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Vice President of India addresses MIC’s sixth MV Kamath Endowment Lecture virtually2 min read

December 19, 2020 2 min read

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Vice President of India addresses MIC’s sixth MV Kamath Endowment Lecture virtually2 min read

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MANIPAL: The sixth MV Kamath Endowment Lecture was organised by Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) on December 18 in TMA Pai Hall, Manipal, with the chief guest M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India in attendance virtually. He delivered the keynote address with the theme of ‘Journalism – Past, Present and Future.’

In the endowment lecture, the vice president spoke about the relationship between technological evolution and the decline in the quality of ethical journalism and emphasised the importance of upholding these values and ethos in the present-day situation. He added that the transition from print journalism to digital journalism had come with the cost of media bodies prioritising sensationalism over ethics. 

“News and views should never be mixed,” the vice president commented regarding the media crisis due to the rise of ‘propaganda’ news. He encouraged journalists to lay importance on facts more than emotions, and added that the main role of journalism was to bridge the information gap between the public and information that has to reach them and be a medium of voice for the voiceless. 

Touching upon various aspects of journalism and the media industry, Naidu stated that though print media was evolving to this technological boom by going online, they are struggling to come out with viable revenue for it. “The world is witnessing the absence of the self-regulating protocol. In this era of information, the over-abundance of news, the very meaning of news is getting devalued,” he said while highlighting the imbalance between social media news, which has the necessary means and resources, while the information reports generated by print media at substantial costs have a potential of being hijacked for monetary interests. 

The chief guest concluded the lecture by stating that it was imperative to create an enabling and encouraging environment, which protected the safety, working conditions and skills of journalists, while paying tribute and highlighting the importance of veteran journalists in shaping the journalism industry of our country.  

“Having the vice president to address our students and faculty was positively overwhelming for us; Given the current scenario, it was a great honour for both MIC and the legacy of MV Kamath that we got to have the Honourable Vice President of India to motivate and encourage our students,” said Dr Padma Rani, Director, MIC.

HS Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Narayan Sabahit, Registrar, MAHE and other officials of the university were also present at the venue. MV Kamath Endowment Lectures have been held annually since 2014, in memory of late M V Kamath, a reputed journalist and the Honourary Director of MIC.

 

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Edited by: Vibha B Madhava