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Entertainment Journalism in Orissa              By Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee.

Entertainment journalism is an umbrella term used to describe all forms of journalism that focus on the entertainment business and its products. Entertainment journalism covers industry-specific news while targeting general audiences beyond those working in the industry itself. Common forms include film and television show/programme review/criticism, celebrity coverage, event coverage, etc., says Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee.
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The state of Television Stringers in India              By Mr. Nilambar Rath.

-The rural-India is so vast and so happening these days that no single agency can cover the length and breadth of the country and cater to the varied needs of different television channels. Though some news agencies are trying hard to meet the competition of the day, but most of them largely depend on the same system, i.e. engaging 'stringers' to gather news feeds from rural and remote locations, says Mr. Nilambar Rath.
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Photojournalism              By Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee

Content remains the most important element of photojournalism, but the ability to extend deadlines with rapid gathering and editing of images has brought significant changes. Now, equipped with a digital camera, a mobile phone and a laptop computer, a photojournalist can send a high-quality image in minutes, even seconds after an event occurs. Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee narrates on the evolution and revolution of photo-journalism and the role it plays in today’s mass media.
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Cartoonists of Orissa              By Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee

Cartoon is an art which usually acts as a visual metaphor to illustrate a point of view on current social and/or political topics. There could be two objectives of cartoon: to create pure humour and to criticise; says Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee.
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Aesthetics of Cinema              By Jatla

In my previous articles, I wrote more about technical aspects of Cinema. In this article I devote myself more to AESTHETICS OF CINEMA. The word AESTHETICS means the philosophy of beauty. We find high aesthetics of Cinema in the films of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghotak, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Francis Truffot, Mizoguchi, Joseph Tarnitore, Zhangyimou etc. The aesthetics of cinema are applicable to any branch of film making like Cinematography, Editing, Script, Sound, Editing etc...
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Odiya Jatra: from Folk Entertainment to an Entertainment Industry              by Kapilas Bhuyan

JATRA (a linguistic perversion of the Sanskrit ‘Yatra’) is one of the oldest forms of theater in Orissa. Some scholars trace it back to 2nd century B. C.; to the time of Kharavela, the emperor of Kalinga. In spite of such assertions, the origin of ‘Jatra’ is still surrounded by controversy. However, it would be pragmatic to trace back to its existing format to around 135 years ago, which roughly coincides with the emergence of modern Odiya drama.
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Journalism Education in Orissa              Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee

Requirement of Journalism Education:
Journalism is fast becoming a specialised profession requiring specialised theoretical and practical knowledge and skill. With the development of information technology journalists today need to acquire soft skills to handle equipment and the process of collecting, retrieving, processing and disseminating information, besides developing conceptual clarity relating to content, which requires a sound theoretical framework. More Details



Painting with Light              By Jatla

Photography is derived from Latin word. Photo means light and graphy stands for painting. To make it more meaningful and beautiful, it can be said that photography is like painting with light.

Broadly professional cameras can be classified into five types. They are Still cameras, Video cameras, Motion picture cameras, Digital cameras and H.D (High Definition) cameras are the most latest type. In near future, HD cameras will replace Motion picture cameras, where negative film is used for recording the visuals. More Details



The Most Wanted (News)!              By Nilambar Rath

April 22, Tuesday. 11.45am. The News Coordinator of ETV Oriya received a call from the Crime Reporter of Bhubaneswar bureau. The reporter was in a hurry. He informed that, one Mr. Chagala was calling from Bhopal and was desperate to surrender!
Who is that Chagala? How he is at Bhopal? If he wants to surrender, for whatever reason, who is barring him from doing so? Does he want to reveal something to the Media before he is taken into the custody? These questions can hit the mind of any journalist who comes across such flash inputs. And the answers, in this case, really made a BIG STORY- perhaps the most wanted news of the hour!
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Pulse of the Promos              By Nilambar Rath

In television, a good idea or a good production is not enough to reach out the target audience. You need to have a good promo, as an effective vehicle, to connect to your viewers on ‘what’ your idea is & ‘how best’ that is being produced. Thus a producer (content planner or a brand promoter too) has to understand the pulse of the promos & apply his creativity and efforts to make the tool works wonder.
In any television content & operations set up, there are different ways to promote a news story or a creative piece or a special programme or fiction. They are news ticker, special initiatives through on-line graphic engines or announcement by an anchor. However, a professionally made promo can be considered as the most powerful tool to promote a concept or the overall content. When all other modes work like 'information', promos go beyond them & influence the audience. Promos serve the key roles of a media, i.e. informing, entertaining and influencing the target. More Details



The sting in the tale              By Nilambar Rath

The hidden camera might be a potent weapon in the battle for TRPs but sting operations can rebound on the unwary or inexperienced sleuth, with disastrous effects both for the reporter and for the channel. TV news professional NILAMBAR RATH proposes a set of ethical guidelines for 'undercover journalists'. More Details