Panel discussion on journalism for students of Nepali

Gangtok, 30 May:

A panel discussion and an interactive session on the challenges, opportunities and emerging trends of journalism were held at Nepali Department, Sikkim Central University today.

A panel of four journalists from Sikkim namely Joseph Lepcha [President, Press Club of Sikkim and state correspondent of national daily Dainik Jagran], Rupesh Sharma [Editor, Himali Bela], Anita Niraula [Senior Journalist and former News Reader All India Radio, Gangtok] and Yougan Tamang [Co-Founder/Editor Sikkim Chronicle] discussed and highlighted various aspects of journalism in Sikkim to the students particularly of 4th and 2nd semester, M.Phil and Ph.D. scholars.

Joseph Lepcha while addressing the students highlighted on the advent of journalism in Sikkim and stressed on the transition, challenges of the print media and the future prospects of print journalism while Rupesh Sharma highlighted the importance and the relation of literature with journalism and the need for vernacular language journalists in Sikkim. He focused on how the state is running short of vernacular journalists and thus talked about the opportunities for the students of Nepali in future.

Anita Niraula spoke on the ethics of journalism and the emerging trends of media. She highlighted the importance of radio and the challenges being faced by broadcast journalism. She stressed on the importance of unbiased reporting.

Yougan Tamang spoke on how digital media/social media is emerging in the state and country. He highlighted the opportunities, challenges and pros and cons of social media. He also stressed on the fact that vernacular journalism can also play a vital role in digital media and thus encouraged students to not limit themselves in any way.

After the panel discussion, the students also interacted with the panelists and asked various questions related to literature and journalism.

The panel discussion and interactive session was an idea conceptualized and organised by Dr. Kavita Lama [Associate Professor, Nepali Department, Sikkim Central University].

“We should not limit students to just text books and theories. Rather we should help them comprehend the approaches of journalism by getting them to listen to journalists on the field. We should help them understand the relation between literature and journalism as well,” said Ms Lama.

The session was also attended by Dr. Aruna Rai [Assistant Professor] and Deo Chandra Subba [Assistant Professor, Nepali Department, Sikkim Central University].