No initiatives are taken to train journalists in the suburbs
Even in the age of modern technology, journalists living in small towns, villages and villages are not aware of the knowledge of right or wrong news or any information about it.
Similarly in university students are taught everything in books but practically nothing about tools or media safety.
Mohammad Shirazi has been involved in journalism for ten years and has been working for Snow TV in Narowal for five years. Where they cover socio-regional and district news.
But till date they have not received any training that taught them how to report or protect themselves in an emergency.
Shirazi explains that, “Sometimes it happens that while reporting an organization one has to face a lot of threats and there is a lot of pressure but one does not know who to contact or what to do in this situation.”
Similarly, during the flood coverage, there is no such safety equipment and it was never told what to do during an emergency situation. How many kilometers do we have to travel from one city to another to do our work?
Similarly, journalists from different channels living in small towns were never taught how to cover gender-sensitive reports.
Ashtaq Rabbani is associated with 24 News in Narowal where he covers the news of Zilh”. He has also been associated with the field of journalism for fifteen years, but in all these years he has not taken a single training workshop in which he has been taught the basic principles of journalism.
He said that it is necessary to educate and train journalists in small towns, because a news is given by a journalist sitting on the grassroots, but he is not taught about reporting or anything about it. We have not learned anything and we make a lot of mistakes.
Fake news is becoming the norm in small towns
Muhammad Ramzan has been working for five years for print media Sadday Watan in Narowal. According to Ramadan, the news on print media in cities is often wrong or the same news is copied and pasted in different newspapers
And a lot of news is planted in favor of the administration. He says that training of journalists in small areas is the need of the hour because the real news comes out from here first. If there is a fake news, it affects the whole community and fills the society with hatred and extremism.
Ali Zohaib, president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Columnists, says, “It is very important to train journalists in small towns and make them aware of journalistic responsibilities. But in these areas, this does not happen and there are such people in the mainstream media as well.” are kept from small areas who have no awareness. They are neither taught how to make news nor told what the sensitivity of news is”.
Many journalists in rural areas are not even taught how to report on murders, he says.
If there is a murder somewhere, it is reported that there has been a murder but it is not told how to file the murder or how to prepare a report.
An electronic media reporter needs to know what to do in any emergency situation. And all this responsibility falls on the media owners. Whose job is to train their grassroots journalists. But we don’t have that, due to which fake news and blackmailing also runs in small areas.
Azam Khawar, secretary of Narowal district press club, says that no steps will be taken to train journalists in Narowal, and no training was given or anything was said in the press club. He was told that the main reason for this is the monopoly on the Press Club. And the problems of journalists should not be taken seriously.
Similarly, Narowal Information Department officer Mohammad Ehsan says that training of journalists is mandatory in small towns but it does not happen. “It is a pity that no such initiatives will be taken at the local level. We are trying to get some training and funding at the local level to be spent on journalists and media. should also be taught about the regular principles.
Source: IBC Urdu