I read sometime ago the views of Kiyotaka Akasaka in TOI, regarding the high quality of journalism in Japan and the positive role it plays. Unlike in India journalism seems to draw top students to the profession which probably helps in maintaining the quality and standard of newspapers in the country. The newspaper scene in India with some exceptions ofcourse presents a contrast where journalism which is supposed to inform, educate and entertain people appears to go all out to fulfill the last role pandering to the tastes of modern generation.
When the chairman of the Press Council suggested journalists should have formal education to join the profession, it was met with a lot of opposition and criticism though he made a very valid point. The redeeming feature is today in the prevailing situation in India be it the Heads of Industry, Country, Educational institutions and the like ,journalists cannot be blamed for unmaking them in pursuit of truth. As long as they are able to differentiate between Truth and Sensationalism, a quality required for professionalism, their service should be lauded.
n.meera raghavendra rao