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Face To Face with Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee

Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee is a media educator and trainer from Odisha, India and works as an professor and center head in the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal.Chatterjee also has contributed to the field of fiction writing with 5 novels publications, 4 short story collections and columns in Oriya dailies. He has has published two books on Journalism and Mass Communication in Odia.This week its a pleasure for Nwztoday to have him on Face To Face. 

Q- Dr. Mrinal ChatterjeeAs a Veteran Journalist, do you think media presently is playing its’ role genuinely?

Ans. Media is a very wide, umbrella term. It include entertainment, education, news and several other domains. Even in the news domain, the field is so big and there are so many players that a straigt jacket answer will probably not do justice. A sizable section of media is playing its rightful role; another section is not playing what they ought to do.

 Q- Journalists are made by their own potential & hard work rather than certification through degrees & diplomas. Your opinion on this.

Ans. If your question pertains to journalism education, then I must say- education does play an important role. In three ways. First it imparts the skill with the rigour of academics. You not only learn how, but also learn why of it. Second it makes the concepts clear. Third, it shapes your attitude and that in turn shapes your ethical engagement with the profession.

Q- How far is the present Mass Communication& Journalism Curriculum helping students to know the tricks & trade of journalism?

Ans. Mass Communication is a fast expanding field thanks to the technology upgrade and need and want of the people. However, some basics remain the same over time. The present curriculum must factor the change in technology and style. Several institutions are integrating the change in the syllabi, while some are lagging behind.

Q- What is your view on paid news? Is it a barrier to the spirit of journalism?

Ans. Paid News is unacceptable. Yes, it is an evil. It is against the ethics of journalism.

Q- Television channels are in a mad Rat Race to get the “breaking news” by any means. What is your view?

Ans. Cut throat competition is fuelling the competition. I think, over a period of time, when television matures in India, this will subside. The level and quality of audience participation is another big factor. News gets broken every ten minutes, because a. there is actually some news breaking and/or b. the channel managers want the eyeballs of the audience glued to the television sets and eternally breaking news is that glue – or so they think. When this glue will no longer work, automatically triviality masquerading as breaking news will come down.

Q- Having worked in media for years together followed by a stint in academics, how is your experience & share your exclusive thoughts with media students.

Ans. I have had an exciting experience as a Media Academician. Every year I get to meet and interact with young students. I see them maturing into hard core professionals. In media education we try to provide them two things: skill and value. Skill to make them competent professional. Value to make them true and good professional. You need good skill set at the entry point. You need value and vision as you move up in your profession.

Q- Inspirations are drawn from the society we live in. Share any one incident or any one personality which inspired you.

Ans. There are many such experiences. The space is too short to share those experiences.

Q- Besides, teaching and writing, what are Prof. Chatterjee’s other interests?

Ans. Tending to garden, Traveling, Reading and watching Comedy shows and Humorous movies.

Q- NWZTODAY is an initiative to Inform, Entertain & Enlighten. Your message for the team.

Ans. Inform; do not confuse. Entertain; do not titillate. Enlighten; do not preach.

Q- Any special message you wish to give through NWZTODAY.

Ans. Do your job honestly and sincerely. God bless you.

Thanks Dr. Chatterjee. 

 
 
           
 
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