Staff Reporter

Some 100 delegates from within the State and outside are expected to participate

GUNTUR: The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Acharya Nagarjuna University will organise a national seminar on Development Journalism and Media Ethics on March 30 and 31 at the seminar hall in Diechmann Auditorum on the university campus by inviting papers from working journalists and academicians.

At a press conference held here on Monday, the department Coordinator A. Subrahmanyam said that while Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anam Ramnarayana Reddy will be the chief guest at the inaugural on Sunday, other prominent journalists taking part in the two-day semianr were TV9 editor-in-chief Ravi Prakash, Mallepalli Lakshmaiah and Sreeramachandra Murthy of T Channel, B.T. Govinda Reddy of Zee News, S. Nagesh Kumar of The Hindu, Satish Chandra of Praja, and veteran journalist C. Raghavachari.

About 100 delegates from within the State and outside are expected to participate in the seminar with many from other states already confirming their participation in the two-day seminar.

Some of them would participate from Aurangabad and Nagpur in Maharashtra, Bangalore and Orissa.

He has requested the working journalists from all over Andhra Pradesh to take part and present their experiences to make the seminar meaningful. Increasing importance of the Fourth Estate, particularly after the explosion of the electronic media, the competition for ratings, the so called sting operations – raise important questions of ethics in journalism.

Similarly the development paradigm so far advocated and implemented has raised fundamental questions of its relevance in the present-day globalised economy, as well as the problems posed by the development. In this context it is necessary to have a re-look at the very concept of development journalism and media ethics, he said.

Some of the sub-themes on which papers would be presented are Impact of globalization on agriculturists, media coverage of agriculture subsidies, waiver of agriculture loans, welfare schemes vis-À-vis beneficiaries, Lop-sided development; urban-rural divide, industry, export processing zones, agriculture and patenting of seeds, economy, education, health, Freedom of working journalists vis-a-vis media house policies, Editors and journalists falling prey to corporatisation, Yellow journalism, Publicly unacceptable photographs and advertisements, Media laws & Ethics