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Print and electronic media have failed in their duties towards readers; social media – the only saving grace
While giving tips to students of the journalism department at Guru Jambheshwar University in Hisar, on the need of investigative journalism, a girl student asked me a question, to which, I didn't have a spontaneous answer.

Her question was very valid and left me stunned and stumped. The student asked, "You are giving tips for investigative journalism. But tell us which paper or TV channel will carry the investigative report?"

Then she gave several examples of newspaper or TV channel reporters never carrying the story despite being provided with all the evidence.

For a moment I had no answer. I have had the privilege of working in the Indian Express group of publications where I enjoyed full freedom of writing, to the extent that several complaints against me by high and mighty lodged with my editors Prabhash Joshi and Om Thanvi were thrown into the dustbin.

After recovering from the shock caused by the question put up by the young female student about whom I have a strong institution that she would make a top investigative journalist someday, I suggested her to depend more on social media. Social media might have its own drawbacks, like lack of credibility, but then, what else can be done!

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