Kullu media workshop seeks focus on rural reporting

Kullu: Urban issues pre-dominating the debate in media columns around the country, a small media workshop ‘Vartalap’ held here raised the issue about rural reporting for much of the nation’s populace lives in the countryside and their voice seldom finds voice in the media.

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Main speaker, senior journalist Daya Shankar Shukl Sagar spoke about importance of reporting in rural areas. “

If a reporter is able to bring out the true picture in rural area, he is acting as an catalyst in accelerating the development process,” said Daya Shankar.

Dr. P.K. Nayar, Dean of Journalism and Mass communication at Central University Dharmshala in his address highlighted the importance of new media in the current times.

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Rajender Singh, regional directory of Press Information Bureau, (PIB) Chandigarh spoke about the role of PIB in dissemination of government information to the people.

Media as the fourth pillar of democracy has its importance and about 80% of the news reported on a daily basis is related to government policies and programs which is provided by government agencies in which PIB plays a vital role,” said Singh.

Dr Anurag Linda pointed out about the importance of media during disaster management.

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Hans Raj Chauhan, the newly appointed deputy commissioner of Kullu while presiding over the function, appreciated the role of media in a developing society.

“New communication technologies have enhanced the capabilities of media. It is working as a link between the public and the government, which is really praiseworthy,” said Chauhan.

The day long workshop was organised on Tuesday (23.2.2016) by PIB, Shimla, which saw an active participation from print, electronic and online media persons.

Dhanesh Gautam, president of Kullu Press Club in his concluding remarks said that such workshops are a time when journalists gets to introspect on the state of media and gain from it.

A theater artist, a script writer and a TV anchor, news is something that grips Renuka. She lives in Kullu.

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