K Thomas Oommen has been teaching aspiring journalists from many countries
for more than four decades. He has been on the faculty as Head of Department
or Dean at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, the Times Research
Foundation’s Institute of Journalism, the University of Swaziland and the
Asian College of Journalism. He has also been a visiting Professor at the
University of Kerala and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He was
instrumental in setting up the Sri Lanka College of Journalism in Colombo
and has conducted workshops in reporting and editing for Sri Lankan
journalists. As a professional journalist, he has worked as a reporter or
sub-editor for the Free Press Journal, the Ethiopian Ministry of
Information, a number of newspapers in the United States, the Associated
Press and as managing editor of Down to Earth magazine.
A native of Kottayam, Prof. Oommen returned home after a lifetime abroad to
undertake on behalf of the Malayala Manorama group, the task of running a
worldclass school of print journalism training.
A. Ravi Shankar
A. Ravi Shankar has over twenty-five years of experience working in the area
of non-fiction television. Besides his stints as TV journalist and producer,
he has also trained professionals and run media courses at the post-graduate
A Chevening scholar, Ravi is an MPhil in Journalism and Mass Communication
and holds a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from University of Cardiff, UK.
He has produced news bulletins, talk shows, breakfast shows and directed
Organisations he has worked include the BBC, CNBC, TV Today Network, Sahara,
Eenadu and Eyewitness (Hindustan Times Television). He also worked as Dean
at the School of Convergence and FMCC in Delhi. Ravi has trained television
professionals in Myanmar, Maldives, Fiji and many Indian channels. His
E-book – ‘Preparing for Primetime’, meant for television journalists has
been received well..
V K Jotheendra Kumar comes to MASCOM with a Master’s Degree in
Journalism with First Class from the University of Kerala, a postgraduate
diploma in journalism and with many years of practical work experience in
both print and television journalism and in teaching journalism at the
university level. Prof. Jotheendra Kumar worked for eight years as news
editor for the Kerala Pathrika, a Thiruvananthapuram daily. He also worked
for five years in the News Division of Doordarshan Kendra,
Thiruvananthapuram, before joining the faculty of the Department of
Communication and Journalism of theUniversity of Kerala in 1989. During his
career at the University of Kerala, he has served as a resource person for
the State Council for Education Research and Training in Thiruvananthapuram
and on academic bodies of Kerala, Calicut and Kannur universities.
Prof. Kumar was also a member of the guest faculty at the Kerala Institute
of Rural Development and C-DIT (Centre for Developing Imaging Technology).
Prof. Kumar, who is a native of Thiruvananthapuram, joined the MASCOM
faculty in June 2008.
A. Sahadevan has 35 years of experience in Print (Mathrubhumi), Broadcast
(Indiavision News) streams of journalism, and taught journalism in various
media schools and university centers across Kerala.
A former Assistant Editor with Mathrubhumi, he had reported, edited and
produced daily and publications mainly 'The Mathrubhumi weekly'. He worked
directly under Shri M.T.Vasudevan Nair, the celebrated Malayalam writer, who
was the Editor of 'The Mathrubhumi' Periodicals. As Associate Editor, he has
been responsible for production of news based programs in 'Indiavision' and
did anchor the business news bulletins and the highly appreciated program on
world cinema, '24 Frames'. He anchored two programs titled 'Freedom At
Midnight' and 'World War II' in Safari TV also.
He is a recipient of Pampan Madhavan Award, instituted by Kannur Press club
for best investigative series on dowry deaths in Kerala, best Television
Anchor for the program '24 Frames' from the Kerala State Government and for
the best educational and entertainment program once again for '24 Frames'
from Asiavision, Dubai.
Salumon.S has an experience over six years as a news cameraman in
Indiavision and Mathrubhumi news channels . He also worked as visual
specialist in Chithramalika, Kochi for making ad films, short films,
corporate videos etc.
Salumon comes with a Master degree in Visual communication from CUSAT. He
also worked in the Media Department of OGEI Wayanad and DIST Angamaly as an
Jithin Varkey Jose
Jithin Varkey Jose has an experience of 5 years in Visual Media (Production
& Teaching) in addition to professional working in Short films and
Jithin completed his Post graduation in M.A Cinema & Television from St
Joseph College of Communication, Chenganassery. He had Started working in
the media industry at SAFARI TV Channel as a Visual Editor. He was
associated with many programs in the channel, the major programs were “Aa
Yathrayil” & “Opera House”.
Jithin Worked as Assistant professor at ST Thomas College, Thrissur as
Faculty for Cinematography and Visual Editing.
Eminent visitors to MASCOM this academic year included former Supreme Court
Justice K.T. Thomas; TV Paul, Professor of International relations, McGill
University, Montreal, Canada; TP Srinivasan, former Indian diplomat and Vice
Chairman, Kerala State Higher Education Council; Vedvyas, motivational speaker;
BC Jojo, former executive editor, Kerala Kaumudi; Economics Emeritus Mathew
Kurian; Environmental Economist Muraleevallabhan; Environmental Scientist Punnen
Kurian Venkadath; Political Scientist Mohan Varghese; Associate Professor Sheeba
Pilllai of Legal Thought, MG University; Nuclear Scientist George Samuel; State
Environment Impact Assessment Authority member KP Joy; Agriculture Scientist NK
Sasidharan; MM TV News Director Johny Lukose.