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Female Educationalist Impacting The Media Industry With Media Education

The session was graced with top female educationalist talking about their inspiration, journey, challenges and hardships in the media and academia industry.

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The 25th Global Edition Celebration of Women Economic Forum 2019 took place in the national capital with an insightful discussion on media education impacted by female educationalists.

The session was graced with top female educationalist talking about their inspiration, journey, challenges and hardships in the media and academia industry. Among them were Dr Surbhi Dahiya, Associate Professor, Department of English Journalism at IIMC; Archana Kumari, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication and New Media at Central University of Jammu; Dr Archna Katoch, Associate Professor at Central University of Himachal Pradesh; Kulveen Trehan, Senior Faculty at University School of Mass Communication; Dr Neeru Johri, Managing Editor at Mass Communicator; Dr Shilpi Jha, Academician, Media Trainer & Writer at Costa Rica; Shaheena Khan, Associate Professor at Manav Rachna International University; Dr Charu Lata Singh, Professor and Dean at Vivekananda School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Dr Parul Mehra, Senior Assistant Professor at Amity School of Communication; Dr Shweta Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication at DMPG College and Dr Kiran Khanna, Professor & Dean at School of Journalism & Mass Communication & KR Mangalam University.

As the head of the journalism department, Surbhi Dahiya shares various initiatives of the students of IIMC who are trying to strengthen the society by creating awareness about girl child education and child rights. “If you educate a woman, you educate a family. If you educate a woman from each family, you educate the nation," she said.

Archana Kumari expresses the challenges and hardships in, first, inspiring the girls to come out of the home and, then, to convince them to take journalism as a profession. She further pointed out that training the media students in secluded cities like Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir is very challenging as they have not been exposed to basic commodities and have never stepped out of their towns. 

Also, Shilpi Jha communicated that girls need to raise their voice and be cautious of the wild unpredictable television industry which is also considered as the industry that exploits women. “If you are denied of something for being a female, fight for it, raise your voice and prove everyone around wrong. But at the same time when you are allowed and asked to do something because you being a female is going to get more headlines for your organisation, be equally alarmed."

Neeru Johri shares the impact they are creating with the help of media, Radio, in the society. She told that they interview empowering women of slums of Delhi who are excelling in their field and telecast it on Radio. She said, “Being an educator we need to be connected to people."

Furthermore, Archna Katoch addresses the cause behind female drop out in the field of journalism. He expresses that the media industry is male-dominated and hence causing gender bias and socio-economic exclusion in society. “Female journalists are leaving the jobs because of gender disparity or family pressure due to odd working hours," she said.

Two of the panellists also exclaimed that we need to be connected with ourselves and the industry in order to face the coming industrial revolution. “Connect with yourself; it is the connect within which will lead you to become the voice of others in order to be the change and bring the change," said Charu Lata Singh.

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