Maadhyam 2014, the annual media fest at Christ University, Bangalore was organized by the final year Journalism students on January 28, 2014 at the Main Auditorium. The theme for this year’s Maadhyam was “Trial by Media” – a phenomenon which has not only been debated over the years but also quite relevant in today’s scenario. The event was graced by the presence of Mrs. Chitra Subramaniam Duella, renowned investigative journalist known for her contribution to the unearthing of the Bofors scam in 198. She was joined on the dais by the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Fr. Thomas C. Mathew, the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. John Joseph Kennedy and the Head of the Department of Media Studies, Mr. Naresh Rao. Mrs. Chitra Subramaniam Duella’s keynote speech on the topic “Journalism as Public Good” was precise yet educational. A Q&A session followed the address in which she answered questions on a variety of subjects from her work during the Bofors scam to her opinion about investigative journalism today.
The fun and interesting part of the day began with Viral Video where four teams showcased their short films to director Saad Khan. The theme, this time, was ‘sting operations’ allowing the students to explore a wide range of creative avenues. ‘Editorial Cartooning’, a small tribute to the tradition of newspaper cartoons, was the next off stage event. It saw enthusiastic participation from the students of the participating colleges. On the stage, ‘Turn Coat’ had taken the audience by storm. This event saw maximum individual participation where contestants took their stand for both side of a topic and switched their opinion every time the judge asked them to. Romal Singh, eminent media personality and judge for Turn Coat, added a fun element to every participant’s performance.
The second half of the day was even more colorful. It began with ‘Inquizzitive’ – the most awaited quiz in town where six teams competed against each other for a cash prize in four rounds. The quiz was conducted by Mr. Arul Mani, President of Karnataka Quiz Association and faculty at St. Joseph’s College. the quiz was followed by a cultural performance by the final year Journalism and Communicative English students.
The day’s events came to a close with the HOD’s valedictory address and the prize distribution. The students of final year journalism also came up with a magazine ‘Chargesheet’ and a real time newsletter for the day.
- Sanjeeta Saha