Seminar On ‘Media And Social Issues’ Held In GDC Barmaulla

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Baramulla: To develop a better understanding about the role of media towards social issues in prevailing scenario, a daylong seminar with theme ‘Media And Social Issues’ was organized Media Studies Department of Government Degree College Baramulla in collaboration with a weekly newspaper The Legitimate on Saturday.

While addressing the seminar, senior Journalist from Focus News Channel Raman Mamagain, who was chief guest in the seminar on the occasion, hared some inspiring stories about his carrier and termed the human interest stories as the best he has contributed in the journalistic field.

“We have many issues to cover as journalist. But when story has impact on a social life as whole it means lot and one feels satisfied with the job,” said Raman Mamagain who hails from Utrakhand.

He said most a reporter reports work freely and report things as they are, however there are always some pressures from different quarters which need to tackled  from time to time,” Raman said “The good story is one which is social centric and touches the issues of common masses ,” he added.

MS (26)Earlier, while welcoming the guests Principal Degree College Baramulla Mohammed Ashraf  said that with the revolution in the Information Technology with deeply networked communications, role of media is widening with every passing day and these kind of seminars provide us an open podium to exchange varied perceptions and thoughts vis-viz role of media in the present times.

“Media has social responsibility which must be taken into account. I would suggest we must learn by doing things,” he urged upon the media fraternity.

The co-founder of News, Abhinandan, interacted with the students online. He said it is imperative for media to highlight social issues in contemporary era for social issues are being put on backburner

Prof. Tariq Ahmed Chalkoo highlighted the challenges of media and its social responsibilities as social media has drastically impacted over the entire media scenario.

“We have to take into consideration the impact of social media when we talk about social issues and media. Now everyone is journalist but need of the hour to train and aware people about the ethics journalism,’ asserted Prof. Chalkoo.

He said that unfortunately media is sundering before corporatism as recent sale of spurious milk in Kashmir and silence of so called big media house speaks volumes about social responsibility of media in this part of world.

Editor the Legitimate-a weekly newspaper Asem Mohi-ud-din said, “Our organization wants to provide space and opportunity to the media students so that social issues are highlighted in media.”

A large number of students from media studies form GDC Baramulla and students from Anantnag Degree College participated in the seminar.

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