Udupi, Mar 24: One of India's first and largest media and communication festivals, ‘Article-19’ is back this year and will be held at Manipal Institute of Communication on the March 24-25. This two-day event has time and again served as a platform for promoting the very principle behind the said article of the Indian Constitution - freedom of speech. Inspiring and invoking the spirit of expression while intermingling ideas, interests, and passion, the fest is an embodiment of what media and communication stand for.
The panel includes Rohit Gandhi, the editor-in-chief of Democracy News Live, founder and former editor-in-chief of World is One News (WION); Viswanath Venkatraman, an alumnus of MIC’s first graduating batch in 1997 and the co-creator of some of the most iconic events for leading Indian & International brands and special feature shows in media groups like Network18; Shiv Aroor, journalist, author, editor, and anchor at India Today and a renowned defense correspondent who has done conflict reporting from defense zones such as Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Libya.
“We at MIC started Article-19 with a coherent goal, to harness the power of ethical media, the power of students, and the power of freedom of speech and expression. After hosting more than 20 successful festivals, we strive to ensure that the same spark is alive and we hope to make a bigger and better impact with each passing year,” says Dr Padmarani, director at Manipal Institute of Communication.
Article - 19 is a platform created by the students for the students. This year’s organizing committee is guided by the faculty coordinator, Shruthi V Shetty. One can witness a melange of creative media-based events, games, and learning experiences spread across fields like journalism, advertising, film making etc. This includes an extremely insightful workshop called, 'Pitch Perfect' by Ann Kurian, founder & creative director of Talking Tree Media, Bengaluru.
The chosen theme for this year is, ‘MIC through Metaverse.’ The Metaverse is anticipated to be the next great revolution in the field of media and internet technology. Thus this year’s Article-19 is very intrinsically woven around it.
Students across Manipal will be testing their bounds of creativity and communication through various competitions like student TEDx Talks and Mad Ads. The 2-day conglomerate will be closing with an award ceremony and a fun fair making it a perfect blend of education and entertainment.
Manipal Institute of Communication was established in 1997 by MAHE as a benchmark of holistic education in the burgeoning media industry. Since its inception, MIC has conducted Article-19 for over 20 years making it one of India’s first ever media festivals. It stands for people’s right to freedom of speech and expression and demonstrates it in an innovative and educative manner each passing year.