Awantipora: An interactive session with Associate Editor of Tameel-e-Irshad Nazim Nazir was held in Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (DJMC), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) here on Tuesday.
Deliberating in length on the evolution of Urdu journalism in Kashmir Nazir said that journalism in Kashmir is one of the ‘most difficult professions’ due to the prevailing political situation and one has to be extremely professional about the newsroom practices. “During reporting one should be balanced keeping in view all the ethics of journalism and as an editor the responsibility increases many folds. We cannot afford to be biased,” he said.
Nazir dealt with technical requirements of news writing, layout designing, editorial writing and newspaper advertising in an elaborate manner while giving tips to the students. “A newspaper is a complete package with all specificities taken care of. We should keep it simple and lucid, while writing the editorial which is the opinion of an organization about the current situation or any other salient issue and all the parties should be taken into consideration.”
While encouraging the students to explore multiple opportunities that are available in the field of Urdu journalism as budding journalists, he asked them to exhibit the necessary ‘dedication and determination in such circumstances’.
“Urdu journalism has kept alive the language in Kashmir. A journalist should know language which is very important for him/her,” he said.
Coordinator of the session, Monisa Qadri said Urdu journalism has always had a scope in Kashmir as one lakh Urdu dailies are printed in Kashmir every day.
“Urdu journalism remains an unexplored field for journalism students largely even though it is not saturated as yet and considering that IUST offers a course on Urdu journalism and this lecture has created an interest in students and during the interaction Nazir also offered internship opportunities to our students,” she said.
While appreciating the lecture and interaction, students said the session was very informative and it opened many windows for the students.