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Making it Click! Prominent photojournalists come together to talk about how is it being a photojournalist.

Jaipur, 22 September 2019

Camera for long has stood an icon of journalists identity. Pictures from war and revolutions have recorded history live from ground zero. Yet, between camera and action lies a long and risky pause that encompasses a photojournalist’s life. This behind the camera journey revealed ahead of the audience on the third day of Talk Journalism 2019 as senior photojournalists Purushottam Diwakar of India Today and Bhagirath Basnet of The Times of India went in a panel discussion with Gaurav Hajela, Founder and Managing Director of Pathfynder Solutions

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Each of these photojournalists over decades of their experience has earned a long list of admirers and been appreciated on various occasions. However, even these are not unknown to the disappointments that come in routine. 

While talking on the risks that a journalist dares for a perfect angle and shot, they happen to mention of few tragedies. Either of them though agreed on another persistent fear.

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“A photojournalist at times spends long hours waiting for the right picture. Even if he manages to capture it with great effort the same might not get published,” they agreed unanimously. 

A photojournalist though has to learn to think beyond the lights and technical aspects of photography and demand of the publisher while they click the shoot. They have to be constantly aware of their surroundings, at times this could literally a lifesaver. 

Diwakar narrated a lesson from his wealth of experience. It was during an expedition in the remote areas of Africa that he came across a tribe that has so far remained untouched by the modern world. No journalist has ever reached the tribe and less was known about them to the outside world. Diwakar was none the less excited to capture their story first. 

He couldn’t understand their language but tried to make the most of their gestures and expressions. It’s during this that he made a horrifying revelation.

“They wanted to kill me,” he said. 

At the moment he had to let go of the urge to record the tribe’s life and start thinking to save his own. A smooth exit and hasty descend from the hill helped him to stay alive to narrate the story. 

The discussion continued to highlight several other aspects of visual media and shared many interesting experiences. It was though the passion that seems to have kept the life of the photojournalists clicking.

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Capturing history live in their camera, a photojournalist brings their audience closest to the actual scene of action. The camera has for long been a symbol for media and the photojournalists are the torch bearers of the same. 

Courtesy- Newsroom at Talk Journalism

Text: Dr Kailash Gupta | Copy Edit: Niharika Raina |

Editorial Coordination: Rupali Soni & Niharika Raina 

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11 exciting sessions for those looking to carve a space in the media industry at #TJ19|Jaipur Beat

In the fast-developing era of technology, the media space is changing like never before. There is a need for a platform where professions, trends related to it, technological advances, challenges are discussed and debated.

The stage for the same is getting ready at the biggest Media Festival on 20th September 2019 at Fairmount Jaipur-

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Talk Journalism has seen a successful run of five editions and now it is coming up with its sixth edition which is scheduled on 20th-22nd September 2019. The festival has been mainly designed to benefit all the professionals, students and enthusiasts of journalism.

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Talk Journalism is an initiative of The Vox Foundation which aims at bridging this gap and takes a step towards initiating the media dialogue. The only dedicated festival that celebrates Media and Journalism and gives a platform to the aspiring media professionals to discuss and debate about related issues. The festival attracts the pioneers in media and lets them share their experiences about the industry with the audience. It is the most enriching experience in a journey of being a journalist.

For the students of Mass Communication and Journalism, this is a great platform where the students can meet these speakers and hear the words of wisdom from them. Aspiring media professionals can meet experts and can attend workshops by Google, Twitter, Facebook. Be a part of the Photography Competition and Quizzes. And the most important thing #TJ19 will be having HR Representatives of leading Media Houses and they will be on the lookout for interns at the event.

For those looking to carve a space in the media industry, here are few Talks and Workshops at #TJ2019 they should not miss-

  1. Restoring Faith in Journalism– Session by Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Sheshadari Chari, Pritish Nandy, Yashwant Vyas and Seema Chisti.

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  1. Is Sports Journalism more placid than Political Journalism – Session by Ayaz Memon, Sharda Urga and Navneet Mundra.
  2. State of Satire- Cyrus Brocha a TV anchor, comedian, political satirist, columnist, podcaster and the author in conversation with Anant Jha.

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4. Speaking Truth to Power- The Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and the Managing Editor of NDTV India Ravish Kumar and Eugene Robinson an associate editor of The Washington Post

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5. Dateline Kashmir: Post article 370- The scrapping of Article 370 and the mixed thoughts about it will be discussed by the Rajesh Raina and Praveen Dhonti.

6. Is Serious Journalism Sustainable on Digital -Akash Banerjee, Govind Raj, Prasanna, Vignesh, Shivendra and Jairaj will be moderating.

7. Perils of being an Editor- A session by Siddhart Vardrajan, Srinivasan Jain, Prafulla Ketkar, Meenal Baghel and Arijit Sen.

