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Importance of local press highlighted

Two-day workshop for language journalists inaugurated Department of Mass Communication and British High Commission, New Delhi, in collaboration with the UGC Human Resource Development Centre, Aligarh Muslim University, has inaugurated a two-day workshop on “Skill Enhancement of Indian Language Journalists” in the Cultural Hall of the Maulana Azad Library.

Inaugurating the workshop, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) highlighted the need of a progressive agenda in the language press. ‘‘I read all the three – Urdu, Hindi and English press. The language press should follow the English press and set an agenda of public importance. To serve their personal interests, a few people kill the actual message as there is a wide practice of statement journalism in language press,’’ Shah said.

Madhukar Upadhyaya, eminent broadcaster and Chief Guest of the programme highlighted the role language press can play to ‘kill’ the danger faced by society. ‘‘Local press has an abundant role to play. Journalists should not rely on the deadline journalism. They should go beyond the daily based reporting and should contribute to society at large,’’ Upadhyay said.

He also said that language journalists should not restrict themselves to the space allotted to them by the editors. ‘‘With the advent of social media and internet, language journalists can carry out the long form of journalism and kill the issues before they kill us,’’ he concluded. Prof. Shafey Kidwai, Director of the Workshop, enumerated the issues journalists faced on daily basis. “Local press should not rely on briefs. The journalists must regularly do follow ups and dig deep to uncover the basic problems. Actually, the need of the hour is that language press must see the issues through a new lens,’’ Prof. Kidwai added.

Some 50 journalists from various Hindi and Urdu newspapers across the Uttar Pradesh are participating in the workshop. Upendar Singh, Press and Communication Adviser, Hindi, British High Commission, New Delhi, and Editor, Dainik Jagran, Aligarh, Naveen Patel were the guests of honour.

Dean, Faculty of Social Science, Prof. Shamim Ansari presided over the function while Prof. N.A.K Durrani proposed a vote of thanks. Prof. Afrina Rizvi, Chairperson of the Department of Mass Communication and Dr. Nabi Hassan, University Librarian were also present in the programme. Ramsha Azeem conducted the programme.

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