We are well aware that media is one of the most powerful entities on earth because it holds the power of mass communication. It has easy access to control the minds, behaviour and mindset of the people. However, the future of media and journalism as a public good which speaks the ‘power of truth’ requires a solid foundation. Inner competition amongst journalists and the media are violating the rights of all citizens by promoting a wrong and unethical sort of patriotism by constantly creating common enemies with the intentions to divide and tarnish the image of potential leaders. Power is being misused to manipulate the masses by misleading and misinterpreting information through papers, social media and protests.
Professionally, it is understood that the newsroom has always been a battleground for influence and control over the news agenda but there should be transparency inside media and the publication of information. It is important to fight for an ‘unbiased’ media because the right information is the foundation of our future.
It is the work of the media and journalists to keep any kind of power under account, which is why they cannot and should not allow themselves to be bought or succumb to propaganda. Power holds a great amount of responsibility, and the kind of information that the masses are fed, is what they become. The media and journalists have forgotten the other side of the coin, the other side of their power that should be focused and utilised. They forget to focus on the good deeds that go unpublished, the achievements and success of potential leaders and the people who have worked hard to contribute to society. I strongly believe they deserve greater recognition to set an example to the masses, especially the youth.
‘News’ clearly defined as, ‘newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events’ is a liberating definition that has unfortunately been restricted with negativity by those who execute it.
We have come across many inspiring figures that have done good deeds but are overlooked by the media and journalists. Why is it that only the wrong morals are hyped up but not the good deeds? The people deserve to know the good work that has been brought down to them instead of despising and blaming failures due to biased information and propagandas. What is written and shown to the public is what they choose to believe, it touches our lives, our background knowledge, and it plays a massive role in moulding our personality right from childhood. Since the media addresses before a large audience, power needs to be used wisely and professionally by not only voicing out and respecting people’s opinions but presenting solid facts in the right technique.
We need to be influenced with growth and development. The youth needs to see more inspiring public figures and brilliant minds. We cannot only keep watching failures that leave us cautious and furious; the media should also provide a balance of news with success, growth and purpose that teaches us ‘how’ to grow as individuals. The youth is our hope for a better tomorrow. Our country is capable to strive for the land we live in; our ambitious youths aspire for a better country and future. As a concerned citizen and student it is important that the media is aware of its power to influence society.
Graduate in English Literature, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong