NU Mass Communication Department launches newsletter ‘MassCom Chronicles’

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Vice-Chancellor of Nagaland University, Professor Jagadish K Patnaik and other officials during the formal release of ‘MassCom Chronicles’ on 12 April. (MTNews Photo)

Recognizing the importance of the discipline of journalism and mass communication, the Vice-Chancellor of Nagaland University, Professor Jagadish K Patnaik urged the department to increase student intake to 20 and proposed the recruitment of additional faculty members, given that the current intake capacity is limited to 10 students.

Speaking at the formal release of the first edition of “MassCom Chronicles,” a newsletter published by the Department of Mass Communication today at the Mass Communication Department, Nagaland University Headquarters Lumami, the Vice Chancellor also suggested renaming the current MCMA department as Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication (MJMC) and initiating a Bachelor’s degree program in Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC). He also stressed exploring the option of dual degree proposed by the National Education Policy.

Professor Patnaik congratulated the department on the release of the inaugural edition of the newsletter, and urged the department to continue publishing the newsletter regularly and encouraged them to strive for excellence.
Prof Patnaik also suggested monthly publication of a tabloid newspaper with a broader outreach beyond the Nagaland University campus. He emphasized the importance of students’ involvement in writing to broaden their perspectives on civil society. Regarding electronic journalism, he advised students to explore platforms like YouTube, urging them to be proactive contributors to society.

He also mentioned the significance of interdisciplinary connections in this field, particularly with sociology and politics, emphasizing its strong association with law. He noted the potential of individuals with degrees in this discipline to pursue various career paths, contingent upon meeting qualifications such as clearing NET.

Furthermore, Patnaik highlighted the richness of Naga society in terms of agriculture, culture, and economy but expressed concern over the underutilization of these resources. He urged students to actively engage in disseminating knowledge and positive ideas to inform society about its potential impact, stating that the University’s success depends on students’ contributions.

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MCMA students, NU Lumami with Vice Chancellor Professor Jagadish K Patnaik and others (MTNews Photo)

Special guests at the event included Yarenthung Ezung, Controller of Examinations, and Albert Khizho, Finance Officer, NU.

The program was chaired by 2nd semester student Shiken, with the welcome address delivered by A Das, Assistant Professor. Salonger of 4th semester and Mercy of 2nd semester departmental activities, events, and issues, while Talikaba Ao presented the editor’s note. The vote of thanks was extended by Wapangsungla Longkumer, guest faculty of the department. The students of Mass Communication also performed a song.

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