Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (DJMC), Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tuesday organised two interaction sessions—one with noted political journalist, Anando Bakhto, and another with prominent author, Dr Nitasha Kaul.
The sessions were attended by students and faculty of DJMC, English Language and Literature, and Centre of International Relations, IUST.
Bhakto, who serves as Assistant Editor with The Sunday Guardian, provided the students with guidelines and tricks to cover political beat. He said politics is a sensitive beat, “so one must act in a smart way to gather information”.
“You may come across a variety of people with different points of view. In order to extract information from them, you ought to be neutral and not reveal your side,” Bakhto told students.
He also shared with students some tips to enhance their news writing skills and be able to write for global media.
In another session on ‘Politics, Democracy and Kashmir’, Dr Nitasha—Kashmir's first woman novelist—talked about her first novel 'Residue', which is based on Kashmiri people living outside Kashmir. Talking about the Kashmir conflict, she said even though guns and stones are a part of Kashmir struggle, there is a lot more about the issue.
Responding to a question about use of narratives in writing, she said, “narratives are an important tool to persuade people”.
Head of DJMC, Dr Ruheela Hassan said that both the sessions were useful for the students. “It was great to hear from both of them, who shared their respective perspectives of politics with the students,” she said, and added that “interacting with the experts of varied areas always helps students to learn from their experiences”.