Educating Future Journalists

Don’t shelf a dream

This past week was a busy one. But who cares when you get to live out a long awaited dream? It was around fall last year when the thought of teaching journalism crossed my mind. I had made a memorable foreign reporting trip that summer to India with a group of J-school students from Stony Brook University and thoroughly enjoyed mentoring and learning from these young minds.

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J-school students from Stony Brook University visited Bengaluru, India to report on the city. Check out more here

So, when life began to do what it does best, change, the notion of possibly contributing back into education featured on my many ‘things to do’ list. Timing is crucial for any dreamer.

Friday, July 15 was the day I got to sit in on an orientation that welcomed a new batch of future journalists who’d be attending class at the National School of Journalism. There were renowned names among the teaching staff for the batch of 2016-17. Among those were editors, commentators, best-selling authors and personalities within the journalism fraternity.

IMG_2813[1]I heard veteran journalist and founder of Bhasha News Media, Saswati Chakravarty extemporize about the challenges in journalism.  Just hours before her brief talk, the world had woken up to the tragic news of a truck driver that mowed down by-standers at a Bastille Day celebration in the holiday town of Nice, France.  Chakravarty didn’t miss her point about the reality of a de-globalized world. “The world is getting insular…leading to identity politics,” she said, while putting the breaking news of the day into perspective.

Journalism is like the human skull- its job is to protect the brain—the reporters who work among others and on their own, firing away perpetually on the issues that go beyond the headlines.

The world is grappling with a media monster- having a voracious appetite for the sensational, shocking and shallow reaches for the race we call humanity.

The change begins now.

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