‘Women and media have moved a long way since I began my career about a decade and half ago. Misogyny, though present, is gradually receding, which is a good news for women journalists across the country’
This began Dhanya Rajendran’s session at Samprathi 2016, organised by the dept of MSW at St Aloysius College. Students of MA (Journalism and Mass Communication) also attended the session, titles ‘Women and Media’.
Dhanya Rajendran, currently the Managing Editor at The NewsMinute bsed in Bangalore, is no doubt a woman passionate about journalism and women’s issues India.
Her hour and a half talk was peppered with anecdotes from her journalistic life over the past decade.
Ms. Rajendran recalled the time when she was passing through a naxal infested area in the night and where residents refused to supply them with basic amenities. She said, though she was anxious, she was determined to do her job.
Students of MA (Journalism and Mass Communication) were thrilled to listen to her inspiring words, especially the female students who are now looking forward to an exciting career in journalism.
Before founding the NewsMinute with the legendary Chitra Subramaniam and Vignesh Vellore in 2014 Ms. Rajendran worked as South India head for the English news channel Times Now reporting from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
She concluded her speech by urging the youth to paricipate in social development and social change, especially through social media.
‘You now have the power in your hands. If you do not like the way a woman is depicted in a TV ad or serial voice your opinion bravely on social media and see the support you’ll get. You may even be successful in making the company withdraw the offensive ads,’ she added emphatically.
Ms. Tia Boban, Asst Professor at Dept of Mass Communication, Mangalore, who was present during the talk had this to say: “She gave a firsthand account on the coverage of women’s issues from a feminist perspective. It was a session which not only evinced the prevalent misogyny in media, but also instigated our minds to fight against it.”