After reading some letters debating Justice Markandey Katju’s move of setting up a committee to determine a minimum qualification for journalists, I find there is a communication gap somewhere. Justice Katju’s view does not undermine the value of learning on the job because that is inevitable. The question is: Should journalists share their experience in a systematic manner through a formal course or let new entrants repeat the mistakes they made? If the field is everything, can all educational institutions be closed? Professional training (including professional ethics) is important. Untrained journalists of my generation often create nuisance, and fail to appreciate sensitive situations.
Journalism today leaves much to be desired. Newspapers and television news channels are interested only in masaledar chatpati khabren (spicy news). It is truly a cause for concern.
Justice Katju’s suggestion is welcome because journalists with some qualification can come into the profession with basic knowledge and confidence. They can improve their skills, instead of learning through trial and error methods. Formal training in any field is fruitful.
Rameeza A. Rasheed,