By DCD Reporter
Dalit Christian Digest (DCD), an online news portal, on May 1 organized the first media orientation for Tamil Nadu Dalit Christian youth to help them to be active in social media and report news effectively.
The event was organized in collaboration with the National Dalit Christian Watch (NDCW), a civil society group that champions the causes of Dalits’ rights.
Welcoming the participants, Father Devasagayaraj M Zackarias, a member of the editorial team of DCD, said, “News reaches faster than anything. We need to use the media to reach out to others with the timely, accurate and right information. The mission of NDCW through DCD is to have the IT wing of the Dalit Christians.”
The interested Dalit Christian youth will be trained by experts and this will help the youth to gain self-confidence in media, he said.
While sharing the Labours day (May 1) wishes, Dr. Richard Devadoss, the national convener of NDCW, said, “Bible is the source of the fruit of our labor. The majority of the laborers in India are the Dalits and the Dalit Christians contribute a lot to the nation’s economy. On this day, we need to remember the fabulous contribution of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to the labor laws.”
This orientation and training programs on media will be conducted to the youth of different states and will have national-level training and it will be physical meetings.
NDCW is a national platform fighting for the rights of Dalit Christians. Through DCD, NDCW aims to bring out the achievements of the Dalit Christians and to train the Dalit Christian youth especially the young women in the media, added Devadoss.
The resource person Father Arun Lucas, a Jesuit of the Calcutta province and the Assistant Director of Chitrabani (sight and sound), the media center of the Calcutta province, shared his interest in reporting and motivated the youth.
He shared the techniques of reporting and differentiating authentic news.
“We have to set a goal and to create a space for us and to shine in the mainline media. All the newspapers have a logo or a brand to establish their name in society. We the Dalit Christians should have a stand in the mainstream to speak up for ourselves,” he added.
More than 50 youth and Dalit Christian leaders belong to different denominations of Christianity participated in the program. It will have follow-up programs soon.
DCD is an initiative of intellectuals, social activists and Dalit leaders from across India. They joined hands together and formed the digital news portal on December 9, 2020.
It publishes news stories on Dalits, especially Dalit Christians with the vision to have a harmonious Church and a society with equality and justice for all.
Its main objectives are to bring out the success stories and the challenges of the Dalit Christians worldwide and to train the Dalit Christian youth to be in the mainline media.