Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Condemning the growing popularity of ‘cut and paste’ reporting, a faculty member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration Sushma Yadav on Thursday said journalists should have their own style.

Addressing the students at a meeting conducted by New Gandhian Studies Centre and Department of Journalism and Mass Communication in Andhra University on ‘Gandhian Values and Modern Journalism,’ she observed that honesty and integrity was missing somewhere in the profession and called for reflecting the truth in people’s language by drawing lessons from the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. She said Gandhiji through his articles in ‘Harijan’, ‘Young India’ and other periodicals used to awaken the people on fighting against the foreign rule. She said journalists should have professional commitment and work with a mission. They should always remember that truth would sensitise the people thereby acting as catalyst for change in society.

Admitting that the market forces were calling the shots in the post-globalisation phase, she said the budding journalists could make a difference by opting for objective reporting and shunning yellow journalism.

Presiding over the meeting Head of Journalism Department D.V. R Murthy said Gandhiji was a development journalist par excellence and had highlighted several social evils effectively through his writings. A.B.S.V. Ranga Rao, Coordinator of the Centre was also present