Dimapur, November 17: To commemorate the National Press Day, the Department of Multimedia and Mass Communication (MMC), Patkai Christian College in collaboration with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized a webinar titled “Journalism Without Fear and Favour,’ November 16.
Imkong Walling, the Principal Correspondent, The Morung Express, the resource person at the event shared some insight on the theme drawing from his more than a decade long experience of being a journalist.
Walling, apart from highlighting his journey so far, shared some pertinent challenges a journalist has to manoeuvre in a layered Naga society.
In doing so, he underscored the dicey balancing act -the profession, security as well as family, as one goes about the work.
While being candid about the several challenges confronted daily and resolving it, he said that ‘fear’ act as an impetus for journalists do their job professionally and in a responsible manner.
He also informed the attendees, comprising of students of the Department and others, faculty members and other media practitioners.
An interaction followed where issues of fake news, truth and reporting in a difficult state like Nagaland was discussed.
Earlier, the head of the Department, MMC, PCC Dr Dakter Esse in her welcome address shared the significance of the day by stating that it is November 16 is a day symbolizing the existence of free and responsible press in India.
On November 16, 1966 the Press Council of India started functioning as a moral watchdog and to ensure that the press not only maintains the expected high standards of the powerful medium but also is not fettered by the influence or threats of any extraneous factors.
Principal Patkai Christian College and IQAC Chairman, Dr Thepfüvilie Peirü in the opening remarks also highlighted the crucial role of a press in the society.
It concluded with a vote of thanks by Wahengbam Rojenn, Asst Professor, MMC. (Page News Service)