Lucknow University’s student filmmakers’ work to be showcased by DD

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Platform for students: (From left) Assistant director Lucknow Doordarshan (programme) Rama Arun Trivedi, governor Ram Naik and Lucknow university vice chancellor Prof SP Singh during signing of the agreement at Lucknow university on Saturday

Lucknow: State-owned broadcaster Doordarshan’s Lucknow centre will telecast documentary films made on social issues by the students of journalism and mass communication at the University of Lucknow (LU).

An agreement to this effect was signed by LU and Doordarshan officials in the presence of Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik on Saturday. Lucknow University vice-chancellor Prof SP Singh and assistant director Lucknow Doordarshan (programme) Rama Arun Trivedi were also present on the occasion.

Experts say if short documentary films made by the students are aired on Doordarshan, it will boost their confidence and add to their experience. The students have been making socially useful and constructive films to spread positive messages in their community.

LU’s journalism department now has a big library of such documentary films that will be telecast by the broadcaster from time to time.

In his message to the aspiring journalists, governor Naik asked them to work hard if they wanted to carve a niche for themselves in the field of journalism. “Never compromise with quality. Visual media is very powerful because ‘seeing is believing’,” he said.

“To be a good and successful journalist, one has to have certain skills because today viewers want to know more in quick time. Journalists are now required to sum up maximum things in the minimum possible time. The scope of media has expanded,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, LU vice-chancellor Singh said the agreement would give new wings to the journalism and mass communication department of the university. Doordarshan’s Trivedi said the reach of DD in the rural section was unmatched.