How new media, social media are changing the education landscape

At the first edition of exchange4media’s "Media Education Summit" held in Delhi, eminent panelists took centerstage to discuss the topic Media Education: Then & Now

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Media education in India has gone through a paradigm shift, especially in the last few years, from the stage of experimentation to a stage of adoption. A whole new meaning has been given to the terms media learn, unlearn and relearn by media educators.

The first edition of the exchange4media “Media Education Summit” was held in Delhi in association with BusinessWorld. The entire event focused on improving the quality of media education and the issues concerning it.

In one of the sessions moderated by Tarun Nangia, Associate Editor at NewX, eminent panelists shared their views on the prevailing situation of Media Education in India. The panel members included Prof Diwakar Shukla, Director- Jagran School of Journalism & Communication, Jagran Lakecity University, Prof Sanjeev Bhanawat, Former Head, Centre for Mass Communication, University of Rajasthan (Jaipur), Dr. Mira Desai, Professor of Communication Technology and HOD, SNDTWU Department of Extension Education and Professor Chandrabhanu, Director, Institute of Knowledge Societies.

Prof Diwakar initiated the discussion stating, “The theme of the whole session is Media Education then and now, but I wonder what does it mean, what’s the imperative behind this then and now, and I realized that it is more of a question of ‘how and why’. The world has changed and eventually, we realized in academicians and universities, that a lot of new things have taken place."

Mira Desai said, “Still after so many years, there are universities where this department is run by a single person, which shows the status of media education in our country. I don’t think that things are changing dramatically, only the way in which we are doing things is changing. Students now come with very clear goals, which was not present earlier. It’s important to think of the kind of education system we are creating."

"In media education, we don't have much of planning and strategising being taught, neither do we have much of creative execution being taught, so most of us who are practical and have landed up in teaching have all done it by some kind of experimentation. There's no pedagogy of media education that we can confidently speak about," she said.

Professor Chandrabhanu said, “There are people who talk about technology and especially about new media and social media technology being democratised, but I don’t think so. Technology is always hierarchical and it has always been non-democratic."

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