CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF JOURNALISM & MEDIA EDUCATION IN SOUTH ASIA
A 100 years of media and journalism education bears the testimony of 10 decades of development in the channels of communication from folk, print to online media and these 100 years have created journalists, media persons, advertising experts among others who have shaped the dynamic demography of media today.
In the colonial era, a British socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer, and philanthropist Dr. Annie Besant introduced journalism as a discipline in the country. The history of journalism and media education accredits Dr. Besant for having initiatedthe first journalism course at the National University at Adyar, Madras under the aegis of Theosophical Society, in 1920. Initially, it was a bachelor’s degree under the Faculty of Arts in the Department of English with an added practical training to the students arranged in the office of “New India”, where Dr Besant paid special attention to professional journalism. However, it did not last long.
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