SCERT 3-day workshop discusses the importance of reporting training
Media and education should work hand in hand: Prof Nasir Mirza
Through Farooq Shah
SRINAGAR: “If you don’t tell your story, who else will,” Nasir Mirza, former professor at the Center for Media Education and Research (MERC) at the University of Kashmir, said at a rally made up of teacher trainers from various educational research and training institutes in the district. (DIET) during a three day workshop here today.
âIn an extremely competitive and market-driven world, it is important that you equip yourself with the skills and expertise to tell your stories,â said Prof Mirza. âNo one else is responsible for doing this on your behalf. “
The workshop which was organized by the media wing of the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Kashmir, was also attended by Dr Ruheela Hassan Sheikh, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP), Traffic, Srinagar and Zarif Ahmad Zarif, a renowned satirist, poet and historian.
Farooq Shah, Media Officer at SCERT, designed the workshop to train teacher trainers on the essentials of media reporting as it relates to education.
Education and the media, said Prof Mirza, must work hand in hand to achieve the larger goal of transforming the behavior of a society by enriching the thoughts of its members with knowledge, wisdom and responsibility.
âFirst, you have to regard your workplace as a place of pilgrimage or a sanctuary as sacred, because you earn your living from it,â he noted. âSecond, you need to build your workplace stories as honestly as possible so that the world at large is aware of your hard work and commitment. “
Professor Mirza, while describing the media as “the most precious gift of the twentieth century to the twenty-first,” said all stakeholders must approve of your hard work to understand the importance of the task assumed by teachers.
“The culture of coming out of magazines and newsletters must not only be renewed in educational institutions, but must also be well supported by new forms of technology, namely social media, podcasts, broadcasts. video, etc., âhe said. âBecause the costs associated with such activities are minimal, nothing should be neglected to get the most out of these facilities. “
Dr Ruheela Hassan, while appreciating the contribution of teachers to education through radio programs, stressed the importance of radio education and urged participants to acquire foundational skills involving the use of radio. television, radio and the Internet in the field of education.
“Radio is as important a tool as other mass media for spreading awareness, especially in remote places where internet connectivity is a problem,” Dr Hassan said. âDuring natural disasters, ie earthquakes, floods, etc., the radio becomes the only tool to rely on. “
Professor Mirza, while giving the example of “Mann Ki Baat”, supported Dr Hassan in his assertion that radio still occupies an important role despite the availability of all the latest communication technologies.
The workshop included a segment in which a panel discussion was organized as an example for participants to report back. Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, SSP Traffic, Srinagar, Dr Rabia Mughal, Senior Academic Officer, SCERT, Farooq Shah, Workshop Coordinator, Javed Kirmani, Radio Programs Manager, SCERT, Dr Shabnam, HOD, Education in Languages, spoke about the city traffic scenario in the discussion. Some participants videotaped the discussion on their cell phones while others wrote notes in their calendars.
The coordinator sifted through the news articles straight from their source while explaining them in light of 5Ws1H and the inverted pyramid. Later, the coordinator explained all the terms in the journalism glossary.
Zarif Ahmad Zarif, who was the guest of honor at the closing ceremony, said teachers should adorn their nature with the virtues of truthfulness, honesty and objectivity.
âAll of these virtues – truthfulness, honesty and objectivity – are hallmarks of journalism and should not be abandoned when reporting on education,â Zarif said. âPublic praise is the greatest reward a teacher receives. “
Ghulam Mohammad Rather, teacher trainer, SCERT, recited a poem to end the program.
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