Letters to The Editor & News Writing
Sri R. Umamaheshwar Rao, a senior journalist, and Principal of Rachana college of Journalism explained the dimensions of news and how as a citizen one can influence editorial policy by utilizing the “Letter to the Editors’ feature of media outlets.
Sri Umamaheshwar Rao also gave some tips on writing skills to participants on how an ordinary citizen can start writing letters to editor and gradually upgrade to articles and columns.
Senior journalists Sri Vedula Narasimhan and Sri Chalasani Narendra took sessions to the participants.
Sri P.V Shiva Kumar, of The Hindu gave an informative presentation to the participants and described how a photograph can speak by itself. He emphasized on the human elements and caution that one should to take before sharing any image on social media or any other media platforms. He also advised participants to stay away from publicly circulating images that may cause negative impact to the society.
Content for Social Media
Sri Pradeep Vuppala, a software professional, gave a presentation on web tools and their features in content building. He explained on how one can exchange and interact opinions and views on social media and how influential they have become in this technologically advanced contemporary times to masses.
He gave details about Quora, Wikipedia, personal blogs, videos and images.
Sri Vallishwar Rao, chief editor of Bharat Today channel, in his address said citizens must respond to the events that are happening and should have a quest for news, similar to journalists. He also explained how events should be covered that are potential to have social impact for long times.
Sri Ayush, General Secretary of Samachara Bharati touched upon how many freedom fighters also took up the pen to spread national thought. He encouraged participants to share their feedback and also begin their initiative of writing almost immediately.
The workshop concluded with the vote of thanks given by Sri Bhikshapathi.