“Hey, it’s me, Arun! Here I’m planning something”, my classmate Arun said over phone from Pune.
“Justin, what’s your opinion about launching a newsletter from our communication department?” He gave out his idea and waited for my response.
“Wow! That’s great dude!” I really liked his idea.
Arun is popular in class for his bigmouth. He talks a lot but that day his call was very brief and up to the point.
I didn’t hear anyone talking about it after that. Even didn’t Arun! Arun told that he had discussed it with Dhanya, one of my classmates. She didn’t speak about it either. It was just an idea without backbone.
I know very well that this M.A communication course is just wastage of time unless we do something practically regarding the course and its content. Class room lectures are akin to teaching swimming without even getting into water! It’s boring and depletes creativity too. Honestly, I hate classroom lectures. I love group activities in which all students participate, cooperate and learn together.
This very idea encouraged me to take the initiative to start a newsletter from our department. Firstly, I informed Remya ma’am, head of our department about this and she gave a positive response.
In December 2008, she opened a discussion among the students-both our batch and seniors. Except a name for the newsletter, everything including theme and editorial teams got decided upon in that meeting.
Our monthly newsletter is a theme based one. That is, each month we come up with a theme. Patriotism is the theme for our introductory January issue. Front page will be dedicated for the theme and the following pages contain articles on recent social, economic, political and of course, media related issues.
Next hurdle after deciding upon content, was christening our newsletter with an apt and catchy name. I collected the names suggested by my classmates, scrutinized them, and submitted it to Remya ma’am. She made a shortlist and with the approval of our classmates, settled on the final name: Resonance, solely suggested by my classmate, Neelima.
Resonance means richness, significance or quality. It also means a vibration of large amplitude produced by a relatively small vibration. By taking up Resonance as our newsletter’s name, we conveys the quality of our content and spreads a concept that even a modest idea can make great ripples or changes in the society we live in.
Logo for the newsletter was designed by Nirmal, one of our seniors. You can also visit his blog: www.retro-memoir.blogspot.com. The logo plainly depicts our concept. You can see an ink droplet falling from a fountain pen nib thereby creating ripples in a water pool beneath. ‘Pen is mightier than sword’ states Napoleon Bonaparte. We too believe in the power of pen. The ink droplet symbolizes an idea or group of ideas. Water pool stands for the society we live in. Ripples show the change which can be brought to the society with the impact of powerful ideas.
We, as budding media personalities, believe in the power of ideas which can bring changes in the contemporary society. It is by this belief that we initiated Resonance and with a hope of bringing fruitful changes, we put in our best efforts to sustain publishing.
As an enthusiastic blogger, launching a blog for Resonance was in my mind from the very day we got the consent for starting it. But Remya ma’am wasn’t serious about it, I guess.
Kiran (www.iotatalks.blogspot.com), my classmate and a good friend came forward for helping me. From choosing blog’s template to linking our e-newsletter issue to a free file hosting site, he has done an excellent job. He also put forward a brilliant idea for linking Resonance’s blog to
On 2nd February 2009, our ‘newsletter’ dream materialized as 500 copies of Resonance came out in print. ‘Chatter box’ Arun’s idea got back bone then. Both ‘newsletter boys’-Kiran and I- on my bicycle carried the copies and delivered it to the evening college office. We both couldn’t control our smiles and a great satisfaction filled our hearts.
We thought of releasing Resonance with a function inviting the principal and lecturers of other departments. But all went vain owing to Sri Lankan Tamil issue and indefinite closure of all the colleges in Tamilnadu.
Let our batch’s initiative-Resonance-brings unity, builds mutual understanding and cooperation and improves knowledge of students. Let’s wish it will become a training ground for budding writers, reporters and those interested in writing and getting published. Hope, it can one day become an integral part of the prestigious
Few months ago, before joining M.A. communication, I thought of studying abroad dreaming of a better future. Now I understood that it is not the place; our actions which decide our future. It was with a half heart that I joined this course in