Journalism for Peace Prize awarded to Ravleen Kaur, Sushil Kumar Mohapatra and Neetu Singh

The fourth National Conference on Media and Journalism (NCMJ) was hosted by MIT World Peace University. |

PuneAsian News International (ANI) editor-in-chief Smita Prakash said Thursday (November 10) that social media amplifies noise and annoyance and the only people who get nervous about it are those who are “embedded in the system”. She was speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th National Conference on Media and Journalism (NCMJ) hosted by MIT World Peace University.

“Change means noise and disruption and it’s all amplified by social media. This disruption makes people nervous and they fear change,” she said, addressing mass media and journalism students from the School of Media & Communication at MIT World Peace University.

MIT WPU President Prof. Vishwanath D Karad attended the session via video link. With him, MIT WPU Executive Chairman Rahul V. Karad, former Prasar CEO Bharati Jawahar Sircar, RK Laxman Museum Director Usha Laxman, political commentator Rasheed Kidwai, Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ) President Swapnil Bapat and Prof. Dr. RM Chitnis, Vice Chancellor, MIT WPU were present on the occasion.

Ravleen Kaur, Freelance Journalist, Down to Earth (print), Sushil Kumar Mohapatra, Editor, NDTV (broadcast), and Neetu Singh, Freelance Journalist, Gaon Connection (digital) received the Journalism for Peace Award at the hands of of dignitaries.

There are a multiplicity of platforms today

Smita Prakash said: “Today there is a multiplicity of platforms. Journalists are checked by young people and therefore we must understand humility.

The media is often accused of spreading hate, but is it really the media that does it or is it a reflection of society? Recent incidents have highlighted the importance for journalists to undergo legal training.

Also, foreign media have a biased view when reporting on India. Young and nationalist journalists could bring stories to the world from an Indian perspective.

Swapnil Bapat said, “Credibility, revenue and technology are the main challenges facing journalists. We have to face them and overcome them. Discussion and dialogue at the individual and ideological level will help journalism advance the cause of peace in society.

Online and digital media have become the biggest player

Jawahar Sircar said, “Online and digital media has become the biggest player in the media industry today. The internet is inevitable and connectivity has become the equivalent of necessities like roti, kapda and makaan for citizens.

OTT is still unregulated and the government is trying to bring it under telecom laws. Full data networking has proven to be a reality and so micro-targeting has become a threat.

However, excessive links without controls will put us in difficulty. Whether web 3.0 or the metaverse and 5G technology will change the future course of media is what we need to look for.

Rasheed Kidwai invites students to understand the process

Rasheed Kidwai called on students to understand, as media professionals, the process, ownership and structure of media.

As Vishwanath D Karad said, religion is the way of life which helps you understand the role of promoting the principle of peace. We are witnessing a new look at Mother India and the media should put this new look on the society.

Rahul Karad said, “Students should solve society’s problems. Journalism must restore the truth and students must manifest what they want to become in their lives. This will help them move forward in life.

Finally, Usha Laxman introduced the public to the life and work of RK Laxman.

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