IUST Workshop: ‘Kashmir Doesn’t Have an Environmental Journalist’

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Islamic University of Science and Technology’s (IUST) department of Journalism and Mass Communication Thursday organized a one day workshop on “Disaster Preparedness and role of Media”.

The program which saw participation of renowned Journalists and columnists besides activists was held in collaboration with several NGOs.

The speakers focused on “state disaster scenario; reporting disaster; disaster preparedness; conflict sensitive disaster and disaster conflict interface.” The workshop was attended by students and faculty of IUST’s Journalism department.

The organizers said that the workshop aimed to aware and sensitize students of Journalism for reportage on Natural Disaster or Human Disaster. Speakers detailed on the precautions one should take before a disaster and how media should help to tackle it.

Speaking in the inaugural session, an academic Fozia Qazi said, “when humans made certain errors which disturb the natural phenomenon could lead to the natural disaster and we need an environmental Journalist here which we unfortunately don’t have.”

Fozia, who heads Chinar International added, “here is a need of a environmental journalist who could provide the accurate information to the people during the disaster or before it.”

Shafat Ahmad, who heads Centre for Law and Development Policy Srinagar, said, “awareness among the people at individual level by the help of media could reduce the loss during any disaster and the people must be given a special hard core disaster training by the help of media.”

Among the guests who were present in the workshop included Mehmood-ur-Rashid, Peerzada Ashiq, Ashfaq Matoo, Dr G M Dar, Tasleem Arif Ahmad.

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