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News Snippets

  • The government says Covid-19 is still in local transmission stage in India
  • Government scotches rumours of extending the lockdown beyond April14. Says no such plan
  • Centre asks states to give shelter and food to migrant workers to stop them from taking to the streets
  • RBI cuts repo rate by 75 bps, the steepest in 10 years
  • Centre writes to states regarding laxity in monitoring people who had arrived from abroad between January and March
  • Kerala reports a spurt in new cases
  • With 124 fresh cases on Friday, the number of reported cases in India stand at 854
  • Five of a family, including a 9-month-old-baby test positive for Covid-19 in Nadia district in West Bengal on Friday
  • The Pakistani army is reportedly forcibly moving all Covid-19 patients to PoK and Gilgit
  • Untimely azaans in J&K mosques spark panic gathering
  • Stocks rise - Sensex up by 1400 points and Nifty goes above the 8600 mark
  • Rahul Gandhi says the economic package is "the first step in the right direction"
  • The government announces wide-ranging measures to help the poor overcome the economic hardship caused by Covid-19
  • G20 leaders to hold a virtual meeting today to explore ways of fighting Covid-19 in a coordinated manner
  • The Delhi government orders testing of all medical staff after the positive test on a Delhi mohalla clinic doctor
Death toll reaches 27 as Covid-19 cases across India reach 974 on Saturday
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Reporting News is Not Fastest Fingers First

By admin
First publised on 2018-01-02 11:44:56

About the Author

Sunil Garodia By our team of in-house writers.
Is a section of the media deliberately putting out slanted news without waiting for official confirmation? In quick succession, two news were flashed that were miles away from the truth. First, even as the Ranchi special court judge was reading out the judgment in the fodder scam case, a section of the media reported that Laloo Prasad had been acquitted of all charges. Then, reports surfaced claiming that the CBFC has asked for 26 cuts in the film Padmavati as a precondition for clearing the film. It later transpired that Laloo was convicted and no cuts were suggested by the CBFC.

What is happening? Why are reporters covering important events jumping the gun? Is it because they want to be the first to report? Or is it because they do not have a proper understanding of the news they are covering? Or worse still, is it because they have made up their minds how they are going to report? Professional incompetence, though unpardonable, can take place and the media organization will take note of it and remove the offender. But slanting of news cannot be pardoned.

These were small incidents. But if similar reporting is done in sensitive cases, even a fifteen minute gap in correcting the mistake can prove to be lethal. Passions can be inflamed and riots can take place. Hence, reporters have a duty to double check and cross verify each piece of news before sending it across for publication. They are the ones in the field. Those in the newsroom or studios will flash whatever they put out. This puts a huge responsibility on their shoulders and they must act accordingly. There is no shame in rectifying a genuine mistake. But shoddy reporting must be avoided at all costs, even if someone else puts out the news first. There is a chance that egg will be on that person’s face instead of you.