By Tinishya De Souza
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Understanding that knowledge of judicial matters is a ‘must’ for a journalist, the Department of Journalism organized an interactive session for the students with Swati Deshpande, a senior journalist and currently an assistant editor at the Times of India, Mumbai.
Swati, who is passionate about law, has been covering courts for over a decade. She works towards enlightening people about their statutory, legal and fundamental rights.
Swati began the session by highlighting the very basic fact that every journalist requires to have knowledge about what they are writing and their primary goal should be to write accurately. She also said that online journalism is going to be the ‘way of journalism’ in the near future. She went on to explain the difference between public order and law and order as well as the difference in criminal contempt and civil contempt.
The topics she briefly covered were the Indian Penal Code, sedition, the IT act, defamation, contempt of court and the Parliament. She defined each of these topics to the students and shared examples from her experience in her career. Swati concluded by putting forth a few words of advice. She said that journalists should aim at writing accurate stories but must include some perspective while writing each story.