Call for bridging gap between theory, practice in journalism
KARACHI- Prominent scholar Professor Shariful Mujahid has spoken of a growing gap between the theory and practice in journalism teaching in the country. He was expressing his views at a workshop on ‘Towards democratic media development Bridging the gap between theory and practice.’
The day-long moot was organised at a local hotel by the Press Institute of Pakistan (PIP) and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (EBS).
Prof Mujahid who is one of he founders of the Department of Journalism at Karachi University in 1955, asked whether the institutions teaching journalism in the country are producing the commodity that is saleable in the market.
He was of the view that the courses offered by Karachi University’s Department of journalism in the 1960s were considered as credible and respectable. Professor Mujahid exhorted that an action plan must be devised, students be motivated and teaching be upgraded.
He called for bridging the gap between the theory and practice in journalism teaching. He suggested that one must be on the lookout for the talented people.
General Secretary, All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Arshad Zuberi, said that hard work and a flair for writing are essential qualities that are required for a successful journalist and such a person is paid according to his abilities. He was of the view that there is a shortage in the country of good journalists with command over the English language. Arshad Zuberi opined that it is the market that determines the price of a commodity.
Press Institute of Pakistan Director Professor Zakariya Sajid, said that there is a growing gap between the departments teaching journalism and the media organisations. He was of the opinion that there is a need for imparting good practical training to those who pass out from the journalism departments.
FES Resident Representative Gunter Lehrke said that the moot had been organised to help find way and means to bridge the gap between theory and practice in journalism teaching as well as the problems being faced by the media.
Chairperson of Karachi University’s Department of Mass Communication, Professor Shahida Kazi said that there is a gap of intensive training.
Source: Business Recorder