Breaking news race: Ethics compromised

Breaking news race: Ethics compromised

In a race for breaking news, ethics and accuracy generally get compromised, said journalist P Vijay Grover, here, on Thursday.

He was speaking during the inaugural function of a national seminar at St Philomena’s College. He said, there is a debate on the social responsibility of news houses, who delivery news round the clock.

Speaking on social media, which has become the most popular medium for accessing news off late, he said, the synergy of social media and mainstream media has raised several questions. He said, news media is going through a crisis, with news managers finding it difficult to cope with fast changing technology. With hashtags, tickers and real time alerts about various events around the world, social media is getting more popular than conventional media, he said.

“Newspapers took over 50 years to reach 30 crore Indians. Cable television took 20 odd years to reach 30 crore people in India. Internet took 12-15 years to cross the 30 crore mark, but with internet on smartphones the reach is around 23 crore in less than five years,” he said. Social media today, he said, is at least five times bigger than the main stream media.

He said, social media in India has played a crucial role in shaping political and social development.

He said, concepts such as ‘geo-social journalism’ and ‘reciprocal journalism’ has evolved recently. “Programmes like citizen reporter are an example of geo-social journalism where people take up causes through the medium they watch. Reciprocal journalism is the most interesting, as many a times the most sensational footages that we see on air are shot on mobile phones of viewers who share them with the media,” he said.
Social communication technologies have made every person a potential journalist, he

Speaking at one of the sessions, former deputy director of Doordarshan A Chandra Mouli, said, there is a gap between the education imparted at media schools and the skills required to excel in the field.

“Media education is predominantly theory oriented,” he said, stressing on the importance of practical knowledge of journalism. He said, most of the media institues do not even have studios to train students. So, most of the journalism graduates coming out of colleges are not adequately trained.

He said, giving equal importance to theory and practicals is one of the solutions to improve journalism education.

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