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The best time to be in journalism is now- Nik Gowing

Written by  Oct 03, 2015
News Anchor and a presenter for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World News, Mr. Nik Gowing has said that the best moment to be a broadcast journalist is now because of the current and latest available opportunity that technology provides us. The over 30 years experienced broadcaster explained that broadcast journalism now, cannot be defined as the in the past because the reality on the ground is far different form how we saw it in the past. He admonished broadcast journalist to be of strong character and extremely ‘’crazy’’ to get the work done. Mr. Gowing explained that as a journalist your listeners or the general public are the top most priority and therefore you should get your facts right, be truthful and come prepared with whatever you doing. ‘’You must be well informed, you must be mercilessly well informed’’. He admonished journalist never to compromise their integrity for any reason. He said it would be disappointing for any journalist to accept money from anyone just to twist a story in their favour. ‘’If someone turned to me and ask me to do something and offer me money then, that would be the time to embarrass them’’ he said journalist need to be ‘’roguish’’ and challenge themselves to resist any attempt to do the bidding of people. Mr. Gowing said journalist must eschew corruption, be of high moral standards and be guided by the principles and ethics of the profession because journalism in itself is to serve society, humanity and correct the ills in society. He posited that, the growing trend of technology has created a larger platform for information dissemination, communication and news, therefore journalist should take up the opportunity available to us to make journalism and society better in a more vibrant and truthful manner. The presenter indicated that, technology has indeed giving us the opportunity to get feedback from our cherished listeners and viewers and therefore we have the opportunity to review and evaluate our performance. He said journalist must show some form of mutual respect, discipline and dedication to their work. Journalism according to him is not an easy task if really you want to achieve positive results. He described ‘’solee’’ (some form of appreciation giving to journalist after covering an event) as a form of corruption or better still some form of bribery against the guided principles and ethics of the profession. Mr. Gowing said journalist should not allow ‘’people in power’’ to dictate to them how they do they do their work. He further admonished journalist to be impartial and one sided.      
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