Day 1 of #MediaNext 2020 sees congregation of top journalists

The conclave is being organized in association with Sharda University, Birla Global University, DME, AIMEC, Lok Samvad Sansthan, exchange4media, ABP Education and IndiaReal

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jun 2, 2020 1:18 PM

#MediaNext 2020, organized by the Kolkata-based Adamas University, saw top journalists from across the country share their insights on the first day of the digital media fest that concentrated on digital journalism.

The speakers for the day included stalwarts like Ramon Magsaysay awardee and internationally acclaimed scribe P Sainath; Ashutosh, the former Editor of IBN7; B V Rao, the Group Editor of TV9 Network; Anjan Bandyopadhyay, the Editor of Anandabazar Patrika Digital; Chetan Sharma, the Founding CEO and Editorial Director of India Ahead; and Anto T Joseph, the former Managing Editor of DNA.

The conclave is being organized in association with Sharda University, Birla Global University, DME, AIMEC, Lok Samvad Sansthan, exchange4media, ABP Education and IndiaReal. It is being held over a period of 10 days from June 1, 2020 to June 10, 2020.

 Each day of the conclave focuses on one specialized domain of the Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on that specific domain.

Anjan Bandyopadhyay, one of the iconic names in Bengali journalism, was the first speaker for the day. He started the proceedings reiterating the importance of quality content. He expressed the opinion that the ground rules of journalism remain the same irrespective of the medium or the platform. He added that while print media is one-dimensional in its communicative aspect, digital media is interactive and has practically brought in a revolution.

Bandyopadhyay said, “While social media has become the primary news source, this trend has given rise to some serious implications. Post truth and fake news constitute some such implications.”

He emphatically iterated that the primary role of a journalist is to show the truth in a sea of information while differentiating news from information. He emphasized on attaching a lot of importance on the prospective audiences as they are well-informed and just needs a perspective.

Anto T Joseph made a categorical comparison between the condition of newspapers before and after the pandemic.

Joseph was also very upbeat about the future of digital journalism. He opined that digital is indeed the way forward for news organizations to survive and stay relevant. However, he also iterated that the skills that determine journalism remain the same.

 Joseph also stressed on the importance of photojournalism and said that news photographs should be given greater visibility.

 Chetan Sharma also spoke about the subtle and no so subtle differences between fake news and unsubstantiated news. While unsubstantiated news could result from ignorance, fake news always has a motive associated with it. He stressed on the primacy of logic and common sense in journalism.

 Sharma also spoke about the dichotomy of facts versus fiction and opined that it is extremely important to form a rapport with one’s target audience. He emphasized on understanding the advertising aspect of news.

 Ashutosh started his discourse by pointing out how technology has changed the basic shape of journalism.

The last speaker in the fray was B V Rao who has been one of the true multiplatform journalists in India. He started his presentation by pointing out how Firstpost grew to be the first true digital news platform of the country. He also gave a brief idea about the journey of the TV9 network.

Rao said, “Fairness is the most important thing in journalism.” He also stressed on the fact that storytelling remains the primary criterion in journalism irrespective of the medium.

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