DCJ guest experts interact with GK, RK staffers
Srinagar: After conducting technical sessions at Department of Convergent Journalism, Central University of Kashmir, Prof Jyotika Ramaprasad, Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies & Research, University of Miami and Martha Mosha of University of Bostwana also interacted with the editorial staff at two of the leading newspapers published from Srinagar- Greater Kashmir and Rising Kashmir.
During their visits to the two newspaper offices, facilitated by Department of Convergent Journalism, the media experts discussed various pressing issues related to journalism with senior editors and reporters. They were accompanied by DCJ Coordinator, Asif Khan and faculty members Dr John K Babu, Rashid Maqbool and Suhail Ahmad.
Referring to the economic constraints faced by the newspapers and their impact on the editorial policies, Prof Jyotika said the newspaper industry in India is largely dependent on government advertisements “and therefore many a times good journalism becomes the casualty”.
Unlike India, she added, the newspapers in the United States were not dependent on government advertisements and they generate their revenue through print and online subscriptions and private advertisements.
Prof Jyotika also talked about the unique challenges facing journalists in conflict zones like Kashmir.
Referring to the dilemmas of journalists regarding professional ethics and one’s ideology, Prof Jyotika said: “In times of war journalists tend to become patriots and the bias starts creeping in the kind of words a reporter uses while writing his/her story.”
“The challenge is to sustain one’s credibility as a journalist,” she added.
Prof Jyotika underscored the need for having professional communicators in government departments to effectively disseminate information to people.
“Dissemination of information in an effective way on various issues is imperative to reach out to people. For this, government needs to involve communicators in its departments,” she said.
Prof Jyotika also dwelt at length into the prevailing media scenario in the United States and challenges in highlighting several issues confronting people there. “Reporting on health and environmental issues has gained significance as these directly affect people. Our job as communicators is to spread awareness about issues that have the potential to affect our lives,” she said.
She also narrated her personal experience as a researcher working with AIDS patients in Uganda.
Martha Mosha, who teaches online journalism at the University of Botswana, referred to its impact on traditional journalism and ethical standards.
“Given our culture and poor Internet connectivity in Africa we still depend upon the traditional media,” said Martha.
She cited examples of effective communication in dealing with several health issues in Tanzania. “Dissemination of information by right person in a right way to targeted audience is imperative for its effectiveness. This is imperative in raising awareness mostly about health issues,” Martha said.
She also spoke on basics of online journalism with reference to her native country Botswana.
The editors from both the media houses appreciated the initiative of Department of Convergent Journalism, Central University of Kashmir for organizing such purposeful interactions with the experts.