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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Fundamentals of Digital Journalism - Workshop at Soka Ikeda College - 12th Sep 2017



A workshop for 90 minutes was held at Sokda Ikeda Arts and Science College for women on Tuesday, the 12th September 2017.  The  purpose of the workshop was to educate the student members on the steps to be followed for writing an article.

Dr R Jagannathan, President of the Management Committee of the College also participated.  Bharathi Thamizhan, President of DiJAI interacted with the students on the current trends in digital journalism and the expectations of the readers.

K. Srinivasan, Founder Chairman of DiJAI made a presentation on the three steps to be followed while writing an article.  He also made announcement of the Mentoring Scheme for the student Members.

The power point presentation made by K. Srinivasan


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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI) Students Forum launched

Dr Mariazeena Johnson launching PreSense125 and DiJAI Students Forum. The cartoon on the right was flashed symbolically
Dr Mariazeena Johnson launching PreSense125 and DiJAI Students Forum. The cartoon on the right was flashed symbolically


Coinciding with the second Remembrance Day of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, on 27th July 2017, 125th edition of ezine PreSense and the Students Forum of Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI) were launched at Dr MGR Janaki College of Arts & Science for women, Chennai.  Dr Mariazeena Johnson, Pro-Chancellor of Sathyabama University was the Chief Guest and launched the initiatives.  DiJAI is one of the initiatives of PreSense.  Prime Point Foundation is the Publisher of PreSense.

Susan Koshy, Editor of ezine PreSense tracing the history of the ezine PreSense explained the purpose of Students Forum.  While delivering the inaugural address, Dr Mariazeena Johnson wanted a similar DiJAI Students Forum to be started in a grand manner in their University.  Representatives from other Colleges who attended the event wanted a similar Students Forum to be launched in their institutions also.  Presently DiJAI plans to launch the Students Forum in four or five institutions in the next six months.  

Presently, DiJAI Students Forum is launched in two Chennai based Colleges, viz. (1) Dr MGR Janaki College of Arts & Science for Women and (2) Soka Ikeda College of Arts & Science for women.  The student  members were enrolled through a rigorous selection process by the College Authorities.  Around 65 students from these Colleges are now enrolled in the Students forum.

Students from different domains with good writing skills (Tamil or English) and with a passion to become a good Digital Journalists were the only criteria for selection.  

Before the launch of Students Forum, an exclusive interview with Dr Abdul kalam, recorded over phone in August 2017  by Prime Point Srinivasan (Editor in Chief, PreSense) was screened.  In this exclusive interview, Dr Kalam has given six suggestions to Media persons to be part of national development.  The six point agenda set by Dr Abdul kalam will be the focus for the Students Forum.  

DiJAI will handhold the students to become a good Digital journalists focussing on positive and development journalism.  The interview with Dr Abdul Kalam is embedded here.


After the launch of  the DiJAI Students Forum, a workshop was held on the Digital Journalism.  Details of the workshop with complete presentations will be given in the next posting.

The photos taken during the launch event is embedded here.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Forward mania syndrome - Forwarding of images and videos cause unwanted problems to receivers.

In the recent days, many of the WhatsApp users are suffering from "Forward mania syndrome". That means whenever they receive any message in their whatsapp inbox, (including personal messages), their fingers immediately jump to forward to all their contacts, whether it is relevant or irrelevant. They don't understand that they are causing lot of inconvenience to others, unknowingly.

I request all whatsapp users to avoid sending forwarded images and videos to any one, including me. These images and videos will get downloaded in the mobile and cause problems to mobile users. Without the knowledge of the sender and unknowingly every day the sender of such messages causes inconvenience to many mobile users. A survey reveals that more than 95% percent of receivers do not even see the photos and videos. They feel uncomfortable to receive such forwarded images and videos. This is also a wastage of bandwidth.

Everybody can use whatsapp chat or group to send his/her original messages for conversation. If needed they can send YouTube link with proper introduction in the original message. Also do not simply forward the videos, without mentioning about the relevance of such video.

You can share this message with everyone who is in the habit of forwarding everything to others.

By Prime Point Srinivasan

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Sansad Ratna Award function 2017 - At a glance - 14 minute video podcast

Sansad Ratna Awardees 2017
On 27 May 2017, 8th Edition of Sansad Ratna Award ceremony was held at Indian Institute of Technology Madras to honour the top performing Parliamentarians of 16th Lok Sabha (up to 10th session). Justice (Retd.) Shri  P. Sathasivam, Hon'ble Governor of Kerala presented the Awards. 

Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, Shri N.K. Premachandran, Shri Shrirang Barne, Shri Rajiv Satav, Shri Dhananjay Mahadik, Dr Heena Gavit, Shri Sanjay Raut, K. N. Balagopal and Dr. T. N. Seema were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards.

