Udupi Deanery Social Communication Commission organizes Workshop

By Dr. Eugene DSouza
Udupi Today Media Network


Udupi, 04 November 2017: Realizing the importance of the Social Communication in modern times the Social Communication Commission of Udupi Deanery organized  a workshop on report writing on Saturday, 4 November 2017 from 2 pm to 5 pm in the Parish Hall of Mother of Sorrows Church, Udupi.


Rev. Fr. Valerian Mendonca, Chanceloor of Udupi Diocese and Director of the Social Communication Commission of the Diocese presided over the inaugural function. Rev. Fr. Chetan Lobo (OFM Cap)-Editor of the Diocesan Fortnightly “Uzwaad” was the guest of honour. John D’Souza, Senior Journalist of Viajaya Karnataka and Vinod Gangolli, associated with the  State Institute of Rural Development were the resource persons. Rev. Fr.  Ravi Serrao (OFM Cap), Director of Social Communication Commission, Udupi Deanery was also present.  Around forty persons belonging to nine parishes of the Udupi Deanery participated in the workshop.



Rev. Fr. Valerian Mendonca along with the dignitaries on the dais inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp.


In his introductory address, Rev. Fr. Chetan Lobo while outlining the aims and objectives of the workshop said that objectivity is the corner stone of any report writing. He said that writing has been instrumental in changing the course of history at various stages.  Writers have a lot of responsibility while reporting events in news papers or magazines. He further said that reports are the drafts of the future history.


Delivering the presidential message, Rev. Fr. Valerian Mendonca said that ‘a drop of ink can make millions of people to think’. Mahatma Gandhi used truth and non-violence to fight against the British. He used writing in papers and books to influence the minds of not only the Indian people but also right thinking British people as well.  Fr. Valerian further said that parishes in the diocese of Udupi  conduct many activities. However, very few people come to know about these activities as only few parishes send reports either to newspapers or websites.


John D’Souza, the senior journalist of Vijaya Karnataka  narrated his own experience in writing reports. He said that he was not formally trained in journalistic school, but developed an interest in journalism and developed the art of writing reports.  The youth has to respond to the issues of the society by gaining knowledge through reading  news papers and books. The social media has brought about lot many changes in social relationships and the youth are lagging behind in many fields as they have become the slaves of the modern gadgets and social media. The media has to be used for positive purpose. John D’Souza explained how an effective report can be written keeping in mind certain parameters of report writing.


Vinod Gangolli in his presentation through power point  highlighted  the role of the media in the promotion of the functioning and activities of the church. He said that the church got a new direction since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The laity, along with the Bishops, Priests and Religious have acquired equal responsibility  in the functioning of the church. The church has also laid down decrees as to how the media has to be used for the spread of the Good News. He urged each and every parish to have its own website and upload articles and parish magazines so that such writings could have a wider reach.  He also informed that his Divyawani Live in Youtube and Facebook page on St. Joseph Vaz could be accessed by the participants.


In concluding remarks, Fr. Chetan Lobo gave few examples as to how a brief and effective report can be written, especially for “Uzwaad”.


Dr. Eugene DSouza welcomed the guests and the gathering, Mrs. Judith Fernandes introduced the resource persons, Fr. Ravi Serrao proposed the vote of thanks and Mrs. Shaila Fernandes compeered the programme.


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