News Or Views

This is a period of transition. A change is coming, a change that will completely alter journalism the way we know it today.

As a student of journalism I have been told time and again, that news needs to be facts only. I agree. Journalism needs to be facts only. I disagree.

The main story needs to be all facts, true but when we are presenting the news to the audience and I will focus only on broadcast news, it needn’t be facts only. Now I’m not saying it should be opinions and sensationalization of facts but I feel it should be an amalgam of facts and opinions.

The audience today is empowered and much more aware than it was a decade ago. The audience already reads the facts in the morning newspaper. What we are looking for is a direction of thought, a need to feel the pulse of the country. This is not possible through a robotic narration of facts like the old Doordarshan days when someone would just read the news and get it over with.

Journalists have the wondrous power to be heard by the masses. This tool should be made full use of. It is a journalist who can encourage the masses to come forward and voice their opinion on something. It is a journalist who can bring social change, who can point out the faults in the governance and raise a campaign to correct these faults.

I remember last year some channels decided to be squeamish about a few sensitive issues. Why should it be like that? Why shouldn’t we be allowed to voice our opinions fearlessly.

Wasn’t it Nehru who called journalists the watchdog of Democracy? I for one don’t think he was talking about the “narrations-of-facts” kind of journalism.

The camera is not a tool for the ministers to propagate their views, the camera is the eye of the public keeping a watch on those who are accountable to them.

I said earlier that a change is coming and indeed it is. The public no longer accepts facts only. We read the newspaper for that. I feel honoured to be a student of this noble profession, practiced by so many fearless, indomitable voices of change.

This is an era of disruption and dissent which create the very substance of democracy. The wheels of change have started to roll and now there’s no stopping it, for this continuous challenging of the status quo will create a better and a more accepting India.

Waiting For Patience

Patience. Sometimes this can be the most annoying thing to hear. Especially if you are as hyper an individual or as driven by adrenaline as I am. One of the biggest problems of being impatient is getting irritated by the constant lack of urgency in others. Sometimes I feel like fast forwarding these actions. Well obviously to others, I come across as a hyper and restless individual and I apologize for coming across as an irritable person, but no, I am not sorry.

The one thought that scares me to no end is how do I keep going if I have nothing to look forward to? How do I get up in the morning if I don’t have something to achieve, something to work hard for.

I wonder, is everyone feeling the same way? But then I see people living their lives peacefully. Content with where they are. Enjoying life as it is. Is it only me then?

I am driven by the constant need to move. Staying in the exact place where I was yesterday is what accounts for a complete waste to me.

No. I cannot be patient. If I am to do something, I’d rather do it now. If I want something I want it now. Some people might supplement this logic with the YOLO (You Only Live Once) attitude. But I’m not afraid of  a forgotten to do list after I die. What bothers me is a day wasted i.e. a day where I didn’t do anything that takes me forward, that makes me better than I was yesterday.  I hear spiritual leaders talking about enjoying peace. I hear people saying good things come to those who are patient.

It’s not like I haven’t tried. I did and I still do. But then again I think, instead of waiting patiently for something great to happen, won’t my time be better spent working to achieve something great.

Maybe patience is the virtue of  a few rare superhuman who are above ambition, above the constant need to move forward. Maybe patience is for people who are content with their lives, who have learned to see the beauty of life the way it is.

If that be true, I am glad I’m no superhuman. I need ambition, I need to move forward. If I am content with the way life is, how would I make it better? For me, the beauty of life lies in the exciting journey of moving forward, of meeting new people, having new experiences and to some extent beauty of life is also in being afraid, beauty is in anything that makes me feel alive.

We all are living but only some of us are truly alive!

Somewhere In The Middle

It was a time of great excitement as I stepped out of school, once and for all. The weight of my school bag didn’t matter anymore, in fact it felt like the only thing I was taking back home that day, apart from all the memories I’d made of course. Everyone at school said this was going to be my first step into the world outside, that I would feel unsure and confused without them to protect me. And I didn’t really believe that. It wasn’t that I didn’t love my teachers, but I wasn’t afraid of the world outside, I welcomed it. I loved that I would make my own decisions. I couldn’t wait to go to college and more than anything… I was eager to finally study ONLY the subjects that interested me. Two months into my college life and I still had no idea what all my school teachers were talking about. I figured I might be doing something wrong. I was having the time of my life. No, I wasn’t partying with my friends. Being the self-centered narcissist that I am, I always kept to myself and my laptop, to such an extent that a friend suggested that I get married to the purple machine I spent most of my time with. For the first few months of my college I was still suffering from the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), the board exams had caused. And now all of a sudden I had all this free time and I didn’t know what to do with it. For the first few months I studied just about half of what I would for a school exam and to my greatest surprise I ended up getting the highest in the department. To be honest, college life is a time to introspect, to gain knowledge and not about studying. My advice to any college student would be, use this time to figure out the kind of person you want to be for the rest of your life because after these three years your life will truly begin. You will take your first step towards your future. For me, college life is almost over and I’m once again leaving a known environment and stepping into an unknown world. I don’t know if I will make it, I don’t know if I will succeed, all I know, is that I can handle whatever life throws at me and I won’t give up, this is what travelling alone has taught me, this is what preparing for exams without my parents’ constant nagging has taught me.

Sometimes it hurts my ego to think I’m still a student, sometimes I feel afraid to officially be an adult. That’s why I say, this time is to figure out who you really are. I got into arguments with my parents about issues I  would usually avoid and this was confusing for them too because maybe they felt I wasn’t  experienced enough to voice my opinions with such conviction. But thankfully, they have now gladly embraced and welcomed this side of me, so much so that these days I am encouraged to give my opinion and most of the time they like it and accept my ideas.

And finally, an honest revelation to all my friends in school or college; it doesn’t matter if you get 80% instead of 85%, what matters is that you learn something from that 80% and you learn to accept that 80% without blaming it on a teacher or your friend. The first step towards success is progress.