IMPHAL, November 9: The state requires more trained and qualified journalists to bring a real change in the society, stated Prof Amar Yumnam, dean, School of Social Sciences, Manipur University who presided over the inaugural function of a three-day workshop on “Citizen Journalism” today at Manipur University, Canchipur.
The workshop has been organized jointly by the Department of Mass Communication, Manipur University and IGNOU Institute for Vocational Education and Training (IIVET), Shillong from November 9 to 11 at the New Block of Mass Communication, Manipur University.
Prof Amar further maintained that the journalists of the state should take the cause for bringing peace and development to the region rather confining themselves to the gloomy scenario.
Vice-chancellor of Manipur University, Prof HNK Sarma, who attended the function as the chief guest, asserted that the workshop on citizen journalism would surely encourage the general public to come forward and highlight their grievances to the media.
Democracy would certainly be strengthened if public begin to take part in activities like citizen journalism, he noted.
Editor of Manipur Mail, Ningthoukhongjam Ibungochoubi maintained that citizen journalism is a kind of participatory journalism where the media content is generated by the audiences rather than by the working journalists.
He further appealed to all to join and encourage the movement for citizen journalism.
The participants of the workshop would have more interactions on citizen journalism with Prof Nagaraj from Assam University.