“We must always bear witness to the truth. But here we have to be vigilant and should to be sensitive to the situation when we state that truth. Our statement of truth should not create another crisis. ” Veteran journalist Priyanwada Perera said in a Zoom programme organized by Born To Win Relationships for students held on 27th.
Initiating her presentation, Priyanwada said that; “The language we use in journalism is extremely important. It can be written or spoken. What we write or speak should be beautiful and attractive. It means attracting the attention of audience. Therefore, it is important for a person to know the language he or she intends to use if he is to go into journalism.”
“Also, we have to do our part with some morality.” Priyanwada went on to comment further.
“As a journalist, we have a lot of power. For example, if you write for a newspaper, present a programme on a television channel, or announcing a radio programme, there are a lot of people who read and listen to what you write and say and then you get power over them. Therefore, it is very important that you maintain certain ethics. You should use this power not to provoke people but to extinguish them. Only then you can contribute to the building of a peaceful society.”
“The other important point is that we must always bear witness to the truth. But even here we have to be vigilant and should be sensitive to the situation when we state that truth. Our statement of truth should not create another crisis. ”
It is very important for a journalist to maintain self-restraint. ” Priyanwada confirmed.
Another important factor is our knowledge. We need to have a general knowledge of everything, as we need to talk about different areas and subjects through the media field in which we are involved. This knowledge is more important to a journalist who writes feature articles than a journalist who covers news reporting.
The uniqueness of this field is that a journalist could work with the general public from the first citizen of the country to the bottom.
Sometimes, Journalists are summoned to the police and the courts for deformation cases. Priyanwada emphasized the importance of having the information and evidence to prove the veracity of the news they report.
The special event was attended by nearly 50 students aged 14-18, and organized by the Born To Win Relationships Training Institute.