HOWRAH: The Howrah District Unit of the Indian Journalists’ Association successfully organised a workshop for journalism students and up and coming scribes near Amta earlier this month.
The IJA president, Mr. S. Sabanayakan, General Secretary Mr. Sekhar Sengupta, secretary Mr. Dabashis Das, senior journalist Mr. Amit Ukil, local unit president Mr. Shyamal Naskar and Howrah Dist. general secretary Ashis Ghosh spoke on the occasion.
Delivering his keynote address, Mr. Sabanayakan told the audience that print journalism is still alive and active. “People by and large believe in the news appearing in dailies and magazines at a time when visual media has been making a terrific impact in the lives of people. To prolong the life of print media and to curb the influence of social and visual media, print journalists should focus on facts, figures and in depth analysis to keep the readers engaged to their work,” he informed the gathering.
Secretary Debashis Das, who is also the chief reporter of Dainik Statesman, a Bengali daily from the house of The Statesman, focussed his attention on coverage of election news. West Bengal is going to assembly elections later this month.
General Secretary Mr. Sengupta informed the house of IJA’s Centenary celebration plans as the august body will be entering into its 100th year on June 22, 2021. Mr. Ukil spoke on the role of journalists in developing and shaping a society
The students and budding journalists put forward a number of probing questions to the speakers in which the most engrossed session was on how to tackle the spread of fake news.
Mr. Ashis Ghosh proposed a vote of thanks.