2020 edition of MIC’s Article-19 begins3 min read
MANIPAL: Article-19, the three-day media event of Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) was inaugurated on February 20 at the campus premises. The annual event is the oldest of its kind in India.
Following the ceremonious lighting of the lamp, one of the Program Planners, Aayush Sinha, compèred and briefed the audience about the background and the slate for Article-19 this year. Dr Padma Rani, Director, MIC, delivered the welcome address.
This year’s line-up featured prominent speakers like Karthik Srinivasan, Disha Oberoi, Shweta Kothari, Harshveer Jain, Satyanshu Singh and Devanshu Kumar, from the fields of journalism, radio, digital media and film-making. Over the span of three days, events like debates, Best PR, JAM, Shipwreck, Crime Scene, Ad Commentary, along with competitions like FIFA and cultural programs were organised to be held.
The opening speaker of Article-19, Shweta Kothari, is the managing director of The Logical Indian, a public-funded digital news platform that curates selected stories to its audience. She has previously worked for BBC and News X. She has hosted a morning prime-time show called ‘8 Straight’ and has also launched the business show, ‘Business X’.
Addressing the invitees and students, she shared stories and anecdotes about why she chose journalism as a career. She explained that her sense of demarcating right from wrong—like that of a child’s—and the will to find solutions to problems ranging from vendors being shooed away in the vicinity of her school to the way people misbehaved with bus conductors, helped in shaping such a decision. She also shed light on the reasons as to why she made the switch from traditional television journalism to the ever-evolving digital media. Emphasising the complex role of journalists, she said, “It’s not what the nation wants to know, it’s about what journalists want the nation to know.”
She added how recent events in the country like the Pulwama attack, the introduction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the abrogation of the Constitution’s Article 370 shaped her stance as a media messenger. “I wanted to become a journalist to speak truth to power. Journalists should talk about stories and bring out the truth without colouring it in someone’s political bias and I think somehow mainstream media has failed in doing that. More than balance, the work of journalists is to hold the ruling government accountable—no matter which party is in power. Today, the alternate media, the digital media organisations are finally doing what the media is supposed to do—to hold a ruling government accountable.”
She concluded by calling for students to find organisations that allow them to speak up and ‘keep the chase on’ until they do. Later, a Q&A session was held with the audience, encompassing queries based on personal incidents and topics like gender equality in the field of journalism and sedition.
The event will conclude on February 22 with events like ‘Mr and Miss Article-19’ and a ‘Roaring 20s’ themed funfair.
Featured Image Courtesy: Vanessa Shingare
Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman