Sunday, November 27, 2022

Media persons from Nagaland, PCC (A) observe National Press Day

Staff Reporter/Correspondents

Media persons from Kohima Press Club (KPC), Dimapur Press Club (DPC) and Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) joined the rest of the country in observing National Press Day by organising programmes on November 16.
The day was also observed by department of Multimedia and Mass Communication, Patkai Christian College (A).
In Kohima, Director General of Police (Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence & SDRF), Rupin Sharma, was the special guest.
In his speech, Rupin highlighted the important role of media in the society.
Pointing out how sharing of information had gradually changed with each generation, Rupin said that with the availability of modern machineries the capacity to store and disseminate any kind of information had changed drastically.
He also shared examples of how people in the past interacted with each other and how such interactions were crucial for the growth of people.
He said since there was no written script of the Nagas, preservation of knowledge and wisdom of the people becomes a huge challenge.
He observed that having a script would be helpful in modifying the goods and bad of the society.
Chairman, NBOCWWB, Kekhrie Yhome in short speech, said the fellowship between the board and the media was a great success. He pointed out that construction works would continue as long humans exist and hoped that the relationship between the two would continue.
Earlier the programme was chaired by H Chishi, and invocation by Rana Chetri.
Keynote address was delivered by KPC general secretary, Atono Tsükrü Kense while Seyie Keretsü presented a special number.
KPC-NBOCWWB media fellowship certificates and grant money was presented to the three recipients- Henley Phom, Medolenuo Ambrocia Loucü and Limasenla. Meanwhile, the KPC impact journalism was awarded to Rita Krocha from Kohima.
An interactive session also held after the formal programme.
DPC: Asst. Professor and HoD, Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Joseph University, Chumoukedima, Dr. Naorem Nishikanta Singh, was the main speaker of the celebration organised by DPC at the conference hall of Rotary Club of Dimapur. Speaking on the theme “Media’s Role in Nation Building”, Singh cited the examples of Mahatma Gandhi, Raja Rammohan Roy, and Bal Gangadhar Tilak who all used their own publications to fight social evils, and urged the gathering to be responsible, to foresee the consequences of their reportage, and to know what should be published, and if the materials they intend to publish were in public interest.
He said that even minor details and punctuations in a report could lead to untoward incidents and therefore, there was a need for the media fraternity to reflect on its importance.
Editor of Tir Yimyim, K. Temjen Jamir, who also spoke on the occasion, urged the media persons to go beyond their responsibilities as watchdogs and not wait for news to come to them, but rather go beyond the traditional mindset and give more importance to what they see than what people say.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address, DPC member Tasungtetla Longkumer mentioned that journalists were a mirror of society, which brings out the truth even in adverse circumstances and the day symbolizes freedom of the press and its responsibilities towards society.
The event was chaired by DPC member Kanili Kiho and vote of thanks was delivered by DPC Information and Publicity Secretary Akangjungla Longchar.
MPC: Mokokchung Press Club (MPC) also observed the day under the theme “Media’s Role in Nation Building” with P. Tia Mollier, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Fazl Ali College as the guest speaker at Hotel Magnus.
Mollier in his address highlighted the importance of media in the age of information technology and cited the current international geo political crises in Europe.
He noted that the media have been evolving owing to ever changing socio-economic and political dynamics. He emphasized on six areas where journalists could contribute to nation building, with particular reference to Mokokchung.
The six areas of concern included Mokokchung’s fertility rate falling below replacement level, importance of having examination centers such as CUET in the district, improved education sector, issues relating to senior citizens and improving the writing skills of students and journalists bringing out factual reports.
Mokokchung Press Club president, Limalenden Longkumer in his welcome address remarked on the significance of celebrating the National Press Day.
An interactive session was also held where a wide range of issues pertaining to the press in Mokokchung were discussed.
PCC (A): On the occasion, Department of Multimedia and Mass Communication, Patkai Christian College in collaboration of Department of Mass Communication, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh organized a talk on ‘Role of media in nation building’.
Dwelling the role of media in nation building, guest speaker and Associate Editor, The Morung Express, Dr Moalemba Jamir noted that nation-building process can be identified with the central values of the constitution of India, and that media should strengthen the feeling of civic solidarity.
He also gave a brief overview of current media scenario in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, focusing on transparency and accountability.
Dean, IT, RGU Prof Kh. Kabi addressing the gathering while giving an insight on the importance of the day said, “National Press Day” symbolises freedom and responsibility of the press which was the hallmark of journalism.
HOD, Mass Comm, RGU Prof Uttam Pegu expressed happiness on the collaboration and said both the departments in future can collaborate in a bigger way as part of exchange programme.
HOD, MMC, PCC Dr. Dakter Esse also spoke at the programme. To mark the day, departmental magazine ‘Zeitgeist’ was launched by principal PCC, Dr. T Peiru and guest speaker Dr. Moalemba in presence of faculty and students from Patkai and RGU who connected through Google meet.

Members of DPC at the National Press Day in Dimapur.
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