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ALUMNI

The alumni are a record of an institution’s past performance. Lucky for us, ours are spread across media organisations in India. This is what some of them have to say about us :

Ranabir Majumdar
Editor, Cricketnext.com at Network 18

Why did I choose SoC

Within a couple of years of joining the profession in 2001, I realised that there were was a distinct move in the industry - both news and non-news - for content generation and management that was bringing together a synergy in the media. Content produced for one medium was being used across other media platforms. Not only was this going to help enlarge the reach, but also make it accessible to the user on the medium of his/her choice and more importantly at their convenience. It was then that I quit my job of three years at a news agency to go back to a media school that would provide me with the required skill sets. One look at the course curricula of the School of Communication and I was convinced that this was the programme that will prepare me for the future.

How did SoC prepare me for a career in media

For me the School of Communication was a melting pot of traditional and new media. Without letting go of the basic tenets of writing, reporting and editing, the school combined with it the best of new media technologies, while also keeping firmly in place the media ethics required to be followed in an increasingly synergised yet competitive environment. Not only were my content skills sharpened, but I also learnt my first lessons in media product development and media management at the School of Communication.

How am I currently involved with Soc(guest lectures, career sessions, hiring interns and full-time for CNN-IBN)

One of my abiding interest is media education and after my graduation it was again SOC that gave me the opportunity to dabble in it. I have over the last couple of years taught at the school as a guest lecturer, brainstormed with students during career sessions and taken on students at Network 18 (CNN-IBN, IBNLive.com, CricketNext.com) in the capacity of interns and even hired them full-time. As an editor of a website, I am responsible for content and for product development and management. The opportunity to regularly interact with the students keeps me in touch with not only the informed user, but also the future of the media industry, thereby making me a better media practitioner.

Rohit Ved Prakash
Actor, Director, Producer. Currently with Idream Productions.


What am I doing?

I am working on a film starring Rahul Bose. Before this, I worked as an Assistant Director with Danny Boyle on the sets of Slumdog Millionaire – the rest is history. I was also a part of The Myth, starring Jackie Chan.

When was I at SoC?

I was part of the Founding batch.

Why did I choose SoC?

It was the only institute that thought ahead of time on how the media sector would evolve. There was focus on different streams of media, so I could learn about the different streams before deciding on my specialization.

Ranbir Majumdar
Editor of cricketnext.com at Network 18


What am I doing?

As editor of cricketnext.com, I am responsible for overall content management, driving traffic to the website, and managing different contents and polls. The Indian cricket team has been following a hectic schedule this year and so am I J!

When was I at SoC?

Batch of 2006

Why did I choose SoC?

After doing a journalism program from Asian College of Journalism, I was looking for a program that combined management with journalism. School of Communication was the natural choice.

Suhas Jotwani Associate Producer, Fever 104 FM.


What am I doing?

I plan content strategy, and provide creative direction on formats/genres. I am responsible for overall brand consistency and ideation for shows that are aligned to the brand image of the station.

When was I at SoC?

I was part of the batch of 2008.

Why SoC?

I was fascinated by radio. No other institute could have taught me this medium so extensively. It was a great learning experience. The course was planned according to the latest industry standards. There was greater emphasis on practical knowledge rather than theoretical. All in all, a great learning place!

Pranati Oza
Production Manager, Walt Disney


What am I doing?

I have worked on films like Jodha Akbar, Rang De Basanti, The Rising, etc. I am really excited about working on Disney’s first animated feature film in India - Roadside Romeo.

When was I at SoC?

I was part of the batch of 2008.

Why SoC?

I just had to join this premier, Delhi-based media institute. Given my commerce background and creative inclination, I wanted a course that focused both on learning the ropes of media as well as the economics behind it. They didn’t just focus on theory but provided real world experience: during my internship, I got to work with Vishal Bhardwaj while he was making Maqbool.

Mahima Gupta
Meow 104.8 FM


What am I doing?

I am a producer with a radio channel targeted at women – a totally new concept in India.

When was I at SoC?

I was part of the batch of 2008.

Why SoC?

At first, I wasn’t convinced about SoC, but after going through the course structure and content, I changed my mind. SoC’s strength lay in the faculty, who were not just professors but industry professionals. They provided a practical perspective to every subject, and made the lectures and assignments interesting. I can’t recall dozing off in a single class! Even the curriculum was structured in a manner that practical and theory had equal weightage, so just mugging didn’t get you marks. My first job at Big FM was through campus placement.

Sana Khan
Anchor, NewsX news channel


What am I doing?

I cover politics for my channel. I have worked as a producer as well.

Why SoC?

I found the course structure to be most comprehensive in terms of giving an understanding of different facets of media. Plus the faculty had a high percentage of practitioners necessary for this field. At SoC, I was exposed to all media, like print, TV, online and movies, which you don’t find anywhere else. I got my first job through campus placement as a copywriter with Membrain Inc.

Tannishtha Chakraborty
Dorling Kindersley (India)


What am I doing?

I am a graphic designer working with DK for about 3 years now. I have had the opportunity to work on some of our bestsellers. I was chosen to work in our London office for three months and learn about different aspects of design.

When was I at SoC?


2004-2006

Why did I choose SoC?


SoC’s unique curriculum was definitely ahead of its time. It was so comprehensive that it was really a big asset.
TESTIMONIALS

SoC had some of the best teachers and the most interesting classes. For the first time in my life, I truly enjoyed education. Mahima Gupta

During my stint at ESPN Star, I worked on the convergence of editorial content for website, mobile and WAP – true to the spirit of SoC! Ranbir Majumdar

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