More than just facts : The Journalist’s Hour 

More than just facts : The Journalist’s Hour 

Ideas and beliefs are the sparks that light up the torches of revolutions. Thoughts and opinions can turn into voices given the right platform. The News and Publication Society (NAPS), BIT Mesra being the catalyst that turns opinions to voices, organised the event, ‘The Journalist’s Hour’ on 24th and 25th August, 2019. The affair took place in Lecture Hall-2 and saw great participation from the students of 2K18 and 2K19 batches.

All the teams were then divided into 4 different pools, wherein each team was given a case study common to that pool.

The first round commenced at 12:00 noon on 24th August. A total of 13 teams participated in the event. The contestants were first given a sample case study of the murder of a Bombay builder, Mr. Natwarlal. All the teams were then divided into 4 different pools, wherein each team was given a case study common to that pool. The participants had to form problem statements based on the case study and their understanding of the situation. The time limit for the first round was 25 minutes. The studies highlighted the famous cases of Aarushi Talwar, Subhas Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Sunanda Pushkar. The subsequent round saw the swapping of problem statements amongst the teams. Each team had to now answer the problem statements and loopholes pointed out by former teams, explaining their reason for the same. The 35-minute round marked an end for the first day of the event.

The jury for the discourse consisted of Yash Singhania, Bhavya Raj and Achirava Raha

The final round of the event took place on 25th August from 10:30 A.M. Six teams qualified for the final round which was a panel discussion. The topic for the same was, “What were the reasons for the worsening plight of justice? What aspects should be incorporated so that justice prevails pertaining to all the pillars of democracy?” The panellists put forward their views and opinions, giving rise to a lively and captivating discussion. The panel discussion also entertained a questionnaire from the remaining team members. The jury for the discourse consisted of Yash Singhania, Bhavya Raj and Achirava Raha while Alaap Banerjee was the moderator for the exchange of opinions. The neck to neck competition was won by “Team Spontaneous”, closely followed by “Team Seekers” and “Team Optimus” for second and third positions.

Finally, the faculty advisor of NAPS, Dr. Vijay Nath and the judges pitched in their valuable ideas and conclusions. The competition closed on a high note with a group photography session and the participants awaiting its return with greater fervour.

Reporter: –Utkarsh
Editor:- Triparna Roy
Picture Credits:- Photographic Society, BIT Mesra

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