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Stop yellow journalism, do it for the common man: Dr Walia
During his visit to the border town Ferozepur in Punjab, Dr Harjinder Singh Walia, Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication while presiding over the Seminar on "Journalism – Yesterday, Today and Tommorrow" at the local Press Club said, "Success comes to those only who have aim in their life. The journalism of Punjab is attached with the movement from the very beginning. It started as a mission, became profession and later on as production house."

Dr Walia quoted various incidents from his experiences. He challenged those present to name any media house that speaks the truth. He did not hesitate to share that national channels have turned to doing anchor journalism – either in favour or against.

He showed his concern about the balanced coverage on the news channels and newspapers ignoring the common man.

Raising a question, Dr Walia said, "Is it journalism what we are doing or paid news? Where the common man should go to get a space in the newspaper?" He said that the labour class has to die to come in the news and the journalism of today is confined to a particular class.

Giving the basic tips of journalism, Dr Walia said, "The reporter must keep in mind the basic viewpoints to be successful in his profession – general knowledge, technology and language, followed by update with the latest developments going on around the world."

"Everyone has ambitions in his life to have money, fame and power which are related to each other but before pointing out, we should introspect ourselves as to where we are standing," he said.

Talking about success, Dr Walia said, "Around 5 per cent fix up their aim in life in their childhood whereas in our survey only 1.5 per cent have aim, while 13 per cent have thought about this and 85 per cent are not sure as to what to do."

Speaking about the state of affairs in Punjab, he said with authority that only the teachers and parents can save Punjab by giving dreams to their children. There is no need of special environment to do something but only the 'intention' is needed and for complete success passion plays a very important role for doing true journalism.

Lastly, Dr Walia said that there is a need to pay attention towards the economic conditions of the journalists by stopping their exploitation by the media houses. Besides writing about others, they should also say something about themselves. He also advised those present to do journalism of people instead of yellow journalism.

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