Voices in the open

Voices in the open

Sojourn 2012

Voices in the open

Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College recently organised ‘Sojourn 2012’, their first sociology and journalism fest on a state level.

 The idea behind it was to prepare the students to face the challenges of social media and develop a culture of analytical thinking. For a one-day fest, they certainly accomplished a considerable part of that goal.

“Our girls came up with the concept and have executed it quite well. It feels great for us because students of all three years have contributed to making the fest what it is. We hope to carry this forward every year,” says Premula Subba, the cultural coordinator of the college. 

Various competitions like radio jockeying, a short-film contest, ‘Big Fight’, collage making, a street play event and a debate were conducted by the department of journalism and sociology. It was a great display of talents across different fields, while also creating awareness and sensitising students to social issues concerning the media. 

Anirban Dutta, of St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, was one of the strong voices that stood out in the debate on ‘Portrayal of women in media’.

“It was an encouraging topic because as a society, we need to look into women’s issues. Violence against women is increasing and a lot of issues go unreported by the media. Such fests create much required awareness among the youth,” says the young debater.

One of the highlights of the fest was the release of ‘Prism’, the lab journal of the department of journalism.  

Among the media events, the radio jockeying competition was also popular among the participating colleges. “I’ve always wanted to be an RJ and this was my ‘debut’, so to say. It was a lot of fun, though I messed up initially,” says an enthusiastic Jasmine Padda of New Horizon College.

“This is the first media fest I’m attending and it’s quite a competitive ambience because everyone actually has something to say. But the nervousness goes once you start making your presence felt on stage,” she adds.

Several colleges from the City took part in the fest, along with a few from Tumkur and Mysore.