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Here’s your chance to learn stress management from India’s finest trauma specialist

The field of media is run by deadlines. Advertising professionals have to brainstorm creative concepts and deliver quality work in a limited span of time. At times, they face a ‘writer’s block’. Today, journalists cannot afford to be lapdogs. They have to be watchdogs and keep the newsroom brimming with stories. In such a competitive scenario and amidst erratic schedules, it is safe to say that media professionals are subjected to high levels of friction.

No, it isn’t convenient to succumb to difficult situations and give up. Stress management hence becomes crucial for media aspirants, to save the day. At SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis, we prepare our students for real life situations. Hence, we invited one of India’s finest trauma specialists to interact with our students.

Seema-Hingorani

She is the youngest psychologist in Mumbai, regularly quoted for her expertise and elucidation in prominent newspapers and magazines like Times of India. She has also been an Official Psycho Analyst for Femina Miss India. Applauded internationally for her research papers, she was one of the trauma experts who were recently sent to Kashmir to treat 5000 flood survivors.

Her clinic at Bandra, Mumbai is frequented by Bollywood celebrities to vent their woes and one might have to wait for months to get an appointment with her. You are wondering who she is. Quoted in more than 2500 articles across media, Dr. Seema Hingorrany was gracious enough to address our students on stress management on special request, as we at HMMRA believe in the holistic development of every student.

The seminar commenced with a short exercise, where Dr. Hingorrany asked the students to close their eyes and ponder on their top three worries for the day.  What was achieved from this exercise was a true realisation of what is bothering one from within. “The first step to tackle stress is being mindful of your stress”, says Dr. Seema Hingorrany. As soon as you notice a physical or emotional stress, you must acknowledge and accept it. She expounded on the need to practice this exercise daily on rising, so as to be aware of our problems and thereby improve problem solving. In practicing mindfulness, we learn to become aware of our thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behaviour so we can interrupt stress cycles before they increase out of control.

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Next, she introduced the students to the technique of compartmentalisation. It includes dividing up the tasks one needs to do and the corresponding stresses, so that they can’t slam into one another. Just as one keeps the peas away from mashed potatoes on the plate, one must focus only on the one thing in front of them, whether it’s the peas or the potatoes. For example, stress arising from family and home must be left at the door and not carried as baggage to the workplace. In this way, one can prioritise situational needs and thereby troubleshoot stress. One must compartmentalise, isolate and focus on different issues separately. Remind yourself that at a given moment, what your role and priority are. “It teaches you how to close doors in your brain. Shut tight. Not to be opened until the appropriate time”, says Dr. Seema Hingorrany, regarding boundary management as an important technique for media professionals, as they cannot afford worries to bother them at work. It may deter them from being optimally productive.

Some students expressed their concerns about stress before a job interview. Dr. Hingorrany encouraged the students to be confident and practice positive visualisation and shared that eating dark chocolate before an interview helps relieve stress. She enlightened the students on including Vitamins B12, D3 in their diet as these play an important role in curbing stress. This was followed by a question-answer session, where Dr. Hingorrany gave her expert advice to the students. The seminar received unanimous appreciation from all the students.

At SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis, we regularly organise seminars, master-classes and workshops. Apart from professional skill-building master-classes, we also conduct life lesson imparting sessions in the interest of our students. Log on to www.hmmra.ac.in to learn more.

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Posted in Journalism, Uncategorized

An afternoon with Aaj Tak!

IMG_2877As a student of journalism, one thing I find particularly testing is to stand in front of a camera. On the face of it, one would wonder what all the fuss is about. However, there is more to it than what meets the eye. Broadcasting, for me, transcends mere news reporting. Today’s times warrant drama. There is so much more that is, or can, be conveyed on camera. Your eyes, body language, voice modulation, confidence, and alertness, have the potential to leverage a news story. The crux is that it all has to come together in that one moment.

At Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media Research and Analysis, we have regular sessions of practicing reporting on lens. Interviewing people and speaking in front of an audience is an ongoing process. However, operating in a simulated environment, where we have the luxury of time, is a far cry from the pressures of the real world.

Keeping that in mind, on April 29, 2016, our college organised a special session for us. A visit to the prestigious Aaj Tak office/studio. Amongst Hindi news broadcasting channels in India, Aaj Tak is arguably the biggest. Be it excellence in news reporting, or viewership, it is hard to name a channel that can trump it.

All of us, along with our faculty member, Mrs Sonika Tewari, assembled outside the Aaj Tak office in Andheri, East, sharp at 1 pm. Once inside, we were greeted by an amicable man, Mr Manish Shirishkar, their Head Director of Photography, Mumbai.

IMG_2867Straight away, we were guided into the recording studio. Standing at the centre, with a huge green screen in the backdrop, multiple cameras staring, along with blinding lights, was a real eye-opener. It felt like stepping into a Test match arena after having played gully cricket all our lives!

