Journalism is a Unique Vocation to serve the truth: Vice President Inaugurates Delhi School of Journalism
The Vice President of India, Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Journalism is a ‘unique vocation’ to serve the truth and hold a mirror to the contemporary happenings in a society. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Delhi School of Journalism in Delhi University, here today.
The Vice President said that he was heartened to know the due importance is being given to Sanskrit – an epitome of our rich classical linguistic traditions, in the course curriculum. He further said that Journalism has always been looked upon as a mission to serve people —Primarily, it is a public service. It should be remembered that the Freedom of Speech and Expression enshrined in our constitution is not absolute, but bound by reasonable restrictions, he added.
The Vice President said that in view of the critical role journalism plays in protecting democracy and in serving the larger good of the society, the profession must maintain highest ethical, moral and reporting standards. He further said that Journalists must never shirk from the core principles of journalism like independence and objectivity and shun unhealthy practices such as sensationalism. Of late, the undesirable practices of mixing news with views, partisan reportage and paid news have crept into journalism, he added.
The Vice President suggested 10 qualities to the budding journalists to be successful in JOURNALISM. They are:
- Be Joyful
- Be Objective
- Be Unbiased
- Be Responsible
- Be a Nationalist
- Be Artistic
- Be a Lifelong Learner
- Be Inquisitive
- Be Strong
- Be Mindful
The Vice President wished the Delhi School of Journalism to become one of the top global journalism schools in the near future. Collective efforts of the university officials, teachers and students will definitely yield results, he added.