The topic ‘Self regulation by the media—Is it necessary?’ was relevant to the times considering the media bashing that is going on for over stepping its limits and betraying trust among people. But Mr.B.S.Raghavan, former civil servant in his talk at the Press Institute of India reiterated ‘Trust begets Trust’ which had been his policy as a secretary in the Union Home Ministry. He said ‘If you bear this in mind 50 to 60 percent of the problems can be solved. If you take the media into confidence with regard to sensitive and delicate matters, then they will never let you down and this is my experience.’ To foster a better understanding of the media he suggested readers of newspapers could form associations to interact with the media, thus establishing a two way communication. An ombudsman for each newspaper or channel would also help towards this, he said.
After a brief Q and A, he launched the second edition of ‘Feature Writing’ written by n.meera raghavendra rao and spoke a few words about the book saying it was a scholarly work by the author, useful both to students of journalism and those who have a flair for writing features.
The author related briefly her motivation for writing a book of this nature and when the publishers of the book wanted to know her USP, she said there were very few on the subject written by Indian authors, who explained the concepts with illustrations from their own published work.