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हिंदी पत्रकारिता की धज्जिया उड़ाने वाले कोई और नहीं हिंदी के तथाकथित पत्रकार खुद है. ये पत्रकारिता नहीं मठाधीशी करते है. कम से कम उत्तर भारत के सबसे ज्यादा बिकने वाले एक प्रसिद्ध हिंदी दैनिक के कार्यालय में जाने पर तो यही अनुभव हुआ. अखबार देखिये तो लगता है खबर के बीच विज्ञापन नहीं बल्कि विज्ञापन के बीच खबर छप रही है. उसके बाद भाषा का स्तर देखिये वही हिंग्लिश या फिर सतही हिंदी का प्रदर्शन. और करेला जैसे नीम चढ़ा वैसी ही बकवास खबरे. मसलन बराक ओबामा को भी अपनी पत्नी से डर लगता है! इस खबर इस समाचार पत्र ने फोटो सहित प्रमुखता से छापा पर इस अखबार के लोगो को पुरुष उत्पीडन जैसी गंभीर बात को जगह देने की समझ नहीं। इसकी सारगर्भिता को समझाना उनके लिए उतना ही कठिन हो जाता है जैसे किसी बिना पढ़े लिखे आदमी को आइंस्टीन के सूत्र समझाना। बिना पढ़े लिखे आदमी को भी बात समझाई जा सकती है अगर वो कम से कम सुनने को तैयार हो मगर वो ऐसी बात सुनकर मरकही गाय की तरह दुलत्ती मारने लगे तब? हिंदी पत्रकारिता आजकल ऐसे ही लोग कर रहे है.
हिंदी पत्रकारिता का जब इस देश में उदय हुआ था तो उसने इस देश के आज़ादी में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाई थी. उस युग के सभी प्रमुख क्रांतिकारियों के अपने समाचार पत्र थें. लेकिन आज के परिदृश्य में ये पूंजीपतियों के हाथो में सबसे बड़ा अस्त्र है अपने प्रोडक्ट को बेचने का, राजनैतिक रूप से अपने विरोधियो को चित्त करने का. सम्पादकीय आजकल प्रभावित होकर लिखे जा रहे है. हिंदी समाचार पत्र में छपने वाले समाचार खबरों के निष्पक्ष आकलन के बजाय अंग्रेजी अखबारों के खबरों का सतही अनुवाद भर है. मै जिस उत्तर भारत के सबसे ज्यादा पढ़े जाने वाले प्रसिद्ध समाचार पत्र की बात कर रहा हूँ वो अपने को सांस्कृतिक विचारो के प्रभाव को दिशा देने वाला समझता है लेकिन अपने अखबार के मिनी संस्करण के पन्नो पर विकृत हिंदी में (माने कि हिंग्लिश) में सबसे कूड़ा खबरे और वो भी “ऑय कैंडी” के सहारे बेचता है. “आय कैंडी” आखिर भारी विरोध के वजह से गायब तो हुआ पर जाते जाते बाज़ार में टिके रहने की समझ दे गया!
बाज़ार में बने रहने का गुर इस्तेमाल करना गलत नहीं है लेकिन इसका ये मतलब ये नहीं है कि आप खबरों के सही विश्लेषण करने की कला को तिलांजलि दे दें. लेकिन हकीकत यही है. हिंदी के पत्रकार और सम्पादक ना सीखना चाहते है और ना ही सीखने की तमीज रखते है. कुएं के मेढंक बने रहना इन्हें सुहाता है. अगर यकीन ना हो तो किसी हिंदी के अखबार के दफ्तर में जाके देख लें. खासकर उत्तर भारत के सबसे ज्यादा बिकने वाले हिंदी के अखबार के दफ्तर में तो जरूर जाए. वहा आपको खुले दिमागों के बजाय दंभ से चूर बंद दिमाग आपको मिलेंगे। क्या ये दिमाग सच को उभारेंगे? समाज को बदलेंगे?
Well, it appears emergence of bloggers have really unsettled journalists and media groups. I say so because they love to indulge in snide insinuations about the bloggers, which speak volume about their insecurities. I had been part of journalistic fraternity and, therefore, know quite well about the type of work done inside newspaper office. I agree that journalists follow a refined work culture, which lays stress on “accuracy, a critical sense, balance “and divergent view-points. However, it’s really tough to understand how come presence of certain aspects in one circle leads to absence of same aspects in other circle following a different modus operandi? It really defies logic that while highlighting the good features of traditional media, it’s been assumed that media in its new avatara (emergence of blogosphere) lacks credibility and substance.
The truth is that bloggers have emerged as better alternative because traditional media betrayed the faith imposed on them by the readers. It’s now very clear that newspapers/electronic media take stand according to their political affiliations. Most news is now sponsored news. And that’s the reason why bloggers emerged on the surface. You cannot fool all the people all the time. Okay, the journalists are taking total care of language errors, factual accuracy and etc. but these are of little use if the end product is flawed one! I think none of the gentlemen participating in the debate came to throw light on the unholy nexus between journalists, politicians and business tycoons. True, great power is always in tandem with great responsibility and I am pretty sure that bloggers would learn all the tricks necessary to present news items in better way. In fact, they have already done some wonderful work. It’s now undeniable that citizens have finally found a medium to express views close to the reality. Or else, they were left at the mercy of big media brands who offered only half truths in name of truth!