We then shifted our base to the Picture Control Room, a place where there are multiple screens, along with a director who synchronises the frames being shot inside the studio. The next hour or so was truly captivating. In the recording studio now, popular entertainment show Saas Bahu Aur Betiyaan was being shot. As it was International Dance Day, a special programme was planned. Both the anchors, dressed in traditional attire, were performing Spanish dance forms as an opening act. “These days we look at dancing as a prerequisite while hiring anchors,” said Manish nonchalantly.

It was about 1.30 pm at that time and the show was to air at 2.30 pm. The shoot was a race against time. Having read the script just once, and with the clock ticking away, it was fascinating to watch the anchors as they put on an act. Witnessing their presence, clarity of thought, flawless diction, spontaneity, and showmanship, was a massive learning for all of us.

IMG_2889Later, we were given a masterclass on how to record a voice-over. The entire meaning of a story can be lost if not spoken in the correct tone. Only after hearing the recording in person did we understand the extent to which our voice needs to be modulated. Hearing the anchor pour so much emotion into words was stirring.

What followed was an interactive session with Manish. He shared with us anecdotes of his wonderful journey with Aaj Tak. He had joined the channel in 1998, when it was hardly the name it is today. He threw light on his struggles, on how he made his way up from the very bottom. Manish’s passion for his craft struck a chord with each one of us. We were motivated to face the grind that lay ahead.

At the end of it all, I can say for sure that our visit to Aaj Tak was an enriching experience. It gave us a first-hand lesson of what it takes to be a top professional. Personally, I know that the visit will hold me in good stead in the future. Hopefully, I’ll do a much better job the next time that lens zooms in on me.

-Aditya Chaturvedi

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What you did not know about the man who holds it together at HMMRA

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. We’re talking about one such exemplary leader. Our students consider him as friend, mentor, guide and philosopher. His pen is his mightiest weapon. The one with a difficult but renowned name. He is none other than Mr Soumyadipta Banerjee.

A leading journalist for the past one and a half decade, Mr Banerjee is the director of SVKM’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis. He is the guiding light at the institute. No, he is not that clichéd no-nonsense principal from whom students prefer to keep a safe distance from. His novel and non-conventional ways of leadership reflect in the functioning of the institute. After joining the institute, you will agree to the statement too.

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Our director has a ‘Desi’ style. You will frequently spot him in a kurta. How can we forget Madhur-milan. No, it is not a person’s name. It is the name of his favourite dessert. Perhaps, Madhur-milan is the secret behind his sweet demeanour.

Mr Banerjee has worked as a prominent senior journalist at various publications such as Times of India, Telegraph, DNA, Online CNN-IBN, where many of his articles frequented the front page and became national news. It must be noted that he had been consistently rated as an outstanding performer over his tenure. Mr Banerjee is also the founder at www.bollywoodjournalist.com, where he presents The Indian Film Industry, unmasked. He has been the official film critic for DNA newspaper.

Mr Soumyadipta follows an open-door policy at the institute. This policy is the reason behind the students’ perception of the institute as ‘student-friendly’. He personally hears the students suggestions and grievances during his weekly visits to their class, which receive due consideration by him. Our students never hesitate to talk to him, owing to his amicable and approachable personality. He closely monitors every learner’s progress at HMMRA. He always inspires the students to learn what they love most.

Walk down to the institute on the first floor of SVKM’s campus (Mithibai College) to catch him constantly encouraging and motivating the staff and the students alike.

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What you need to know about Mumbai’s most sought-after media college

vlcsnap-2015-10-09-23h36m05s245Let me introduce you to the Most Innovative Educational Institute in India (2014)’. An institute aimed at delivering the best and real-time media training to all aspirants. Synonymous with ‘student-friendly’, ‘second-home’, ‘one of a kind’ ‘realistic and not bookish Gyaan’. Yes, these are tags our students use to best describe us!

We’re talking about Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s Harkisan Mehta Institute of Media, Research & Analysis. Founded by the famous Gujarati Writer and Journalist Late Shri Harkisan Mehta, the institute has been training students under various disciplines and gets them job-ready at the end of the course. Students are offered diploma and post-graduate courses in the areas of journalism, advertising, public relations, creative writing, film appreciation, photography & event management.

We strictly follow a No-exam policy at the institute, as we strongly believe that there cannot be a single question paper that can judge the learning ability or the professional ability of a student. Even better, we give you customised professional projects and assignments to judge how much you have learnt. You see, we do not test students on their memory power. Our faculty doesn’t comprise of professors, but successful professionals from the industry who are domain-experts in their field.

Yes, that means students are exposed to valuable insights and practical learning. The study materials that we use are sourced from the latest developments in the field and not from a book that was written five years back.

The best media companies love us. Why? Because, the companies don’t need to spend money to train our candidates. Obviously, as we make our students job-ready with highly practical exposure over the course. There is hardly a leading media company where our students are not working. This year, The Times of India, Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Mid-day(Gujarati), Zee Group, Disney, DNA, Network 18, BookMyShow, Balaji Telefilms, Spice PR, etc have recruited our students.

Come, let your passion be your profession. We will help you manifest your dream. To know more, log on to http://www.hmmra.ac.in