Date: 25 January 2016
Resource Person: Mr. Ramu Patil, Chief of Bureau,
The News Indian Express
Topic: Online Reporting and Print Media
Venue: Seminar Hall, Presidency College

Centre for Media Studies had organized a guest lecture on “Print Media” for BA-Journalism students at Presidency College Seminar Hall. The speaker for the lecture was Mr. Ramu Patil, who is presently heading the reporting department and is Chief of Bureau at The New Indian Express. Mr. Patil has been in the print industry for the past 25 years working exclusively in the field of Journalism. He has reported from Baghdad, Oman, Iraq. Ms. Babitha Joseph, BA-Journalism, HOD, felicitated Mr. Ramu Patil for the Guest Lecture. Simrran Sidhu, student coordinator introduced the speaker and the topic of the lecture to the students. Mr. Patil began his lecture by highlighting the use of Online Journalism in this era of digital boom. ‘The reporters can now Tweet on Twitter or Post on Facebook to report certain event they are covering’. He told, ‘telling a story must be loaded with facts along with a different angle to hook the print readers’ as the readers are already updated through social media and mainstream media which discusses news with many angles. The ‘authenticity is the essence of the news and tampering with the facts and data with a different angle to the story is the way now’ but you will lose your credibility’. Soon Mr. Patil was open for some serious questions from the students. Following are the excerpts from the question-answer session that followed his talk.
Q. How do you go ahead with any particular story?
One thing I ask my fellow journalist is ‘tell me the story in one sentence’, if I see clarity, they can go ahead with the story. Clarity and the news-worthiness is the key.
Q. What should we do if a journalist receives a threat call?
Ask your organization and fellow journalists if they stand by you, if yes, go ahead with the story. If no, leave the story. But the best thing will be to run the story in the public interest.
Q. What to do when a Criminal contacts you?
Firstly, please check if it is not a fake call and authenticate the call. Secondly, think about running a story and lastly, keep the security agency informed. But do think about running a story.
Q. How to report when we do not understand the language?
One can always overcome the language barrier by trying to make an effort to learn the language. Though try to get information from the locals who understand your language. Collect leaflets/samples from the event.
Q. Do you see gender biases in journalism stream?
There is no gender biases and nobody practicing journalism can or will do it.
Q. Do you see enough freedom given to journalists?
Honestly, there is no restriction for journalism.
He also introduced the students to many exclusive examples and challenges he faced in the field of Journalism at large with reference to his reporting days in Iraq and other regions in India.
Mr. Ramu Patil end the session by saying, ‘Work hard and be clear in your thought”.
The lecture was received with admiration by the students. The event ended with the vote of thanks.