Journalism and journalists seem to be under siege and not just from totalitarian regimes. On 12th& 13th March 2018, Young Journalists’ Association – Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Faculties of Science & Humanities of SRM Deemed to be University has organised a National seminar for academics, journalists and bureaucrats familiar with Media and National Security. Eminent people gave their views and interacted with the student community at Dr. T.P. Ganesan Auditorium of SRMIST. The Conference was open to all those interested in the subject
At the event, Presidential remarks were given by Mr. N. Ravi – Publisher, The Hindu Group said “I am very delighted to be in SRM. The say, pen is mightier than a sword, is very true as media can even report about armed forces if any slightest of demoralizing act traces”. On that note, he quoted many references from various newspapers on theme and added that media is very powerful. Vice Chancellor of SRM Deemed to University, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti said that he was very fond of journalism, despite being an engineering graduate & scholar. He said that journalism & mass communication has effects on our lives on a routine basis.
The chief guest, Ms. Lauren Lovelace – Consul for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Consulate General of the United States of America, Chennai, spoke about Public diplomacy as an important aspect. She said that the media is evolving at a faster pace through social media and asked to share positive news for a good impact on society. She also emphasized students to pursue a career in Public Diplomacy. Mr. M. Ganapathi – IFS (Rtd), Former Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs, graced the event and spoke about media being an industry with constant changes that are significant. He shared his views on the revolution in media and current digital medium stating, and on media as a powerful tool to alter behaviors. He said National security and Media are the two pillars of any nation. The event ended with the valedictory function with more shared insights.