Dhenkanal: “Use of mobile phones in journalism is growing not just because it’s cost effective and convenient. These days, mobile phones are producing high quality audio visual content in less time. This has actually increased the quality and speed of television/digital journalism. It’s just a matterof time when every journalist will be compelled to use their cell phones effectively and skillfully to gather news for TV, digital and print as well,” Prof Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee Regional Director of IIMC Eastern India Campus said this to the journalism students of Odisha State Open University (OSOU), Sambalpur who were here at IIMC Dhenkanal for a Special training programme.
This five-day session of the special training programme based on hands-on activities for the journalism students of OSOU began on Monday (13th May) and will continue till Friday (17th May). While Inaugurating this session, Prof Chatterjee informed the students that why Mobile Journalism is given importance in this training session. “With the growing requirement in the industry, we decided to introduce Mobile Journalism or MoJo in this training programme along with other important aspects of journalism,” he said. He also said that it is a mandate of a national institute to cater to reach each and every individual who is willing to learn.
IIMC has been organizing such training programmes for OSOU students since 2016. More than 400 journalism and mass communication students from OSOU have been trained by the premier media institution since then. OSOU is the only Open University in the country, which is providing a special hands-on training programme to its students. As many as 21 students from different parts of the state, pursuing diploma and degree courses in journalism, participated in this session.