The Media Rumble 2018 – What News Can Be!

By Staff Feministaa in Events 24/08/2018

In a time, when the whole world has become centered around news, The Media Rumble, organized in association with The Teamwork Arts and NewsLaundry on the 3rd and 4th August, spread boundaries beyond what news is and what news can be.
Ever since the digital revolution, news has traveled beyond the geopolitical spheres of one country to all over the world in different forms, shapes, and sizes. Ranging from TV, print, radio, podcasts, webcasts and online media; media has surpassed what it used to be.


The presence of talks empowered by Facebook such as that of IGTV ‘Masterclass IGTV: Re-envisioning mobile video’ signified how social media is a game-changer in the way an increasing number of newsrooms and journalists are using it to provide information.


 Creating-The-Podcast-Abhinandan-Sekhri-and-Christopher-LydonCreating the podcast: Abhinandan-Sekhri-and-Christopher-Lydon


The growth of digital media has lubricated the process of bringing information more closer to the audience. Exquisite innovation in terms of storytelling through videos and photos has opened new lines for graphic interpretation and content creation.


While many have used this platform to build their brands using new monetization methods, there are huger battles left behind to fight; the degradation of the quality of news and fake news.


Talks like ‘Presentation: Age of Freelance Journalism,’ organized by Gangadhir Patil of 101 Reporters, also signified how the face of journalism is shifting from big in-house editorial teams to leaner teams while also engaging more freelance reporters for stories.


The Media Rumble took a bold and interesting take on the evolution of face of women in media. There were talks powered by UN Women on how does the media treat women in terms of cyber-bullying and gender-inequality in workplaces.


Shereen Bhan, on the topic of newsrooms being optimized for men and their successes, said that women find it harder to rightfully ask and demand what they want. She expressed a need for a cultural shift in how incentives may affect the perception of how much a woman is willing to work.


“If we keep perpetuating this culture that women be treated differently, they WILL be treated differently. It is not about men Vs women, it is about men And women Together.”


Coomi Kapoor, Maria Ressa, , Shareen Bhan, Durga RagunathLeft to Right: Marya Shakil, Coomi Kapoor, Maria Ressa, Shereen Bhan and Durga Raghunath


Investigative Journalism was seen highlighted in multiple panel discussions at The Media Rumble 2018. Given its high risk, high cost and high chances of failure, it still adds huge credibility and brand value to an organization.


Sreenivasan Jain, Managing Editor of NDTV, admitted “In India, we don’t have the money or the freedom to really crack down on powerful syndicates. The consequences here of offending powerful people are very real.”


Zakka Jacob, Sreenivasan Jain, Marisa Kwiatkowski and Jay MazoomdaarLeft to Right: Zakka Jacob, Sreenivasan Jain, Marisa Kwiatkowski and Jay Mazoomdaar


In Neta, Abhineta, a conversation debating whether political cinema is possible in India, several viewpoints came across where Anurag Kashyap mentioned that while it is possible to make political cinema, things like censorship cuts, bans, and the protests that it garners, make the process tedious.


Neeraj Ghaywan Rajiv Menon Shubhra Gupta Meghna Gulzar and Anurag KashyapLeft to Right: Neeraj Ghaywan, Rajiv Menon, Shubhra Gupta, Meghna Gulzar and Anurag Kashyap


“It’s not that if I wanted to make political cinema, I wouldn’t do it because of the fear of censorship, but it’s the process of fighting it which scares me. You can’t just give up at the first level – you have to go through many levels, the executive committee, the revising committee, the tribunal, and maybe even all the way to the Supreme Court in the end. But the thing is, the most restrictive regimes in the world come out with the best films,”


This ended The Media Rumble on a high note and gave remunerated hope that India might soon embark upon an evolved journey of journalism.


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