the changing and growing role of media in COVID

03 May, On World Press Freedom Day, a webinar on “the changing and growing role of media in COVID” was organized by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Pacific University, Udaipur.

Principal Dr. Anurag Mehta said that to bring health awareness, providing information of COVID facilities, publishing specific articles related to rescue, preventing black marketing of medicines, arranging oxygen system for treatment, giving information about government schemes and presenting problems faced by the police and administration in the COVID management; both print and electronic media are doing good work with great responsibility.

Dr. Mehta also added that the press has not yet got the desired freedom in India, special efforts should be made in this direction then only the media will be able to strengthen democracy more successfully.

Senior Journalist Vipin Gandhi, speaking as the keynote speaker, said that the media is boldly compiling the news even in this difficult situation, making them available to the readers for publication in due course. Media personnel are also discharging their responsibilities well during this pandemic period; they are imparting daily information on various aspects related to the corona.

Panelist and Assistant Professor Rahul Kumar Darji, while speaking about the positive role of the media, emphasized that along with the problems, the media today is presenting solutions which are very important for the upliftment in the society. The media has played a very balanced role in COVID, instead of sensationalizing the news; it has presented information and facts.

The media has also given important information from time to time about the innovations happening in the country and world about this global pandemic. At the end of the webinar, questions from the participants were also answered and doubts were resolved.

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