School of Journalism and Mass Communication organised an onlinepanel discussion on ‘Journalism in Covid Era’ on 13May 2020.
The guest speakers were Mr. Hridayesh Joshi, Mr. Neeraj Gupta and Ms. Priyanka Dubey. The session was moderated by Dean SJMC, K.R. Mangalam University, Prof. Kiran Bala.
Mr. Hridayesh Joshi, Independent Journalist and Writer. He reports widely on current issues mainly on climate change, environment, and energy. He is an author of "Rage of the River - The Untold Story of the Kedarnath Disaster" published by Penguin India.
Mr. Neeraj Gupta is working as the Executive Editor of a prominent multimedia platform The Quint and looks after Quint Hindi. He is among the first lot of journalists who started MoJo (Mobile Journalism) culture in India.
Ms. Priyanka Dubey is a journalist based in Delhi. Her investigative reporting on social justice and human rights has won multiple International and National recognitions which include the 2019 Chameli Devi Jain Award For Outstanding Woman Journalist, the 2015 Knight International Journalism Award, the 2014 Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, the 2013 Red Ink Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism, 2012 Press Council of India Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism and the 2011 Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism.
The session was started by Prof. Kiran Balaby quoting Henry Anatole Grunwald “Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault”. She introduced all the speakers and started the session with an opening discussion on importance of journalism degree. All the speakers emphasised that a degree is mere a linking pin between the industry and every student need to have experience as well.
Mr. Hridayesh Joshi emphasised that students should be multi-talented he also said that ‘every journalist should have idealism to work in industry.’The panel lists also stressed on becoming multi-talented due to changing media structure from conventional to new or social media. Ms. Priyanka also shared her experience of managing family and work she also said “Journalist is a one-man army” with knowledge about every aspect and category. Mr. Neeraj Gupta talked about fake news as poisonous substance which is almost like a bad face of social media. He also said that fake news can be checked using various tools available online as this is going to be a biggest threat in future.