All Sessions, Speakers Report of Talk Journalism in Jaipur by Swastika Shruti

All Sessions, Speakers Report of Talk Journalism in Jaipur by Swastika Shruti

Jaipur, 2019: With the passage of time the enhancement of journalism has been losing  it’s  credibility as there is only a  handful of people left with faith on journalist. So holding this as an matter of concern, a platform of Talk Journalism was provided for the upcoming journalist to get aware with the facts of what are the challenges to be faced in this career.  Talk journalism is the biggest media festival held for the sixth time in Jaipur at hotel Fairmount.  Mass communication students from various parts of the country  came forth in participating to this festival. 
 It was a three day session (20-22nd sept) which had it’s beginning with a blast having  Shashi Tharoor on the stage holding the first session on “shrinking space on decent”. He advocated the need for decent in the political parties.
He was saddened by the fact that journalists like journalists like Punya Prasun Bajpai, Barkha Dutt and Karan Thapar do not have their TV shows  anymore. The question is whether there is space for journalists, or for that matter people have a say against the government?
“We share this right with 1.2 billion people. And being asked to leave when we exercise this right..” Dr Tharoor then lured into a disappointed murmur.

There were several other topics like, ‘Is sports journalism more placid than political journalism’ addressed by Ayaz Memon, Mihir Vasavda, Navneet Mundra and Sharda Ugra. Followed by the authors of  ‘Vultures Feast’  , ‘Caste in Newsroom’, ‘the language of journalism’, ‘Khul ke bol’, ‘State of satire with Cyrus Broacha’, and a workshop of creative writing’ with Roshini Rajaram.
“Good writing isn’t about using heavy vocabulary, it’s about using the correct words”, says Roshini Rajaram on her workshop.  And this brings all to the sessions of day one to an end.
Day 2:
This time with more enthusiasm and energy students gathered for the sessions and the centre of attraction of this session was the 2019 Magsaysay award for journalism, Ravish Kumar addressed the session of ‘Speaking truth to power’, with Eugene Robinson- American columnist. It was no surprise that when Ravish was at the ball room area, he was swarmed by an excited crowed of students wanting to have selfies and pictures.   
“mujhe puraskar mila aur mere shehar ke kisi akhbaro ne iss khabar ko nahi chapa….. kya ishi bharat ki kalpana kit hi humne….. hum bol  hi to rahe hai na.. sun lijiye”, says Ravish. He drags everyone’s view towards the issues that are not being discussed and the propaganda of  diverting  one’s concentration to other topics.
Apart from this it also endorsed with sessions holding topics like ‘tackling fake news in facebook’- by Tushar Barot, ‘ Immersive storytelling’ -  Chintan, Tom Millen, Vikas Pandey, ‘Significance of regional media’- Jagdish Chandra, ‘Perils of being an editor’ – Ritu, Siddhartha, Srinivasan Jain, ‘ Why beyond TV’- Akash Banerjee.
The sessions on the second day seemed interconnected as it all concluded with a perception dwelling towards social media as even Ravish Kumar  stated seeing the fact that slowly with newspapers  television have started losing it’s credibility  which is taking the people into social media.
Day 3:

With the media students enthusiastically participating in the talk journalism and trying to come out with the solutions  on queries to media, the final day led the students come across Instagram workshop by Tithi Sharma; The struggles of a photo journalist by bhagirath, Suman ; Women in newsroom  addressed by Deepali Trivedi, Marya Shakil, Sharanya Gopinathan, Prerna Sahani, Nistula Hebbar; NRC and Statelessness by Rohini Mohan, Arijit Sen, Suraj Gogoi; Dateline Kashmir by Prafulla Ketkar, Praveen Dhonti and Rajesh Raina.
The session of Dateline Kashmir and Women in newsroom seemed controversial as what Deepali Trivedi said that it takes a women  20 years compared to men  to reach a renowned level, so the discrimination still exists . This was then countered and disagreed  by Sharanya Gopinathan  and stated that women are free to  come up and display their talents and if they are at the level to stand no doubt there can be counter females in the field.

The conversations continues and all get opportunities to place their views . This came to an end of 6th  edition of Talk Journalism, felicitating  the winning members and the participants taking the event to success.
It was not only a talk for journalism but also a platform for media students to come up and practice their profession, as reporting, videography, interviewing, meeting great media personalities and many endless activities. This three day festival assured the future journalist to come up again in the next edition with more enhancement and terminologies.

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