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BBC’s Riyaz Masroor talks on media ethics in digital age and more

Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Govt. College for Women, M.A. Road, Srinagar held an interaction session with senior journalist Mr. Riyaz Masroor on June 01, 2024 (Saturday).

Mr. Masroor is currently working as J&K correspondent for BBC World Service. Though the session was titled ‘Media Ethics in Digital Age’, it covered several others aspects related to the profession including the ethical challenges and career opportunities. Mr. Masroor answered the queries of the students in an engrossing interaction session.

Citing the nature of challenges posed by use of technology in media industry, he shared valuable tips with students to uphold the journalistic ethics at all times.

Mr. Masroor shared his journey as a journalist which started with a local Urdu daily before he went on to oversee the launch of major news ventures in Srinagar. He shared how his yearning to learn the craft of journalism and use of technology opened avenues for him.

In response to a question, Mr. Masroor referred to the license-fee based revenue model followed by BBC and how it helps in editorial independence. He shared how BBC prioritizes the safety of staff unlike some organizations.

He shared some interesting anecdotes from his professional career while stressing on the need to constantly learn and improve.

Mr. Masroor spoke extensively about the opportunities and challenges in contemporary media industry. He called on the students to ensure accuracy and fairness in their news reports through proper attribution and verification of information.

Besides working with BBC, he has been closely associated with leading local newspapers including Greater Kashmir, Kashmir Uzma and Rising Kashmir in important editorial and administrative positions.

Incharge Principal and HOD Chemistry, Prof. Safiya Khalil presented a memento to the guest. Dean Arts and HOD English, Prof. Rubeena Khateeb, HOD Physics, Prof. Sameena, HOD Political Science, Prof. Mahbooba, HOD IMCA, Prof. Rouf and HOD Environmental Sciences, Prof. Asiya were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, Head, Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, Dr. Suhail Ahmad briefed the audience about the work and experience of the guest speaker. He said the aim of organizing regular interactions with senior media practitioners is to acquaint students with important tips of the profession and motivate them to work earnestly in pursuit of a successful career.

The session was attended by students from PG, IG and UG batches of semesters 2, 4 and 6- currently enrolled at the department.

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