“A good journalist should understand the pain and suffering of a common man and must respond in time, as journalists are basically social workers,” said N Raju, President of Karnataka State Working Journalists Association, Bengaluru.
He was delivering inaugural address of a media convention on ‘Society and Mass Media’ organised by Brahmakumaris, Mysuru at ‘Gyan Sarovar’ complex, Hunsur Road. The convention was attended by 160 media delegates from five districts.
He said: “Today you need a degree to be a journalist, but it is possible to be a mature journalist even without a degree. Brahmakumaris are serving the society selflessly. They have organised this programme which the Media Academy and the Association should have arranged.”
The Chairperson of The Media Wing of Brahmakumaris B K Karunaji said: “News is now in the fist of journalists. Even then, the journalist has to update his knowledge every now and then. If you participate in a media conference arranged at Mount Abu you can experience the skill of mingling spirituality with journalism.”
“Even Mahatma Gandhi was a journalist and published newspaper through which he could share his sentiments with the public. Even a citizen can become a journalist by sending news and photos through social media. But a good journalist will use his wisdom before publishing any news” opined, K Deepak, President of Mysore District Journalists.
In the convention, journalists from five districts were honoured for their contribution to the profession. N M Mahadeva, Sub Editor of ‘Mysooru Mithra’ from Mysuru, Akram Pasha of ‘Vijayavani’ from Talakadu, N V Kumar, Editor of ‘Pouravani’ from Mandya and Manu Shenoy, Editor of ‘Kodagu Samachar’ from Virajpet were feted.