Department of Mass Media
Media plays an important role in the day to day life. Not only traditional media but New Age Media also has occupied our lives thoroughly. Considering the changing scenario in the media industry, University of Mumbai has also decided to make certain positive changes in the course; to start with, the nomenclature of Bachelor of Mass Media has changed to Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia and Mass Communication (BAMMC).
Department Started a year with an Orientation programme for FYBAMMC students which introduced them with the college, course and various other activities throughout the year which they will be part of.
- Envisage: Poster Exhibition
The department of Mass Media, ICC and the Anti-ragging committee hosted “ENVISAGE”, a poster exhibition addressing the social issues on 9th August 2019. ‘Envisage’ means the vision of the future. Through various posters on social issues, students depicted the concerns and understanding of the social realities and presaged the society regarding future menace. The objective of the exhibition was not only to address the social issues but also to suggest ways to restraint them. More than 250 students from various streams appreciated and gave written comments about the exhibition. The posters signified the creativity and the social responsibility of the students across all the streams of Anna Leela College.
- First Visit to American Library:
Department of Mass Media organized a visit to the Dosti house of the American Library on 19th September 2019 for a hands-on workshop on creative writing by Ms. Gargi Sarkar, Author, and Access micro-scholarship mentor. 45 students from SYBMM and TYBMM and two faculties Prof.Sucheta Gandhi and Prof.JesusanIssac attended the workshop. It consisted of number of activities that kept the students actively involved throughout the event. The students were divided into various groups and they were able to create a fictional story by the end of the workshop.
- Second Visit to American Library:
Visit to Dosti House at American Library was organised by the Department of Mass Media on 13th February 2020. Students participated in the workshop on fake news, media literacy, and the shifting media landscape. Digital channels present remarkable opportunities, but also many challenges. Lately, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish credible news sources from unreliable ones. In the workshop, students were informed regarding ‘how to evaluate information’ and various tools available so that students can be their own fact-checkers. The workshop very effectively highlighted the importance of fact-checking and being an active audience in today’s time.
- Visit to Arena Multimedia:
Students of the Department of Mass Media visited Arena Multimedia in two batches on 18th Jan and 19th Jan 2020. 105 students visited to understand various possibilities and opportunities in the new age media field. Students were being given a demo of video editing and exposed to various new techniques in media.
- Vist to Nashik:
Department of Mass Media has organised one-day Educational Tour to regional newspaper ‘Lokmat’ in Nashik on 4th March 2020. Two faculties accompanied 66 students to learn and understand the working of Print Media and the entire printing process. Students visited various departments of Lokmat and studied the functions of each department practically.
Other Departmental activities:
- BMM Wallpaper: Mind’s Eye
Students of the Department of Mass Media initiated to create a monthly Wall Paper named Mind’s Eye. The idea is to provide them a platform to showcase their creativity, views, and opinions regarding society. Every month’s wallpaper will consist of a theme, which depicts contemporary and relevant issues to media students. The wallpaper portrays the views and ideas of Media students. Department has already come up with four wallpapers with various themes. First wallpaper was on Students memories and experiences of their first day of college which was inaugurated by Principal ma’am on5th October 2019, then other wallpapers comprised of issues like Human Rights, Women’s rights in respective months.
- Social Media Campaign by Third Year students:
As a part of their social responsibility, third-year students conducted Social Media Campaign on various social issues in the college foyer on 5th Oct. 2019. The social issues were Water Conservation, Girl Child Education, Drinking, and Driving Issues, Street Animal exploitation, poverty-related issues, and cleanliness. Students arranged various activities for the students of the college through which they promoted their topics and contributed towards society. As media students, they feel responsible for all the right and wrong happening in the society. It was an initiative from the students for a better society and future.
- Panel Discussions:
Media serves as the eyes and ears of the masses. As Media students, they need to be the jack of all. The purpose of a panel discussion is to stimulate thoughts and discussions which clarify thinking in because of several opinions. The objective is to make them think and present opinions very confidently in front of other students. The panel is of students and the audiences are other students, faculties just work as moderators. Department has initiated its first panel discussion on 10th Dec 2019 on the occasion of Human Rights Day. On 14th Jan 2020 the discussion on CAA and NRC was held with the panel of the second year and third year’s students.
- Expert Lecture:
Department has organised Expert Session on Production Process in Media on 5th Feb. 2020 byKarthikeyanIyer, Director, Digi Osmosis- Digital and Social Media Agency. Students from FY, SY, and TY availed the opportunity to comprehend the process of production in all the available platforms of Media. They were informed regarding various stages in the production process.
- Online Webinar:
Lockdown did not stop the departmental activities. The Department has organised an online Webinar on Expectations of the Advertising Industry from Students by Prof.Dr.HanifLakdawala on 29th April 2020. 80 Students from various colleges attended the webinar. Students were informed regarding the advertising agency and the requirements of the industry from students. The webinar was to make students industry-ready.
- LGBT interview:
The students of FY SY and TY BMM interviewed a Trans woman, who calls herself Anjali instead of her original birth name Ajay, a woman who is trapped in a man’s body on 24th August, 2018 and a transgender, whom everyone calls lovingly as Amma on 2nd September 2018. The students framed a questionnaire and asked questions to them based on their childhood, work life, family, friends, challenges and difficulties faced by them coming to terms with their identity, challenges faced by them currently and while growing up, being bullied and harassed by others in all walks of life and other like questions. The summary of the interview was published in the college’s BMM department newsletter, Inside Us. The interview was shot by the students and later edited as well as a part of learning. Students were thus involved in scripting, shooting, interviewing, editing and reporting, thus exposing them to various basic elements of Mass media.
- Seminar on Event management:
The BMM department of Anna Leela College of commerce and economics organized a seminar on event management on 26th July, 2018. Mr. Benoj Mathews, founder and CEO of Galore Enterprises took the students of BMM, BMS and B.com through the integrities of event management which was followed up by an activity session to better understand how events can be conducted and handled smoothly
- Dharavi Visit with the students for Newsletter:
A field trip was conducted on 5th July 2018 to Dharavi, Mumbai with the selected SYBMM and TYBMM students for the purpose of creating the newsletter and documentary. Ten students from SYBMM and two students from TYBMM were present for the same. The team first visited a leather industry where wallets and purses were made. The owner of the industry was interviewed and asked in detail about the various aspects of leather business, the production, their competitors in the market, the duration of the process, etc. The interview was shot by the students in order to create a documentary.