Fact-based journalism facing challenges: N Ram

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Thiruvananthapuram: ‘Sacred Facts’, the one-day event organized by Mathrubhumi, kicked off at Uday Palace Convention Centre, Kowdiar Gardens, Thiruvananthapuram. N Ram, the former Chief Editor of The Hindu, inaugurated the function and shared his insights on the various challenges faced by news media organizations.

Ram said that media houses should return to a value-based form of journalism. He added that quality fact-based journalism is facing challenges in the contemporary world. "Good reporting requires the exercise of high scientific values. The initiative taken by Mathrubhumi will help to strengthen journalism and increase credibility."

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He talked about the challenges to professional news media like the need to adapt to the current state of affairs, challenges posed by technology companies and social media, issues revolving around trust in news, socio-political polarisation, the impact of the Ukraine war, inflationary pressures, impact on news consumption and erosion of media freedom.

Ram also talked about the role of journalism in education and training, helping journalists to strengthen professional capabilities through new technology. With the growth of digital technology, digital journalism has become indispensable, he said.

The four core tasks of professional journalists are verification, sense-making, witness and investigation, he said.

Devika Shreyams Kumar, Vice President - Operations, Mathrubhumi delivered the welcome address. Managing Director of Mathrubhumi MV Shreyams Kumar presided over the function.

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