Important to bridge gap between theory & practice: Experts at e4m Media Summit

At exchange4media’s Media & Media Education Summit, media experts spoke about the challenges facing academic journalism & how it could be improved to match global standards

Media & Media Education Summit

When it comes to journalism there has been an ongoing debate between theory and practice. Journalism schools across the world are facing challenges when it comes to the changing form of journalism.

At the first edition of exchange4media’s Media & Media Education Summit which was held in association with Businessworld, a panel discussion on “Hiatus between Praxis and Media Education Theory” was held which included names like, Prof. MS Parmar, VC, Khushabav Thakre University of Journalism (State University) Raipur; Prof. B P Sanjay, Pro VC, Tamil Nadu University; Prof. V L Dharukar, VC, Tripura University; Dr. Jayant Sonvalkar, VC, Bhoj University, Bhopal; Prof. Shambhu Nath Singh, IGNOU, Dept. of Journalism and Prof. C. B Pattanayak, Director, Institute of Knowledge Societies & Centurian University. The session was moderated by Dr. Surabhi Dahiya, Course Director, English Journalism, IIMC.

Speaking about the need for bridging the gap between theory and practice, Prof. Parmar said, “One of the best ways to address is to make the interaction between media and academics more frequent. We should encourage sending faculty members to serve small stints at media organisations so that they are well equipped to understand the nuances of practical education.”

Sharing his thoughts on the subject, B.P Sanjay, Pro VC, Tamil Nadu University said, “Media education has its own set of challenges and we are all in a phase of transition. Now there is need to reinvent the media education scene in India and make it modern and contemporary.”

Stating that there was little ground to sharpen the skills with theoretical knowledge alone, Prof. V L Dharurkar, VC Tripura University said, “Both theory and practice are important but here our practice is still very old school while there has been considerable growth in the knowledge around journalism. The solution to this is to make attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice.”

The panellists also spoke about the importance of building research capacity in media institutes so that they can compete at a global level.
 

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