Nagpur News: Fabrice Node-Langlois, a journalist with Le Figaro, the leading newspaper in France, visited the Department of Mass Communication, RTM Nagpur University on Tuesday and had a fruitful interaction with the students.
He was touring India to cover the ongoing general elections and was in Nagpur to do a special story on the city because it lies in the centre of India. He interacted at length with the Head of the Department and senior journalist, Mr. Moiz Mannan Haque, about the political, social and economic history of Nagpur and was curious to know about the different dimensions of the demand for Vidarbha’s statehood.
Speaking to the students, he said the basic requirements of someone wanting to be a journalist are the same all over the world – curiosity and interest in people. He lamented that the new generation of journalists, owing to the easy availability of information on the Internet and other IT tools, is not too keen to rough it out on the field and actually meet a lot of people face-to-face.
Online media, he said has thrown up many challenges for the traditional print journalists. Replying to a question, he pointed out that the credibility of the media in France, as in most of the world, is at a low at this time. Tough competition and the need to get things into public view as soon as possible, often makes young journalists compromise on facts and fair play, he said. He offered his newspaper’s co-operation to students who might want to conduct joint studies between Indian and French media.
Node-Langlois was accompanied by Abhishek Singh, Managing Editor of the city’s first major web news portal NagpurToday.