The growth of media in India came under the scanner at the seminar titled ‘Growth of Journalism: Opportunities and Challenges’, held in Lucknow on July 19, 2010. Organised by samachar4media, the Hindi website from the exchange4media Group, the seminar discussed ways to take the Indian journalism to the world stage.
Eminent media personalities, who took part in the discussions, included Pankaj Pachauri, Managing Editor, NDTV; Punya Prasoon Vajpayee, Consulting Editor Zee News; Shashank Shekhar Tripathi, Regional Editor, Dainik Jagran, Lucknow; and Anurag Batra, Editor-in-Chief and Chairman, exchange4media Group. Prasoon Bajpai moderated the session, which was sponsored by Sahara India.
Prasoon Bajpai commenced the discussion by observing that he did not feel that media was expanding, rather, it was shrinking. “What is expanding is merely the word ‘media’, journalism has been left far behind,” he said, adding, “However, if media were to expand, it will benefit the country and its image.”
Managing Editor, NDTV, Pankaj Pachauri compared the topic ‘Growth of Journalism: Opportunities and Challenges’ to his own journalistic career, thereby enunciating the expansion of media. Talking about the present media senario, he recalled that the of Indian media wasn’t the same in 1984, and it were, he wouldn’t have to leave Lucknow. He was nostalgic circa 1980’s and said that the parking of the press club and the coffee house, bore a deserted look . There used to be the same four cars outside the Delhi Press Club, seeing which, he could tell who were sitting inside. Today, he said, forget the Delhi Press Club, even parking cars in Lucknow Press Club, appears to be a distant dream. This is the kind of media expansion, I have seen during my career, added Pachauri.
The editor of Dainik Jagaran, Luknow, Shashank Shekhar Tripathi said that the biggest challenge before the media today that it is stifled by capital. Large part of the country's GDP is taken by a particular class, unless a system of equitable distribution is not formed everyone will faces challenges, and media cannot escape the brunt of it.
Anurag Batra, editor-in-chief exchange4media group's said that in digital media has given media a chance to grow. He also said that in future web journalism and DTH, will overpower other modes of journalism because today, people want to be in touch with various places at one time. This is not possible through print and electronic.
A number of program local journalists, media and other dignitaries attended the program and asked questions, which the speakers comprehensively answered. Finally, on behalf of smachar4media, all the speakers were felicitated.