The face and nature of journalism will soon change: Shashi Shekhar, Hindustan Group

The Editor-in-Chief of Hindustan Media Group said that journalism has the power that can force governments to change decisions

e4m by Abhishek Mehrotra
Updated: Aug 28, 2018 8:58 AM

Technology is fast changing our world and it will soon change the very face and nature of journalism, said Shashi Shekhar, Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan Media Group, while addressing students of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication in Noida last week.

He was the chief guest at the event organised by the university to welcome their new students. Interacting with the freshers, Shekhar explained them the nuances and challenges of present-day journalism.

Here are the edited excerpts of what Shekhar told students at the event:

Do remember your past but keep moving forward
I used to work for a newspaper in the 1980s. In that office, there were some people who had worked with well-known journalist Baburao Vishnu Paradkar. These colleagues would constantly talk about Paradkar. Watching this, I explained to them that they should not hold on to their past, and instead move forward. One should always think about the future and keep moving ahead in life.

Face & nature of journalism will soon change
I believe that technology has always opened new doors of opportunity for youngsters. Today, technology is fast changing our world and it will soon change the very face and nature of journalism. Media organisations are no longer functioning the way they used to. The number of jobs in these organisations is gradually decreasing.

Soon, you will be completely dependent on mobile phones. You will have a camera and techniques to edit (on your phone) and you will be able to cover stories while on the go. You all should get used to new technologies. The faster you do this, the more opportunities you will find in life.

‘Market’ is not a bad thing
‘Market’ or ‘commercialisation’ are often portrayed as a bad thing. But I think it is not right. Today, ‘market’ is a reality and we cannot turn our backs to it.

Social media support
Journalists often face resistance while trying to fight evils of society. But if you keep moving forward with determination, you will get support from thousands of people on social media through their ‘likes’ and ‘comments’.

You are known by your work
These days, journalism has come to be associated with glamour. Actually, journalism cannot be equated with popularity or position. These things are temporary. The reality is that journalists are only known by their work.

Good journalism can force government to change decisions
A good report can force government to change decisions. For example, during the war between the US and Vietnam (in the '70s), one of the American newspapers published a photo of an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl running without clothes on the road with bomb blasts happening in the background. The photo touched the hearts of Americans and immediately changed the anti-Vietnam feeling in the country. And the American government soon decided to end the war.

Shekhar ended his address by saying that ultimately, humanity should be the biggest component of journalism.

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