'Inculcate empathy and sensibility'

Veteran scribe Vasanthi Hariprakash said that empathy and sensibility is the essential ingredients to be inculcated for any aspiring journalist.

Speaking after inaugurating the three day Article-19, the annual core communication fest of the School of Communication (SOC), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Vasanthi said that one should be able to connect with the person with whom the conversation is going on, as the roots of every individual is essential. It is a most powerful connector. Empathy gives an opportunity with inspirational overload.

Delivering a talk on 'skills that media professionals should possess", Vasanthi Hariprakash, who has replete experience in the field of journalism, radio-jockeying, and media hosting, among other areas of expertise, provided an insightful glimpse into a world of professionalism, drawing in from the rhetoric of her own experiences. She opined sensibility and sensitivity are the other characters, along with hard work and sincerety, which would lead towards confidence gaining. She also urged the students to be engaged on social media and keep the debate alive, although they may not agree with the opinions posted, she said.

The second half of the proceedings unfurled with a talk by renowned journalist and researcher Rajeev Bhattacharya. Rajeev, drew from his years of experience of observing the Northeast and India's neighbouring countries in its concomitant geography to explain the conditions of reportage and challenges faced by the journalists in the zone.

Simultaneously, delegates flaunted their oratory communication skills in a series of competitions, flagged under the segment name-Oratorian. Article-19 also inter-weaved fun and frolic into the day with activities like 'Pictionary' and 'Twister' to keep the attendees entertained.

The day concluded with a refreshing performing arts segment called 'Alt Enter' and hopes that the same liveliness carries itself forward tomorrow. The next two days are filled with lively cultural and competitive activities and engaging insights, featuring talks by experts from different media and communication domain, including award-winning director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, better known for his heart-wrenching film, Pink.

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