Hon'ble Union Minister of State (Finance & CA) Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal presided over the function.  This 14 minute podcast video gives the glimpse of the Award function. 

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Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 - Photographs and videos of the entire proceedings

The above event was held at IIT Madras on 27th May 2017.  Nine MPs were honoured with Sansad Ratna Awards 2017.  Hon'ble Justice (Retd.) Shri P Sathasivam, The Governor of Kerala presented the Awards.  Shri Arjun Ram meghwal, Hon'ble Union Minister of State (Finance & CA) presided over the event.  Besides there were presentations and panel discussions on subjects of National significance with eminent policy makers and experts.    The links for the photographs and the videos are given below.

All Photographs (Images in jpeg format)

Welcome speech by K. Srinivasan, Chairman, Prime Point Foundation

Felicitation by Shri PP Chaudhary, Hon'ble MOS (Law & Justice)

Key Note address by Prof. Krishnan Balasubrmanian, Dean, IC&SR, IIT Madras

Presidential Address by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon'ble MOS (Finance & CA)

Award Presentation Ceremony

Address by Hon'ble Justice (Retd.) Shri P Sathasivam, The Governor of Kerala

Vote of Thanks by Dr Sudarshan Padmanabhan, Associate Professor, IIT Madras

Interactive Session with Award winning Parliamentarians

Panel Discussion I - National Vision 2022 - Agriculture

Panel Discussion II - Tamil Nadu Vision 2022
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Civil Society and Media Should Encourage Performing Parliamentarians and Legislators


The civil society is generally cynical about politicians, and do not differentiate between the performers and non-performers among them.  The society’s perception is that the entire political community is irresponsible, not realising that they were elected from the civil society they belong to.  Be it a bureaucrat, a politician, a professional, an employee or a teacher, they are all from the civil society, which is a conglomerate of people of various characters and value systems. In such an environment, it is unfair to give a sweeping label of ‘bad’ to the politicians in general. 

The media too focusses on the behaviour and sound-bites of only the ‘trouble makers’ among the politicians, giving them the limelight they do not deserve, for the sake sensationalism and TRP ratings.  The real heroes, who are the initiators of discussions and debates in the Parliament are ignored and go unnoticed.  This gives an impression among errant parliamentarians and the people at large, that visibility before the media and the camera is the main objective to be achieved.

Elected politicians govern the state.  If governance is in the hands of good politicians, the people naturally stand to benefit. Way back in 2009, at the end of the 14th Lok Sabha session, the entire country was cynical about politicians and Parliamentarians. A casual remark by Dr Abdul Kalam, “Are we not having good Parliamentarians? Why term all bad?” triggered an idea to the Editorial Team of PreSense to identify and honour the achievers.

At the end of the 8th edition of the Sansad Ratna Awards in 2017, the Editorial Team is pleased and proud that this Award is considered the most prestigious award presented by the civil society to Parliamentarians in recognition of their achievement. The award-winning Parliamentarians acknowledge that this Award has motivated them to strive to perform better.  This is a silent revolution, generating positivity in action.

During the Sansad Ratna Awards 2017 function held at IIT Madras on 27th May, the focus was on two issues, viz. (1) how MPs should think of innovative projects that help their constituencies and (2) the role of the civil society in appreciating the performing Parliamentarians and Legislators, and actively supporting them in the development of the constituency.

The news about these top performing Parliamentarians should reach the people across the nation. Instead of being cynical and arm-chair critics of the politicians in general, the civil society can definitely play a proactive and participatory role by working alongside their elected representatives for betterment of their own society.

(Data Source: PRS India – data relates to the period from 1-6-2014 to 12-4-2017)


by K. Srinivasan, Editor in Chief, PreSense
(This article was published in the May 2017 issue of ezine PreSense as Editorial)
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Sansad Ratna 2017 event photos, press matters and live streaming link for downloading


We have made arrangements to upload important Photos of Award function and the Press materials in the google drive.  Media persons and others can download from the link.

https://goo.gl/Ku0ihz

We are also making arrangements for live streaming the event from the morning. (subject to seamless internet connectivity).  Webcast may be watched from here.




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Prime Point Foundation

Prime Point Foundation is a non-profit Trust incepted in December 1999, to create Communication awareness among all the people. 

K Srinivasan (Communication Strategist ) is the Founder and Chairman the Trust.
  • The Foundation offers Training, workshop on all Communication related subjects, including Image Audit. 
  • The Foundation publishes a monthly eMagazine PreSense since March 2006. 
  • Digital Journalists Association of India (DiJAI),  India Vision, Action 2020, Education Loan Task Force (ELTF) are other major initiatives of this Foundation. 
  • Every year, the Foundation honours the outstanding Parliamentarians with Sansad Ratna Awards 
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