Veteran journalist Patil Puttappa has said that despite the media witnessing a sea change, the ideals and values of journalism of an earlier era still hold good.
He was presiding over the Media Day celebrations organised jointly by the Dharwad District Union of Working Journalists (DDUWJ) and the State Information Centre here on Saturday.
“It was because of those ideals and values, the media has maintained credibility. Deviation from those principles may result in loss of credibility,” he said.
Mr. Puttappa said that journalists and newspapers should always take utmost care while publishing reports and ensure that they were in the larger interest of society.
The main duty of the media was to educate people and promote harmonious living in society, he said. The media should take people's aspirations to the government and inform the people what the government was doing for them and what it was not doing, Mr. Puttappa said.
Mr. Puttappa, who was critical about “paid news”, said all major newspapers succumbed to this menace except The Hindu which had still maintained credibility.
Senior journalist Shivanand Joshi said journalism was an ever-learning process and no one could achieve perfection in this field. Journalists should focus on expanding their knowledge base, he said.
Inaugurating the programme, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar underscored the need for media houses, especially those being out vernacular dailies, to rethink over having district-wise editions.
“Because of edition restrictions and limitations, important issues that should reach people across the State are getting restricted only to districts,” he said.
TSR Award winner Mr. Joshi; and Karnataka Media Academy award winners senior journalist Y.N. Joshi, Akashwani Dharwad Director C.U. Bellakki and journalists Raju Nadaf and Anita Pailoor were felicitated on the occasion. DDUWJ president Gopalkrishna Hegde welcomed the gathering and general secretary Gurulingaswamy compered.
Media Day celebrated in Hubli