Sankarshan Thakur made bold comments on the current state of journalism in the master class

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Sankarshan Thakur

Indore News : In the present era, the definition of journalism has changed. Today, the era of one-sided dialogue has come, in which whatever the people sitting in power say, the journalists print or show it as it is, while the work of journalism is to ask questions to the power, irrespective of the party. Sankarshan Thakur, National Affairs Editor of ‘The Telegraph’, who is counted among the most important editors of the country, said this in the form of a learned speaker of the two-day master class ‘Khabar Ke Khabarchi’ organized by the State Press Club, Madhya Pradesh.

Thakur expressed regret that the era of one-sided dialogue has been accepted by journalists to a large extent. A large number of journalists today have become like spokespersons of parties or leaders. Printing what is said by the leader or party is stenography, not journalism.

He said that in the same way, citizen journalism is also not entirely appropriate, because the job of a journalist is also fact checking, context and inclusion of past events etc. Journalism is a lifestyle. Giving information is a responsible act and any blunder can have consequences and has come to the fore in the past as well.

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Thakur said that the current TV journalism almost presents a fish market-like scene, in which anchors make two parties fight. Access journalism or journalism having access to any authority has changed the meaning of journalism. He questioned that why should any journalist be afraid of not meeting the leader? No one asked the media institutions to become the Bhopu of the government, but they themselves have surrendered.

He also expressed sorrow for the fact that apart from elections, the reporting of villages and small towns has completely stopped these days. Reporters of print media are making news by watching from TV and while doing so, they are hitting their own feet, because there is a lot of news in and around the eye of the camera. For many years, the entire journalism of Sari has remained confined around selected leaders and their worn out statements.

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The situation is such that it seems that if a few years old statement is reprinted then people will feel that it is also from today. In the context of balance or balanced journalism, he said that if one party said that it is raining outside and the other said that it is sunny outside, then publishing balanced statements of both is not journalism. Rather it is the job of a journalist to go out and see whether it is sunny or raining and then expose that truth.

Thakur said that journalists should check their facts very carefully and avoid any unnecessary trouble, because nowadays cases are filed very quickly. Yes, if a lawsuit comes while walking on the path of truth, then there is no need to be bothered by them, but for that it is necessary that the journalists themselves keep their backs clean and do not take advantage of their proximity to power.

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The master class was conducted by Alok Bajpai, a versatile cultural worker and journalist. Initially President of State Press Club, Madhya Pradesh Praveen Kumar Khariwal, Patron Sanjeev Acharya, Rachna Johri, Dr. RK Jain, Neha Jain, Sudesh Gupta, Ayushi Chawla welcomed Sankarshan Thakur. The welcome address was given by senior journalist Sanjeev Acharya. Before the program, the disciple of Ms. Pallavi Sharma of Mudra Dance Group presented attractive Ganesh Vandana. A large number of media persons of Indore-Ujjain division were present in the programme. In the master class, on the second day at 11.00 am in Abhinav Kala Samaj Auditorium, a discussion session has been held on various dimensions of journalism and expectations from the society.

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