About the Journal

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) plays a pivotal role in nation-building by empowering individuals through educational interventions for those who have missed/lost/been denied their educational opportunities. In this endeavour, a new dimension is being sought to be added by the School of Journalism and New Media Studies by launching a peer-reviewed open access research publication - IGNOU Journal of Media and Empowerment. Through this initiative, the Journal intends to create a learning environment for aspiring young scholars of media and communication systems. It aims to support them through enhancing research skills, domain knowledge on specific topics, and hand-holding them in fine tuning their research outputs. It is hoped that these efforts will contribute to a holistic understanding of the media and information system's role in empowering individuals along with emancipating research in the discipline.

The power equation in the communication process has witnessed titanic changes. Individuals are no longer receivers of information; instead, they can be produsers. Demassification, convergence and a no-entry barrier of communication technology has enabled media and information access to all. Utilising this opportunity of horizontal communication power, however, needs scrutiny within the context of the empowerment of individuals.

The empowerment process through the media and communication system can enable the common person to handle the system better and in a more useful manner. Three fundamental dimensions- access, interpretation and participation - help to shape people holistically and to transform them into responsible citizens to exercise necessary democratic functions. An informed individual or society can be more participative in all possible societal functions, including that of media and communication systems, which demand higher living conditions in a wide variety of development settings.

Poverty, education, and gender inequality and many other factors determine the quality of access to communication outlets. While, media and information may not provide solutions to these problems, but they can empower citizens to be aware of their roles and responsibilities.