By RAJ KUMAR SHARMA ,Ludhiana : A five-day training program on “Farm Journalism and Documentation of Success Stories” organized by Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI) in collaboration with Department of Agricultural Journalism, Languages and Culture concluded at Punjab Agricultural University today. Sixteen extension officials from state Agriculture, Dairy development and Horticulture department attended this program.
According to Dr M.S. Mahal, Director, PAMETI, the training program imparted practical skills in basic laws of journalism, tips for writing success stories, writing for Punjabi magazines, global overview of farm journalism, citizen journalism, types, structure and reporting of news, basics of a newspaper, working of a newspaper office, photo journalism etc.
Mr Navdeep Singh, Programme Executive, All India Radio, Jalandhar deliberated on the role of Radio in farm development and provided skills in script writing for radio and TV. Crisp talks and quick change overs are must for electronic media, he asserted. Sharing basic tips of communication, Dr. J.S. Dhiman, Additional Director of Center for Communication and International Linkages, stated that communication is vital and it works for those who work at it.
Mrs Amrita Chaudhary, Principal Correspondent from Indian Express also shared her practical experiences in journalism. The officers were also taken for a field visit where they were given practical exercises to document success stories of a few leading small farmers, who have opted for diversification in agriculture and subsidiary occupations. The other resource persons for the training programme were Dr A.P. Singh, Senior Editor (English), Dr Jagdish Kaur, Dr Sarabjeet Singh, Dr Narinder Pal, Ms Gulneet Chahal, Dr Sheetal Thapar, Mehak Jain, Amrita Chaudhary, Dr Sumedha Bhandari, and Dr Ashoo Toor.