December is festival time for most colleges in the city with events like DJ nights, fashion shows and competitions. But breaking away from such regular happenings, students of the BMM department at St Xavier’s College have organised their second edition of a media conference, Zeitgeist.
The idea is to provide a platform for students and media experts to communicate, exchange and share information on a social platform. In its inception year, it was a runaway success with Al Jazeera journalist Todd Baer explaining war journalism followed by panel discussions with CEOs and representatives from firms like Ogilvy&Mather and Jack In The Box. Wayne D’Cruz from Xavier’s says, “We try to get renowned experts for this festival. Organising the event and getting students involved makes us very proud.”
This year’s event sees a wide array of media personalities from diverse fields such as Shantanu Moitra, Shekhar Kapur and Vardhan Kondvikar who will take workshops and conduct panel discussions.
Areas like travel journalism, the scope of stand-up comedy and film ventures will also be debated upon. Periyanayagi Subramaniam, co-ordinator of BMM, St Xavier’s says, “We want to tap into the global media phenomena and let students have first-hand experience before going the corporate way.”
The events will be held on December 9-10 at St Xavier’s College. Entry is free and open to all. Catch Shekhar Kapur’s session, ‘Tales of a storyteller’ and Wall Street Journal’s photographer Sanjay Austa’s ‘Shoot at sight’.