Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, Feb 22 (UNI) The country's Mass Media is at crossroads today and so are journalists, caught in the spiraling web of electronic and online journalism, Digambar Jain Mutt Pontiff Swasthishri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji opined today.
Speaking at the three-day 62nd National Convention of Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ), he said ''Working in the media has become more glamorous and thereby a lot more shallow, owing to increasing competition and race for breaking news.'' He said conventional journalism, where the printed the word was truth personified, had suffered a dent. With the TV channels and print media jostling each other for space and advertisement revenue, job security for professional journalists has decreased. Contract system has come into existence and so as the hire and fire syndrome.
On the flip side, lack of proper training and acclimatisation, had resulted in erosion of values and professional ethics, he added.
Exuding confidence that the convention would address all these issues, the Swamiji said the world had become a lot smaller owing to communication revolution brought in by the strides achieved by science.
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