Thursday, September 12, 2013

Left or Right?

Objectivity in journalism is a lost concept. The way we see news and even facts have changed drastically over time. In this highly subjective media scenario, party-owned newspapers are the most biased, or heavily biased, to borrow a term from solid-state electronics.

Every news is twisted, tilted, or blown out of proportion. Every grain of truth is slanted, till the whole news shifts to left or right, according to the political party associated with the paper. While it is okay for a newspaper to have a perspective, red or saffron or green tinted glasses are an absolute no-no in journalism.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Should journalists have a minimum qualification?

Should journalists have a minimum qualification? Isn’t a nose for news enough? These are the questions “professional journalists” are facing today, especially from the citizen-journalists. The popular answer would be, “Sure, anyone can be a journalist.” But in reality, this is far from the truth.

There is no law regarding minimum qualification for journalists. There is not a universal definition for a journalist. There is not even a definition for news. The “man-biting-dog-makes-news” is no longer valid. So in this chaos, why should anyone insist on a qualified journalist?