Media should carry out its responsibility of providing factual information to the readers: Harikesh Meena

Deputy Commissioner said that Media has a meaningful role towards social concerns, seminar organized on National Press Day

Hamirpur, 16 November. On the occasion of National Press Day, a seminar was organized under joint aegis of Information and Public Relations Department and District Administration at Hamir Bhawan here today under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Mr. Harikesh Meena. It was attended by representatives of various newspapers and electronic media located at the district headquarters and had a brief discussion on the topic “Reporting-Interpretation: A Journey” suggested by the Press Council of India.

Shri Harikesh Meena wished the press personnel on behalf of the media personnel present and the district administration. He said that the field of reporting has undergone extensive changes from the earliest period of journalism to the present and from time to time it has also faced various challenges. All of you are well aware of how difficult or challenging this journey has been. As a result of the rapid changes in the field of information and communication technology, there has also been a huge increase in the means of information exchange. In such a situation, journalism, which has been considered the fourth pillar of democracy, has diversified, which has increased the responsibility of journalists even more.

He said that in this changing era, readers are now able to receive news with one click and they do not have to wait to read or watch the news. In such a situation, it has become necessary for media personnel to fulfill their obligation to deliver factual information to the readers using the latest communication technologies. Avoid yellow journalism and set high standards in every field of journalism.

The Deputy Commissioner said that any democracy is strong as long as journalism plays its meaningful role towards social concerns. Therefore, the purpose of meaningful journalism is to play an important link between the government and society. He expressed confidence that the discussions held here today will yield better results and that all media personnel of Hamirpur district will discharge their duties well, coordinating with the rapid changes in the field of reporting.

Participating in the discussion, Mr. Dinesh Kanwar, senior journalist of The Tribune said that today we are working on a multi-media platform and this has accelerated news execution. The journalist is wandering under the immense flow of information and pressure to transmit information first. He said that working in all fields has its own specialties and challenges. Consistent with all this, fact-based reporting is the need of the hour. He said that in terms of reporting any information or incident, its interpretation depends on the intelligence and thinking of the individual. In some cases, journalists also face difficulties in finding out the side of government and administration.

Senior journalist of Dainik Bhaskar, Shri Vikram Dhatwalia said that with the changing times, journalism has also seen

many steps. Earlier, news had to be collected in the field for many days and there were many difficulties in dispatching it with black and white photographs. Today, journalism has been reduced to offices in a way and it has become difficult to differentiate between number and quality in the era of e-mail, social media. Reporting is also being done to fill pages in newspapers. He warned that if media workers forget the definition of journalism, then the problems will also increase. In this case, during reporting your facts should be accurate and the choice of words should also be balanced.