'Put journalism back on track'

Addressing the Graduating class of Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM), Sardesai here on Saturday, Sardesai termed the contemporary journalism as ‘journalism of shortcuts.’ 

“It is a journalism of who got it first and not who got it right. Get the story right and it didn't matter if it is ten minutes late. It is unfortunate, that we live in an era of sensationalism where people like me, who should be giving you the right information, are under pressure to hype up the information,” he said. Sardesai noted that more media does not necessarily mean better media. He also condemned the media for declaring people guilty even before any court declared them so.

Observing that the real problem lies with the people at the top who compromise with the ideals they themselves had set, Sardesai said they forget to tell the fresher about privacy and telling the story as they see it. He called upon the young journalist to ‘put the profession back on track.’

IIJNM Dean Abraham M George urged students to report  the truth, to be impartial and balanced. Seventy-six students graduated this year. Akhila Premachandran and Parimal Vijay S S  were adjourned as the outstanding broadcasting and print student respectively.

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