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Journalism students impress US media experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
Two hundred-odd media-persons, students and media educators, participated in the two-day-long workshop at the Department of Mass Communication, Panjab University, that concluded today. The workshop on investigative journalism, transparency reporting and computer-assisted reporting apprised journalists and journalism students from Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh of the latest trends in journalistic ethics and practices.

The workshop was conducted by eminent media trainers from the USA that included Mr John, H. Ullmann, Executive Director, World Press Institute (USA), Mr Brant Houston, Executive Director, Investigative Reporters and Editing, Inc (USA), and Ms Nora Paul, Director, Institute for New Media Studies, University of Minnesota (USA). These experts exposed journalists, students and teachers to concepts like how ‘data interpretation’ with the use of computers can throw up different story ideas and how Internet can be used for research news stories.

They were also introduced to new concepts in journalism like “transparency reporting” and how investigative reporting differs from other news reportage. The participants in the workshop included students from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjabi University, Patiala, Parmar Institute of Mass Communication and Management, Solan, besides those from the Department of Mass Communication at Panjab University attending the conference came from over a dozen media organisations across the region.

Department chairperson Jayanth Narayanpethkar said that the workshop had proved to be a big success and that the department would try and make it a regular feature. “This has exposed our students and teachers to the international perspective and latest trends in journalism”.

The Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.N. Pathak, during his visit to the workshop today said that the new building of the department will be inaugurated by the Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT Administration, Gen S.F Rodrigues (retd), tomorrow. Several senior newspaper editors and journalists, who have been students of this department, are expected to be present. The Department of Mass Communication, Panjab University, is the oldest department of journalism in the country and it has produced several top journalists.



US journalists to address Press Club members

Chandigarh, May 11
Distinguished journalists and scholars from the US will address Press Club members tomorrow at 12 noon.

John H. Ullmann, Executive Director, World Press Institute, US, will speak on media ethics. Brant Houston, Executive Director, Investigative Reporters and Editing, will speak on investigative reporting while Nora Paul, Centre of Media Studies, University of Minnesota, will speak on web-assisted reporting.

This will be followed by a discussion, according to a press note issued by the club. TNS



No stir please, Pathak to non-teaching staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, has asked the non-teaching employees not to resort to any agitation during office hours.

An order issued by him says, if work is disrupted, he will have to resort to the principle of ‘no work no pay’.

He has asked the non-teaching staff to route their demands through the JCM (Joint Consultative Machinery) which has representatives of employees as its members.

If the JCM finds their demands genuine, the university would examine them and take the decision as per rules and procedure.

In view of the fact that confidential examination work is in full swing, rallies and dharnas are not only creating hindrances but also delaying the declaration of results. 



No entrance test for M.Sc (solid waste management)
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 11
There shall be no entrance test for M.Sc. (Solid Waste Management) for session 2006-07 and the admission shall be made on the basis of merit of the qualifying examinations. Therefore, the candidates are required to apply for admission to M.Sc. (Solid Waste Management) direct to the Honorary Director, Solid Waste Management, Department of Botany, Panjab University, said a press release issued by Panjab University.

The amount paid by the candidates (Rs 1100 or 550 as the case may be) towards the cost of O-CET application form will be adjusted by the university towards their admission fees/other charges according to the Controller of Examinations, PU.



Mothers Day at Holy Child School
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 11
Mothers Day was observed at Holy Child School here today. The children played hosts and welcomed the mothers by presenting them with flowers.

The programme was conducted by the students. The kindergarten section stole the hearts of their mothers, when they presented an action song, “Mama I love you, mama I care for you! “ On hearing this the audience of mothers burst into applause. This was followed by several dance items and exciting games.

The highlights of the day were the mother and child activities Students served the refreshments to the mothers as an SUPW activity and the mothers were thrilled to get so much of care and attention.

The winning team of mother and child were:

Vegetable Painting - Mrs. Jasmeet Makol & Gursahaj Makol, Hand Painting - Mrs Anjali Gambhir & twins Palak & Parth Gambhir, Tear & Paste - Mrs Bala Kanna & Shailesh Khanna. 



Students present riot of colour
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 11
A fancy-dress competition, “Splendour in diversity”, was held at Shivalik Public School here today. it was a riot of colour.

Participants, who were divided in two age groups, came dressed in a wide variety of colourful costumes. The primary group had 55 participants while the juniors had 42.

The theme for the primary participants was “The great personalities of India”. The young participants were not only most appropriately dressed up but imitated the mannerism of the personality well.

The junior participants came attired in costumes of various Indian states and different countries of the world. The costumes, which stole the show, were of Mehak of Class VIII-S (Japanese), Harsimrat of Class VIII-B and Viplov of Class VI-S (both dressed up as Himachalis).

Dr Satpal Kaur Grewal, Principal of the Shivalik Institute of Research and Education, was the chief guest.

Winners in the primary group were Jasmeet Singh of Class III-A, Kalyana of Class IV-S and Tanya of Class V-M. Rimmi of Class VI-M, Kajal of Class VII-S and Shubham of Class VIII-M were winners in the junior group. 


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