Tulihal Battalion of 9 Sector Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) organized an educational field trip for the students of Azad English School, Meitram to the leading media houses of Manipur. The trip was aimed at giving a first hand experience about news making and production in both electronic and print media.
The batallion which comes under the aegis of IGAR(South) organized this field trip to the printing press of Sangai Express and Impact TV. At Sangai Express, the students were given a live demo on working various machines in tandem to produce the coluoured set that they read every morning. Students were fascinated to know that a combination of just four basic colours- Cyan, Yellow, Magenta and Black are used to produce the entire colour set. The trip to the printing press of one of the largest selling newspapers in Manipur was followed by visit Impact TV Office and their news broadcast room.
The students were excited to see the large cameras and the studio room used for broadcasting the news. Raj Nongthombam, Executive Editor at Impact TV explained the importance of Media in today’s world and it being the 4th pillar of democracy. He explained the nuances of news making, how news is telecasted, the way teleprompters work, and how news is collaborated & verified before it is broadcasted. The enthusiastic students gladly took turns in sitting at the news reader’s chair and reading the news through the teleprompter.
The educational field trip to these media organizations will go a long way in encouraging these students to take up journalism as a career. The students were given examples of prominent personalities like Hon’ble CM of Manipur Shri N Biren Singh who has himself served as the editor of a local daily(Naharolgi Thoudang) and as President of AMJWU. The field trip had a strong element of experimental learning by seeing the insides of media organizations and having direct contact with those who work in them. At the same time, it encouraged critical scholarly thinking.
The educational trip not only inspired and encouraged students to take up journalism but also gave an insight on how media functions.The school authorities as well as the students were overwhelmed by the initiative taken by Tulihal Battalion.