Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ), Central University of Kashmir (CUK), on Saturday launched its first International Journal of Communication and Social Research (IJCSR). "Since there is dearth of quality interdisciplinary communication studies' journals from South Asia, the journal encourages critical, constructive research in the world with a special focus on third world," said Shahnaz Bashir, coordinator, DCJ.
According to the university, IJCSR is established as means to disseminate findings of media academics and social scientists to in turn stimulate further research in communication, media and social science and integrate various fields of understanding around them. The International Advisory Board of the Journal includes eminent researchers and academicians.
Vice-chancellor of Central University of Kashmir Abdul Wahid and other dignitaries from Valley's different educational institutions were present at journal launch function in the CUK in Srinagar, which was held at transit campus, Magarmal Bagh, Srinagar.
Wahid congratulated the department of convergent journalism for its efforts in launching the first-ever journal and all those associated with it.
He added that good research leads good knowledge and it is very easy to launch a research journal but difficult to sustain its quality. He congratulated researchers who contributed to the journal.
Shahnaz Bashir, coordinator, department of convergent journalism, gave details of the initiatives being taken by the department and university for the promotion of knowledge and research education.
The chief editor as well as contributor to the journal, K John Babu, assistant professor at DCJ, said "hope this journal provides the unique blend of scientific temperament and surely become a platform for academic discourse".
The journal comprises eight research topics and among them one of the contributors from the Valley is Shamas Imran, assistant professor in DCJ, whose research paper 'Framing Kashmir: how the Indian elite press frames the Kashmir issue in its editorials' was published in the journal.
"Kashmir being a conflict zone, media -- both national and international -- play a pivotal role in shaping the conflict. It is important to study the media with regard to the Kashmir issue in a scholarly manner, so that we can well understand various contesting discourses about Kashmir," said Shamas Imran.