Stating that journalism was a “moral job”, Chairperson of the Business Standard Group T N Ninan on Tuesday advised those who couldn’t stay true to themselves not to become journalists. Ninan, who was Chief Guest at the convocation of the Express Institute of Media Studies (EXIMS), encouraged the students to develop a healthy sense of scepticism, besides learning to be “good insiders and outsiders”.
“Many great editors get feet of clay, so it is always good to have a healthy scepticism, even for your own editors. A good journalist is one who is both a good insider and outsider, so it is important that students work at developing this skill to excel in the field,” he said.
Reminding students to stay grounded, he added, “Don’t assume that the best journalism is done by the mainstream press, and don’t presume one kind of journalism is superior to the other. Often, the media tends to think that it’s different from society, when the truth is, it is reflective of it. It is not by accident that India has a vibrant media, it is a creation of the society.”
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Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express, advised students about the visible threats faced by Indian media on Tuesday. “The biggest threat to news media are not media owners, but mining barons, property holders, crooks and thugs who are holding sway, and because of whom the media is getting compromised. It is a dangerous thing, and one that should be watched out for,” he said.
Thirty-six students, from all over the country, have completed the course this year, the fifth batch since 2010.
This year, Kaunain Sheriff topped the class for outstanding performance in all areas of the course. There was a tie between Suyash Gabriel and Madhurita Goswami for the best all-round student, while the Dean’s prize went to Krishna Uppulury for his “dedication and hard work”.
“Before I came to EXIMS, I held a very different worldview about things. I never thought different people could get together and really work as a team, since in college, everyone stuck to their own groups. But EXIMS taught me that different people can not only get together, but work together to deliver great results,” Gabriel said.
“EXIMS opened me up as a person. It helped me unravel my different layers, and I will always be thankful to the institute for that,” Sheriff said.
EXIMS, an initiative of the Express Group of Publications, started under the guidance of Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express.