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Emerging journalism trends for vernacular journalists discussed

The Department of Mass Communications, Aligarh Muslim University recently concluded a two-day workshop on ‘Emerging Trends of Journalism for Vernacular Journalists’.

The Workshop was organised in collaboration with the British High Commission and University Grants Commission Human Resource Development Centre (UGC HRDC), AMU. AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) inaugurated the Workshop.

More than 50 journalists from Hindi and Urdu newspapers from various cities of Uttar Pradesh participated in the Workshop, in which special lectures were delivered by experts on gender sensitization, development journalism, social and interactive media, covering human rights, covering minorities and marginalised sections of society, covering international affairs, impact of Television on Urdu and Hindi newspapers and language proficiency.

Addressing the function, AMU Vice Chancellor said it is necessary to not fall under the impact of sensational journalism. He urged the vernacular journalists present on the occasion to do rational stories with human interest values.

“The modern technology has its impact on our lives and journalism is no exception as information reaches distant corners of the world in a few seconds,” said General Shah, adding that during the World War II, when journalism and media organisations in many countries were in their nascent stage, information flow was a lot slower.

Jayshankar Gupta, Executive Editor, Deshbandu pointed out that it is the need of the hour that media organisations should do more stories to sensitise people on the issues of the poor and under privileged rather than doing sensational journalism, which diverts people from real issues.

Gupta added that he strongly feels that Television journalism has taken political reporting to lower levels while doing yellow journalism.

Asad Mirza, Press and Communication Advisor of Urdu Division, British High Commission said since eight out of the top ten newspapers in terms of circulation are vernacular, it is clear that there are more newspaper readers of vernacular languages than English. He added that considering the Indian newspaper reading trends, this Workshop has been specifically organised for the vernacular media.

Upendera Singh, Press and Communication Advisor of Hindi Division, British High Commission said it is the duty of the new generation of journalists to safeguard ethical values in journalism. He added that with the growing trend of sensational news, people have started to have doubts on the authenticity of media and it is high time for media professionals to pull up their socks for cleaning media image.

Arun Aditya, Editor, Amar Ujala urged the vernacular journalists to work with professional ethics so that media reliability is maintained. He added that journalism is still a profession with mission and young generation of scribes should work with this responsibility.

While conducting the programme, Professor Shafey Kidwai, Director of the Workshop said there was an era, when the media organisations were doing protest journalism. “However, with the impact of technology and other factors, journalism has become very different,” said Prof Kidwai.

Naveen Patel, Editor Dainik Jagran; Prof A R Kidwai, Director, UGC HRD Centre; Prof Imtiyaz Hasnain, Department of Linguistics and Prof Afreena Rizvi, Chairperson, Department of Mass Communications distributed certificates to the participants.

Prof Pitabas Pradhan proposed the vote of thanks.

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