20 July, 2017
ARMED WITH WORDS
-Mrs. Perpetual Nazareth
Bosco Information Service (BIS) conducted its second creative workshop to train its correspondents from different Don Bosco Institutes on July 18-19 at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga. Close to 60 reporters from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan representing their institution attended this seminar to equip themselves with insights and skills as BIS reporters.
In his inaugural speech Fr. Matthew Coutinho sdb, teacher at Salesian Theological Institute, Jerusalem, emphasised on using truth, justice, prudence and charity while reporting. Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb, Regional Delegate, Boscom South Asia, invited us to be authentic collaborators, to have a vocational identity, magnify the good news and have a digital repository of the art and culture which is the need of the hour. In the session on ‘Getting Published (Writing and Interviewing)’ Mrs. Karen Laurie, Editor, Bosco Information Service, Province of Mumbai, spoke on how news could be new and relevant, and guided the correspondents through the steps in writing a good report.
In the following session on ‘Feature Writing/Public Relations, Mr. Shishir Joshi, Chief Executive Officer, Mumbai First, and Ms. Saira Menezes, Senior Editor, Economic Times, reminded the participants to be good story tellers and constantly get the reader interested in their story. Ms. Saira spoke of the importance of spotting things that had the potential to become news. This would be possible by being Comprehensive, Relevant and Interesting (CRI). Fr. Christopher George sdb, in charge -Jyoti Bhavan Tribal Boys Hostel Jhabua, kept the correspondents abreast of ‘Fake News” which is revamped journalism and warned to be careful of needless spam messages that affect our lives.
The group was then hosted by Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla, where Fr. Colbert da Silva sdb, Rector, welcomed the group, gave an overview of the institute and encouraged all to be reporters and spread the good work of their institution. Fr. Joseph Braganza sdb, Executive Director, Don Bosco College Department of Mass Media, Kurla, through powerful visuals highlighted the 4Cs Conceive, Collect, Construct and Correct, that are important in the Writing Process.
Day two of the workshop began began with Eucharistic Celebration at Don Bosco’s Shrine (Crypt). The first session for the day began with Ms. Sabrina Alathi, Creative Director, Productions speaking about the use of Smart phones for Social Change. In a very interactive session Ms. Sabrina provided tips and techniques on shooting videos using Smartphones. In an interesting session that followed, all the correspondents got hands on experience in making a movie, editing it and presenting it to all. The day finally ended with all the correspondents reporting for BIS as trained reporters.
Alareen Fernandes, correspondent from Don Bosco High School Matunga said, “It was a learning experience. I hope to be a positive ambassador of my institution and will try to magnify the good news.”