|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Jun 6: Amid COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the Media Cell of the Central University of Jammu on Saturday organized a webinar on the topic “Journalism in J&K and Challenges of Covid-19”.
The webinar was chaired by Prof. Ashok Aima, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Jammu and the welcome address was given by Prof. Govind Singh Head of the Department of Mass Communication and New Media, CUJ.
Discussion on various issues including Journalism in J&K opportunities and challenges, Covid 19 pandemic and crisis of fake news circulation, Covid Pandemic vs Infodemic, crisis of free voice in J&K, Information Dependency: Public Service Broadcasting vs Private Information Sources in J&K, Lack of stress to address regional issues / developmental issues in J&K media, vulnerability of safety measures as well as job security for the media persons amid Covid 19 pandemic.
The webinar also discussed the urgent need to create one Capacity Building Media Center, wherein budding journalists would be trained by eminent journalists, to handle new information platforms to curb the fake news pandemic.
Dr. Bachha Babu, Nodal Officer, Media Cell & Senior Assistant Professor, Dept Of Mass Communication & New Media,Central University of Jammu was convenor of the webinar.
The senior journalists who participated in the Webinar include SP Sharma, The Statesman, Neha Jalali, Dy Director Press Information Bureau, R K Raina, Dy Director (News) DD&AIR, J&K, Abhimanyu Sharma, Editor DAINIK Jagran ,Pradeep Dutta, Senior Editor Times Now, Sanjit Khajuria Ex-Dy Director DD News, Ashwani Kumar ex Bureau Chief Aaj Tak, J&K, Manu Shrivastava, Freelance Journalist, Dinesh Manhotra, Principal Correspondent The Tribune, Bavender Vashist Resident Editor Amarujala, Journalism Students and Scholar from CUJ, IIMC, Jammu and University of Kashmir participated in the three hours long online video conference.