“You can crush a man with journalism.” - William Randolph Hearst
Final year media students specializing in Print and Online Journalism organized a seminar titled, ‘Let’s Make News’ as part of their Media Literacy and Criticism module held on the 9th January, 2012.
Focusing on citizen journalism and content generated news, the seminar invited Hassanain Anver, founder of student magazine, ‘The Republic’ to shed light in this area.
The seminar educated the audience on how a publication works and the role of influencing factors such as target audience, editorial policies, advertising and public relations on the creation of the content. Also discussed were different ways through which content is generated, characteristics of news, news censorship and plagiarism.
|The keynote speaker Mr. Hassnain Anver|
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The seminar’s main focus was on the growing use of citizen journalism in the country and whether or not, it impacts real journalists.
“People always have something to say, they always have an opinion and youth particularly love everything, so it’s hard to filter down. In journalism, you don’t need equipment, you just need a pen and paper but it’s a challenge now to come up with good content,” said guest speaker, Hassanain Anver as he spoke about how the current generation is very information savvy and it is essential for journalists to compete for the reader’s attention to make their mark.
Towards the end of the seminar, there were two fun-filled news related activities for the audience present, in which they enthusiastically took part. Moreover, small souvenirs were awarded to every member in the audience as tokens of appreciation.
By Nazia Fatma