Sunday, December 11, 2011

Media should report unreported India: H.K.Dua

Member of Parliament and former Resident Editor of The Tribune, Mr. H.K. Dua, addressing the students and faculty of  Whistling Woods International School of Communication at Chandigarh, vehemently underlined the media's role to provide adequate coverage of "unreported India".
There are millions of people who are unemployed, starving, and living below the poverty line, whose voice must be reported and covered by both the print and electronic media, he averred.
He lamented the fact that our Parliament, our executive and our judiciary have failed the society and have not been adequately doing justice to the people they represent, and therefore, only option left for them is to go to media, which increases the responsibility of media persons.
"We are accountable to people and we should not betray them", he reiterated. And every journalist's 'dharma' is to maintain credibility by being truthful and report only the facts instead of coloring them with bias.
Jyoti Kamal, bureau head of CNN-IBN in the city however came up with defence for the electronic media saying that even tv channels are providing adequate coverage to the 'unreported India' though it has to strike the balance between what's more demanded by the viewers as established by various baseline surveys and feedback, and the issues that face the common man.
Vivek Atray, former director of public relations and tourism, information technology for UT Administration for many years, however pointed out that looking at the convergence of  technologies the most significant skill set required would be writing appropriate content for diverse media.
CII Chandigarh Council Chairman Vikram Hans pointed out the lack of necessary skill sets amongst fresh pass outs from different institutions that the industry needs, and complimented Whistling Woods for providing students the opportunity to interact with students during their studies.
Dr. Ujjwal Chowdhury, Dean of WWI School of Communication very ably articulated the vision of the School and how the students are being empowered to balance academics with experiential learning.
Somnath Sen, Vice President of WWI, and Maitree Ramaiya provided insight into the film production, and corporate communication respectively.
I had the opportunity to share dais with the stalwart communicators, and it is indeed gratifying that WWI School of Communications has started an MBA in Communication.  This was much needed considering the fact that in any organisation or business, the man, material, machine, and money management is made possible only through effective management of communication for which the country needs experts to strategise.  Public Relations as art and science of managing communication, and as a management function, it can not only  help any organisation improve its brand image but also contribute to its productivity, profitability and convert it into a winning organisation. 
I'm sure the debate that brought together the media people on one platform provided fair idea to the younger generation aspiring to enter into the field of communication, the challenges and opportunities that exist in the field.  Congratulations to WWI for their endeavours.