Anyway, when I appreciate the good work done by the bloggers, I do not assume (like my friends in newspaper world) that everything is wrong about the traditional media and people associated with them. They have certainly set good precedents. But my main worry is that will the bloggers be able to keep themselves above the flaws found in traditional media landscape? Will they be able to use in fair way privileges enjoyed by them? Or will they become monkey with a razor blade? Let’s leave it on time. In the end, I must inform my friends that in many countries, including India, new IT laws have been introduced to make bloggers more responsible. In other words, they are being tamed in name of acting with responsibility.
If bloggers have still to learn a lot from journalists, if they are still novice and if they are still inexperienced I wish to know why all prominent magazines, newspapers, websites and web editions of prominent magazines are placing views of bloggers side-by-side views of their own writers/journalists on important pages? In India nearly all news papers have either introduced regular columns for bloggers or they are borrowing articles from them. If bloggers or blogging still lack required credibility, I wish to know why many journalists have become bloggers? Why are they playing the role of blogger? Why blog columns have been introduced by prominent magazines like Time, Newsweek, New York Times and etc.?
Lastly, it really sounds ludicrous when I notice that veteran journalists speak aloud about superiority of their ilk only because they have received certain training and they have got few qualifications. That gives them right not to acknowledge the traces of good writer and journalist in a person who did not become like them but instead became a blogger! In other words, if one becomes a blogger one loses the right to emerge as person of substance; after all, how dare one wrote beautiful articles, prepared brilliant news reports without qualification and training! This rigid insistence is a weak (and shrewd as well) attempt to maintain their superiority complex and monopoly, which in any case is destined to be crashed in new scenario that has emerged.
Anyway, I am just trying to establish that qualifications and training are not the only or ultimate parameter to measure the worth of a blogger. The ultimate parameter is the qualitative output a blogger delivers even as the blogger is devoid of critical resources, key infrastructure, financial gain and reward. On the contrary, a journalist enjoys all this advantages. The blogger, on the other hand, is most of time, a selfless crusader. So it really hurts that instead of being honoured, the blogger’s good work is ignored citing absence of training/qualification. I wish to know will they dare to dismiss the greatest performances of many actors, singers, sportsmen and businessmen, to name a few, only because they did all that not with help of training and qualification but with help of natural talent provided by the almighty Lord? Will the future generations refuse to acknowledge their worth only because they did not attend Business College, Acting College, Fine Arts College and etc? Please think over it carefully.
In one of the recent discussions on a prominent LinkedIn forum, some participants representing prestigious journalistic bodies were of the opinion that bloggers lack the expertise which is found in the journalists. They conveyed the impression that since journalists get trained at recognized school of journalism, they display a better critical sense, exhibit better style and react in more mature way. That makes them a greater and more respectable entity than a blogger. However, in my eyes, they missed an important aspect: Why should a blogger be interested in emerging as a good journalist?
It can be easily understood that rising importance of bloggers and their ever-increasing influence have unsettled their counterparts in journalistic circles. However, I am not interested in being at loggerheads with them. I am, at present, more interested in making bloggers aware of the fact that instead of aspiring to emerge as a good journalist, it’s time to acknowledge the uniqueness associated with blogging and how to use it well to do justice with critical issues.
The difference between them should exist even as both come to use similar method and approach while dealing with sensitive issues. The bloggers should not be coloured in the traits which has made journalism a profession instead of a mission! One cannot overlook the fact that journalists or editors having a developed critical sense often display biased approach while framing the perspective.
For instance, if one reads India related news items in reputed foreign magazines one would always notice prejudices of foreign correspondents. Still they boast of impartiality and transparency! The bloggers, more often than not, are free from external pressures to view the issue from a particular angle only. They are free to present the issue as it is. It’s another thing that being human they give way to prejudiced opinions.
I strongly dismiss the views which suggest that it’s necessary to be part of journalistic institution to emerge as a good writer or good journalist. The ability to write a perfect piece cannot be nurtured within journalistic institutions. A good news sense cannot be manufactured. In fact, it’s a recent trend to have a degree from journalistic institution. That’s one of the reasons why many journalistic institutions have come in origin in India, which are fooling the wannabe journalists.
Anyway, that’s not an attempt to ignore the role of good institutes but I am against any division based on this assumption that journalists are better since they have honed their skills at some institute. Bloggers, too, have their own share of unique experiences which cannot be overlooked only because they have not attended any journalistic institution!
Anyway, let the blogger set good precedents without the desire to emerge as a good journalist. After all, the bloggers have emerged as a better alternative to biased media. There is no need for them to copycat mannerism prevalent in the journalistic circles. The bloggers should aim to be better than journalists instead of being like them!