8. Political Journalism: Is it all about access -Rahul Shrivastav, Narendra Nath, Mahesh Langa, Marya Shakeel and Tribhuvan.

9. Tackling Information- In a world where misinformation can lead to dangerous results, it is important to know how to tackle them. Jency Jacob, Prateek Sinha, HR Venkatesh and Trushar Barot will be taking this session.

10. Presentations- Facebook Presentation by Trushar Barot, Twitter presentation by Amrita Tripathi and Google workshop by Surabhi Malik

11. The Language of Journalism- Ashwani Pareek, Rahul Dev and Sandeep Purohit

Registrations for the event is entirely free.

20 – 22 September @Fairmont, Jaipur

https://www.talkjournalism.in/event-registration/

 

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Siok Siok Tan – Director of ‘Boomtown Beijing’ & An Avid Photographer Gets Candid at Talk Journalism 2018

Founder of KineticONE & Director of Twittamentary – one of the best & the most objective documentaries on social media ever made – Siok Siok Tan held an interesting & detailed Documentary workshop on the first day of Talk Journalism 2018.

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Born & raised in Singapore, Siok Siok Tan is based in Beijing and is a pool of multiple talents manifested in her diverse documentaries talking about some eminent times like the pre-1965 Singapore and delving into perspectives that had been untapped. Her direction ‘Boomtown Beijing’ – a video documentary that captured the feeling of hosting the 2008 China Olympics through the eyes of Beijing, gained wide popularity and great success. 

Challenges faced by a female journalist?

When asked about the challenges faced as a female journalist, Siok had a rather uncommon & honest response to offer.

‘In times when women, especially the ones in a field as powerful as journalism, are supposed to be strong & aggressive, I find myself not fitting in. My gentle personality and polite nature contradict the way I am supposed to be, but I kind of accept it and embrace it and try not to overcompensate for the gender bias out there.’ 

You have given numerous documentaries in the last many years, what is it that you are currently working on?

I am always working on something. Last year I did two coffee table books on social media & photography in China, right now I am working on a personal project. 

Talking about social media & photography, which social media tool do you think has emerged as the most powerful when it comes to adding value to some excellent works & deserving artists?

There are lots of platforms which empower the works of art, but the most powerful among them is Twitter, because the more open a platform is, the more it gives way to opportunities, news, stories & draws attention to the right things at the right time. 

Siok Siok Tan had a Documentary workshop on Day 1 at Talk Journalism 2018.

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She emphasized on ‘One needs to make the film for the community’. As an independent filmmaker, I have learned marketing also to sell my film. We learn all the technicalities of filmmaking but never marketing skills. She ended with a note- There is no money in documentary filmmaking.

The event that is taking place in Rajasthan’s capital, hosted by Fairmont Jaipur, is a non-profit initiative to bring the best in journalism under one roof and get them to talk to each other and let the world listen.

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Let’s Talk About Talk Journalism In Jaipur

What brings you closer to truth, also takes you away from illusion. The closest you will ever go to seeing the heart of the world is through journalism. It is the most widely spread profession that discusses the world but is seldom discussed. The share of stories might change over time, the storytellers may come and leave but the curiosity and the need for them remains the same. With an increasing level of the sacred games that take place behind the curtains, under the tables and in the dark, Journalism is catching up with its own value as the country realizes the need to discuss Journalism itself. To make both ends meet, an initiative by Vox Media Foundation called Talk Journalism has taken its form in Jaipur City. It brings to you the bold and the unafraid ones, the ones who are known to be the greatest journalists of the era.

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Talk Journalism is a non-profit initiative base on the idea that there is an urgent need to discuss journalism in today’s era because it is the profession that discusses all other professions but is itself seldom talked about. It aims to skin down journalism itself and look at its aspects that have never been brought up.

It all started in 2012, with a simple tweet call to all the journalists to come forward and discuss the Evolution of journalism over time. After four successful editions of Talk Journalism since 2012 (2012, 2015-17), the fifth edition is going to be held in Jaipur from 10th to 12th August 2018 and Jaipur Beat is the official digital media partner.

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The greatest attraction at any social event is its guests. The speakers for Talk Journalism include some of the most eminent personalities from the world of Indian as well as International Media and Press. Speakers like Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai, Ayaz Menon and Jency Jacob are going to be a part of this event along with the others.

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Apart from the talk shows and interactive sessions with the audience, various interesting workshops and mini events are also going to be held at Talk Journalism 2018 including a workshop by Google India, Unconference and Live Newsroom for aspiring journalists, and Lensbusters celebrating the spirit of photography. The event would be concluded with musical performances each day.

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The registration for the event is taking place online and is free of cost. So mark the dates in your calendar!

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Date: 10th – 12th August 2018

Venue: Fairmont, Jaipur

Timings: 10:00 am onwards.

For more details hop on to https://www.talkjournalism.in/