On the eighth day of the workshop, three lectures were delivered which were highly informative for scholars.
Dr. Saima Saeed, Associate Professor at Centre for Culture, Media & Governance, made the first presentation on content analysis. Her lecture was centered on research methods in news studies and she argued that news studies as a scholarly enquiry is beyond content analysis. She traced the origins of American news and then narrowed down to the Indian scenario which she said was about 200 years old.
Dr. Saeed laid emphasis on the phenomenological understanding of news and remarked that the ‘Four Theories of Press’ was an important work that scholars need to engage with. About news, she said news had a value beyond profit-making.
She also laid emphasis on social importance of news and invoked the work of Robert Ezra Park whose article ‘News as a form of knowledge’ is widely recommended reading.
Dr. Saeed shed light on participant observation and survey research as research methods in news studies and talked about social control in the newsroom and news as a process.
Besides, she explained the normative and constructionist notions of news; the former considers news as truth telling while the latter takes news as a social construction. Dr. Saeed also talked at length about concepts like ‘Grounded Theory’ and ‘Power/Knowledge.’
Following her, Dr. Tabrez Ahmad Neyazi, Assistant Professor at CCMG, made his presentation on framing. He talked on the use of framing as a method of media studies. He talked about the concepts like phantom public and shed light on framing tools such as panel study.
After Dr. Neyazi, Dr Nandita Chaudhary of Delhi University’s Lady Irwin College made a presentation on qualitative and quantitative approaches of research. She held interaction with students and discussed with them their research topics and gave them suggestions for improvement.
She talked about multi-method approach and argued that such a method has been effective in social science research and that separating qualitative from quantitative is not a better way. Rather, she said, they go hand in hand and aid in a better enquiry.
She also displayed some ethnographic work that she has been conducting with her students. Her work stimulated discussion among the scholars attending the programme.
Dr. Chaudhary also instructed students how to use the qualitative research method software ‘Atlasti’ and gave her live demonstrations on computers.