On the World Press Freedom Day Celebrations, 2019
Organized on May 10, 2019
By The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata, India
As part of the World Press Freedom Day Celebrations, The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, The Bhawanipur Education Society College (BESC), Kolkata, India organized a series of events on May 10, 2019. Though the program was originally scheduled to be held on May 03, 2019 in accordance with the globally recognized date for the event, it had to be postponed to due to the impending threat of the cyclone “Fani” over Kolkata on the scheduled date.
The celebrations were aimed at imparting greater awareness among the young minds concerning the importance of a free and vibrant press/media in the establishment and upholding of a well-informed and democratic world order and fostering motivation towards actively contributing to the same. The events for the day included debate, poster-designing/presentation and quiz competitions for the students. As a prelude to the celebrations, the Department had also organized a feature-writing competition earlier on April 30, 2019.
The program began with the inaugural session. On behalf of the college, Dr. Suchandra Chakravarty (Teacher-In-Charge, BESC) welcomed the Guest of Honour for the occasion, veteran media professional and academician, Mr. Subir Ghosh. Mrs. Debjani Ganguly (Vice Principal, Arts Section, BESC) felicitated Mr. Subir Ghosh.
The inaugural session was followed by a special lecture by Mr. Subir Ghosh, his topic for the lecture being “Freedom of the Press: The Myth and the Reality”. In his lecture, Mr. Ghosh emphasized on the increasing challenges faced by the journalists today in the greater scheme of expanding the journalistic profession and pointed out that so long as the media remains driven and controlled by the market forces, the freedom of the media shall always remain a myth. The special lecture was followed by the students’ events.
The first event was the debate competition. The topic for the debate was “Media Freedom Should Be Absolute”. Four students spoke on for and against the motion of the topic respectively. The judges for the event were Mr. Subir Ghosh and Mrs. Debjani Ganguly. The following students emerged as the winners for the debate competition:
1st Prize Winner: Awantika Rai
2nd Prize Winner: Sankalita Biswas
3rd Prize Winner: Hetvi Kothari
The poster-designing/presentation competition was held in the post-lunch session. The students had to make hand-made posters and explain the same before the audience. Seven teams,each comprising of three students, participated in the event. The judge for the event was Mr. Subir Ghosh. The following teams emerged as the winners for the poster-designing/presentation competition:
1st Prize Winner: Rimjhim Choudhuri, Krupa Adesara, Muskaan Thakkar
2nd Prize Winner: Aahaan Rai, Shreyashi Saha, Shreya Jaiswal
3rd Prize Winner: Shreya Golcha, Rukhsar Faiz, Natasha Sethia
The final event was quiz competition. Six teams, each comprising of three students,took part in the event.The quiz consisted of the following rounds:Time Travel Round, Times Now Round, Spot the Fake News Round, Audio-Visual Round, CBCS (Contestant Based Choice System)Round. The following teams emerged as winners of the quiz competition:
1st Prize Winner: Krishani Poddar, Rimjhim Choudhuri, Shivani Singh
2nd Prize Winner: Riddhadev Bandyopadhyay, Alisha Abbas, Aastha Dalal
3rd Prize Winner: Alokananda Sen, Sankalita Biswas, Ankita Chakraborty
The program ended with the prize distribution ceremony. The following students emerged as the winners for the feature-writing competition held earlier:
1st Prize Winner: Rimjhim Choudhuri
2nd Prize Winner: Abhijoy Dutta
3rd Prize Winners (Joint): Mohammad Aaquib and Krishani Poddar
The Guest of Honour for the occasion, Mr. Subir Ghoshwas impressed with the spirited performances by the students in all the events. He lauded the Department for having organized a student-centric program on such a significant occasion and expressed hope that more such events would be organized by the college in the future too.The program concluded with the Vote of Thanks by Mrs. Priyam Basu Thakur (Faculty Member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, BESC).