Karan M wrote:
I have a different POV on this. Having lurked here for over a decade and attended the BRF Delhi meet, my humble 2 cents to the Gurus.
While I agree the barriers to entry in the profession are not as high as compared to other professions but there are institutes such as IIMC etc where entry is given on competitive merit and students are given in-ground and on-job training. Basis my experience with engaging with them - found most of them to be very intelligent, subject-matter experts and passionate. The regular folk is just like what you would find in any other profession.
These so called meritorious students must have all left journalism then. Just take a look at any news channel and point to the number of stories or topics they talk about that they really know.
What subject matter expertise do they really possess? Of what use is the passion or intelligence if they spend most of it in trying to run down Indian interests? In India and abroad? Most act like willing subversives who are addicted to a particular thought process.
Being thankful to BR to have helped shaped my views. Similarly, want to share a perspective for the lurkers like me and senior members, some of who may agree.
At the outset, this in no way disagrees with your root point - national interests but brings forward some nuances.
The argument would see this from the prism of
1. Journalism is a wide landscape and how the people are giving yeoman service against the stacked odds
2. Consumer dynamics and cycle
There are various beats in the media. To enumerate – Politics, Defense, City reporting, Crime, FMCG, Features, Entertainment, Business, Health, Technology, Finance, Advertising & Marketing(A&M), HR, Ministries – Power, Roads & Highways, Shipping, Agriculture, Automobiles & so on.
The proportion of stories discussed (read here) are mostly on Politics and Defense. Going beyond that, to exemplify the City reporters bring to us the stories of our city, infrastructure etc. Recently, many journalists faced the mob and were attacked while covering the protests to bring to us the on-ground situation, be it in Delhi or elsewhere in the country. It’s a fact that many journalists are still killed or hurt in India while trying to cover or uncover the stories.
Beyond metros, imagine a regional journalist’s life who toils in the sun on a bike to report and sustain the extended family on a meager income. These regional journalists bring out those potent heartwarming stories & sometimes Headlines
(Seeds, Cows, Crimes) from the hinterland which have not only elements of irony, pain, progress but also reflects realities in a creative relatable way.
Moving ahead, a lot of people read reviews before buying a mobile phone or a car. Some of us read the business stories before joining a new company. Many of us want to have entertainment (Bollywood, Sonu ki Smile, Insta Challenge). Some people bring out the sustainability or innovation stories (Padman etc). For all their story telling efforts, they are certainly experts in the content they create and would have helped few people take intelligent decisions. Overall, all these regular people are not inimical to Indian interests.
Now coming to the point of News channels and other people, I agree with you POV. Here I feel, as most of these are commercial entities - TRP’s to some extent and platform’s profitability can determine the angle. Consumers demand can determine their survival. Furthermore, different people have different news consumption preferences as it reflects their views as well. On changing the thought process - my learning on BR platform has been that some evil is required for good to exist and justify its actions. I wouldn’t be praying to convert all subversives but see them being weakened by stronger narratives built by careful analysis of their viewpoints.