Do Journalists Need a Journalism Degree: Media Gurus Disagree

Academic degrees in journalism certainly have their own importance but passion, curiosity, innovative ideas, hard work and creativity are valued more in journalism. Students studying Mass Communication should adopt the field of journalism not as a profession but as an obligation to serve their country and countrymen.

These views were shared by experts at the "1st National Conference Focusing on What Makes a Journalist" organized by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) in Islamabad.

The event was attended by a galaxy of media gurus including Hamid Meer, Dr. Shahid Masood, Rana Jawad, Muhammad Malik, Dr. Moeed Pairzada, Mati U Allah Jan, Shahzaib Khanzada and Fareeha Idrees.

The basic concept of holding this conference was to engage senior journalists as trainers to give the students a deep insight and understanding about the whole range of electronic and print journalism and a guide line to carve a niche for themselves in the booming sector.

Speaking on the occasion Hamid Meer prominent media person said that excellence in journalism requires deep commitment and constant hard work, rather than just professional degrees. The ability to recognise a good story and narrate it in different forums is what characterises a good journalist "he added".

Dr. Shahid Masood renowned media professional while sharing his thoughts said that you do not need a degree in journalism to be a journalist/TV personality however you must be able to understand the basic structure of grammar and essay writing so that can write a coherent story and present it in a clear and intelligent tone to the people.

Curiosity is one of the defining traits of a good journalist, who is expected to take the initiative to find out more about the subject he/she is writing about, said Muhammad Malik famous anchor person.

Dr. Moeed Pirzada while sharing his views said that in journalism you have to be prepared for long hours and always being on the job. He stressed upon not just teaching skills but train young journalists to be lifelong learners.

Media persons apprised the aspiring journalists of concepts, structure, values and elements of news making and trained them technically and editorially in producing quality documentaries, talk shows and script writing.

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