CPDPS, DMCJ organise seminar on ‘Journalism expectations’

Students who want to be in journalism should start writing during college days, says Senior Journalist Amshi Prasanna Kumar

In memory of young journalist, Haimad Hussain, a seminar with the theme ‘Journal-ism expectations’ was held on Wednesday under the joint auspices of the Centre for Proficiency Development and Placement Services (CPDPS) and Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (DMCJ). Speaking on the occasion, Senior Journalist Am-shi Prasanna Kumar said that journalism as a discipline has grown steadily. “The subject is now being taught at colleges and universities, but more emphasis must be on imparting quality education. Journalism needs to be taught with a broader perspective, being a subject which is based on complete practical exposure it cannot be taught in a classroom. There is a need to readopt the syllabus according to the changing scenario in the field so that it will help the budding students to try and meet the expectations of the media industry,’ he added.

Further he said that “inquisitive and investigative mind, good communication skills, command over language, confidence, enthusiasm, patience and perseverance, the ability to differentiate between fact and fiction, adhering to deadlines, team cohesiveness, sensitivity to different views and lifestyles, in-depth knowledge about various fields such as politics, culture, religion, social and current affairs are important qualities of a good journalist.” Kumar said the most important fact is people generally feel that journalism is all about writing. “It is. However, it is also about reading and most importantly, the ability to express one’s thoughts on varied topics. “Students who want to be in journalism should start writing during college days, cultivate the writing habit and visit printing houses for more exposure,” opined Kumar.

Senior journalist Amshi Prasanna Kumar paid floral tribute to the portrait of Haimad Hussain on Wednesday in the city. Director CPDPS Prof Niranjana Vaanalli, Chairman Department of Studies in Mass Communication and Journalism Dr C K Puttaswamy and journalist M T Shiva Kumar were present.

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