live reporting on TV. The broadcast students also had a display of handmade Chekkutty Dolls, which were a symbol of resilience in flood-hit Kerala.
At the height of the floods, a group of designers made soft dolls out of stained and torn handloom clothes and the dolls symbolize each one of them who survived the floods. While in its 17th year of providing streamlined training for students interested in print and broadcast journalism, MASCOM strives to inculcate an understanding of the role of journalists in the Indian society to its students. Apart from that, it trains students to think critically and learn how to gather and present information in a quick, accurate and interesting way.
Under the guidance of Prof K. Thomas Oommen and an experienced faculty, MASCOM has become the number one choice among students aspiring to be journalists in the print and broadcast streams.
The students in the print stream displayed their articles published in The Fourth Estate – the weekly lab newspaper of MASCOM along with a display of regional and foreign newspapers