BANGALORE: “The real challenge for young journalists today is the ethical challenge,” said Rajdeep Sardesai, president of the Editors' Guild of India and Editor-in-Chief IBN 18 Network, addressing students at the annual convocation of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM). If you can measure up to this challenge, you can find a way of changing the profession, he added.
Mr. Sardesai said that we live in an era of sensationalism where “people like me, who should be giving you the right information are under pressure to hype up the information”. “During this process they [young journalists] forget what is right and wrong. It is imperative to respect the individuals, their privacy and most important the story should be accurate. More often television channels use words like “first on”, “exclusive”, which have no meaning. Getting the story right is very important,” he said.
Dr. Abraham M. George, Dean of IIJNM, said: “Don't be afraid to challenge the politicians and bureaucrats. Don't be note-takers because, as a journalist, you have the right to question them. Make sure your report has the right information, is balanced and unbiased.”
Mr. Sardesai presented the special awards of Roll of Distinction to students. Akhila Premachandran received the Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Student Award and Parimal Vijay S. received the Outstanding Print and Online Journalism Student Award.