The student reporters from various schools of the city had a field day as they participated at The Times NIE Newsmakers’ Meet 2017 organized at Manav Rachna International University. Around 200 budding journalists braved the cold of the wintry weather and assembled at the Campus auditorium to participate in the annual event aimed at honing students’ journalistic abilities and acquaint them with the finer nuances of reporting.
The event got off to an interesting start with a general knowledge quiz in which students’ journalistic adeptness and general awareness were tested through a written quiz comprising questions based on current affairs. Then came the visual round in which students were shown images on two topics related to current affairs and asked to write a report to test their writing skills, quality of thought and ability to conceptualize and report.
A panel including Pragun Jindal, author and Poonam Singh, national editor, Times NIE, took over the stage to talk about journalistic techniques, developing new skill sets, inculcating the habit of reading and ways to handle criticism. Jindal talked about demonetisation effects and improving digitization in Inida.
The Q&A session was interspersed with personal experiences shared by guests. The students were motivated to follow their dreams and become responsible and honest citizens of the future. The programme concluded with felicitation of the top 10 Times NIE Star Correspondents.
Speaking on occasion, Dr Sanjay Srivastava, MD, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions and Vice Chancellor, Manav Rachna International University said, “We strive to inculcate an attitude of gratitude in children. You can only be a good journalist if you exude the impression that the other person knows more than you. Only then can you extract more information from the other party.”
Also speaking on the occasion were Mr Paras Kochhar, Senior Manager, Barbeque Nation and Johnny Rockets; Mr Atul Kumar, Manager, Gold’s Gym and Mr Syed Shameem Anwar, Associate Director, Worlds of Wonder.