Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 13:
A sensitization workshop was organized for young media professionals on ‘Emerging concerns of today’s youth and gender sensitive reporting’ here today.
More than 60 budding journalists and faculty from several institutions of journalism and media studies participated in the workshop.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Dr. Deepa Prasad, State Programme Coordinator of (UNFPA) mentioned that media plays an important role in the process of development and social transformation of the society. As media professionals one need to be fully informed about the development context of the state and should be able to stimulate the thinking of young minds through media. This should influence the youth to contribute positively as creators, builders and leaders of the society. Dr. Deepa also spoke of media’s crucial role in instilling gender sensitivity in the minds of the viewer or reader and in upholding dignity of women through media.
“The journalists need to have a basic understanding of the development context of the state and the country and be ethical and responsible in the stories covered. Journalism should not be constructive but facilitate the public to be reflective,” Sampad Mahapatra, Editor of Odia daily Nitidin and former correspondent with NDTV emphasized.
Gourahari Das, Editor (Feature) Sambad and Katha, said that reporting should be balanced and the dictum do no harm that applies to the medical professionals should also hold good for journalism. He said there is a need to analyze each story on its repercussions and impact on the minds of people, particularly women and girls, and cited examples from recent news reports.
News anchor Itishree Nayak, discussed about gender sensitivity in journalism and said how gender sensitivity must be practiced in a much larger context including at home, the work place and the way one deals with colleagues. Media has taken a very important space even within ones family and the discussions and behaviors within families are highly influenced by media messages. As we are conditioned in a certain way in the society, efforts have to be made by media to change the stereotypical mindsets, and consider dignity of women in all media forms including the way women are portrayed, she said.
The workshop was organized in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) where students from 11 leading media schools of Odisha participated in it.