Leslie Ann Tripathy
Speaking on "The Future Of Journalism In The Digital Age"; a lecture organized by The Hindu and The Asian College of Journalism on October 18th, 2010, Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, said that journalism was facing the best and worst challenge of its life. It is a catch-22 situation. It has to be participative and should aspire to achieve and reflect diversity.
It was a typical Saturday evening in Chennai known for its cultural confluence and literary engagement. All roads led to the Museum Theatre in Chennai. It was an evening to remember. Everybody had a few expectations, because Alan Rusbridger, Editor of ‘The Guardian’, United Kingdom had already brought a revolution in journalism in the digital age. It is his sustained campaign that has already put ‘The Guardian’ at the top. In a 24/7 world crying for news; truthful reporting for subtraction and addition any journalist has to dip his toe in digital age. There are unprecedented changes and enormous paradigm shifts .Some names precede the legend. Alan is one of them. As the 1953-born Alan Rusbridger known for his two dangerous tools; truth and technology with which he has revolutionized his newspaper for 13 years stood to speak, there was a hushed silence in the room. It was like a magician at his work. As we succumbed to the Rusbridger rapture, we realized we have to weed out obvious fabulists and we must reject the unsupported sensationalists and and it was time for reengineering of traditional workforce and reallocation of resources.
Alan highlighted the challenges that came from digital technology, mobile and social networks like Twitter and Facebook. A robust optimist that he was, Rusbridger said, " If we behave less than honourably we will be knocked down. We will stand exposed to the spread of social networking sites." If knowledge is power, we have to assimilate the tools to our advantage. N.ram, Editor -in-Chief of The Hindu high-lighted the critical importance of the subject and referred the two worlds one for the developing countries like India, China and African Countries and the other for the developed countries. He talked about the paradox of divergence and convergence. As the audience left one could only remember Wordsworth in The Solitary Reaper:
"The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more"