|Social media doing frontline journalism: Talukdar|
SIVASAGAR, March 28 - Addressing a media workshop at Sivasagar Commerce College on Saturday organised by the Sivasagar Press Club, senior journalist and writer Mrinal Talukdar said that it is the social media which acts as the arbiter in the media world today with frontline journalism, while TV and newspapers do only the follow-up journalism. He, however, pointed out a few like Prantik of Pradip Boruah as exceptions. He said that the social media which is taking the 21st century world by storm, creates and un-creates events; builds up or destroys reputations. Talukdar further said that it is interesting as well as concerning that a few people like Ambani or Bill Gates that control the gateway virtually control the entire world through mobiles, internet and 4G. This multi-billion business follows the principle of demand and supply and not ethics of journalism, he added.
Senior journalist Sabita Lahkar, speaking as a resource person said that the print media despite the combined threats of the electronic media and the social media has survived to remain as the vigilant eyes and ears of the society. People still wait for the morning newspaper to find out the hard facts. She expressed concern over continued violence against journalists all over the world and in Assam itself 24 journalists were killed over the last 20 years.
Sheikh Samsher, advocate cautioned the scribes to desist from writing unfounded and exaggerated news matters as it invites legal implications. Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar, Kashyap Joshipura, GM, CC, ONGC, Nazira, Dr Saumerjyoti Mahanta, Principal, Sivasagar Commerce College gave away the certificates to the participants. Earlier, Saradi Gogoi, DIPRO, Sivasagar lit the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the function. Inamul Hazarika, secretary, Sivasagar Press Club, welcomed the guests and said that the workshop is part of the on-going year-long silver jubilee celebrations of the club. About a hundred scribes and students took part in the workshop.